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CALM UNDER FIRE
Seeking calmness and serenity is a reassuring way to hear angels speak to us. That proved true for me when a friend and I were under siege in my house during the 1997 political crisis in my country, Republic of the Congo.
When this situation first began, my friend Éton and I found places for our wives in a region of the country that seemed safer. Two days later, our neighborhood in the capital, Brazzaville, was invaded by the warring factions. We, along with some brave neighbors, had agreed as a rule to check on each other as soon as we got up in the morning, because the night's confrontation had been severe.
Around four in the morning, fighters with the faction that was in control of the region began going from house to house to remove whoever was inside, because they thought their enemies were hiding in the homes. We hadn't been awakened by our neighbors, and we weren't aware of anything wrong. So, at six in the morning we went outside, thinking we should obey the agreedupon rule to wake each other. We were very surprised to find no one around.
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Philippe and his wife, Flore, have two children.
Focus on the goal
with contributions from Bob, Bonnie Gregson, Susan Omar, Patricia Ensign, Becky Brown, Rahla Lindsey
items of interest
with contributions from Bill Sherman, Eric Rutgrink, Dinah Eng, Jim Wallis
Peace of mind—even in chaotic times
By Joni Overton-Jung
CALM UNDER FIRE
By Kouakira-Miere Philippe
By Doug Simmons
Comfort comes from God
By Barbara Whitewater
Surrender that doesn't mean giving up
By David Degler
Retirement—are you really prepared?
By Miriam Mades
He said, she said
By Pamela Cook
The water's fine!
By Jennifer Lobl
My friend the Bible
By Eduardo Torfer
'...and having done all, to stand'*
David C. Kennedy
When rites become wrongs
By Kim Shippey Senior Writer
Skin condition healed
Lori Ann Jakuc
Help from God brings healing and protection
Sri Umiyati Haryono
Painful gums healed