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THE GOD I PRAY TO...
Praying in times of crisis, or quiet times, is a given for Makengo Ma Pululu. In 1994 he was teaching school in Rwanda when the genocidal attacks on Tutsi people began in that East African country. He and his family fled to the refugee camps in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, his home country. Every day called for more praying. And prayer met all needs: shelter, food, physical healing, security, and ways to help other refugees. Today, Makengo is a Christian Science practitioner in Kinshasa, DRC, and also serves as Christian Science Committee on Publication for the country. Sentinel senior writer Warren Bolon interviewed him by e-mail.
What is prayer, to you, and how do you go about it?
For centuries, people have prayed either for themselves and their families or for others, their nations, or the world. In Christian Science, prayer is not offered to "change God's will," or to tell Him (by pleading with Him as we might appeal to a human being) what He doesn't know. In its very substance, prayer is a quiet, conscious communion with God. Its basic purpose is actually to recognize God as God—as One and All. And in prayer we find our place in His care as idea—as His "image and likeness," in the language of the Bible.
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with contributions from DANIEL OTIENO OKELLO, SANDRA CARR OWENS, LAURA N. SINEX, DIANE A. CHARIPAR, DELIA THOMPSON
AT THE CENTER OF OUR LIVES
KIM SHIPPEY, SENIOR WRITER
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Hadeel Al-Shalchi
BY BARBARA VINING
HEARTS OPEN to GOD
BY GINGER MACK
IN A SAFE PLACE
BY INGRID MONSALVE
THE GOD I PRAY TO...
Warren Bolon with contributions from Makengo Ma Pululu
A spiritual response to food contamination
BY COLLEEN DOUGLASS
NEVER LEFT HANGING
BY KATHLEEN MANGELSDORF
PRAYER AND THE MISSING BUS PASS
BY GRACE GILLIS
FACING DOWN INTIMIDATION
BY VERENA LINNING
A TEACHER AND A TEACHING FOR ALL TIMES
A PRECIOUS COMMAND
EMILY WALKER BRICKLER
THE ETHICS OF THE ELECTED
SYMPTOMS OF KIDNEY DIFFICULTY HEALED
DILSHAD KHAMBATTA EAMES
PERMANENT HEALING AFTER BIKE ACCIDENT
PETER T. MUDIDA
LUMP IN BREAST HEALED QUICKLY
GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING