I’m originally from the Central African Republic, but I currently live in Mauritania. That’s where I heard about Christian Science for the first time.
I was born and raised in a Christian family, and when I was very young, my mom used to take me with her to church every Sunday. When I became older, my parents sent me to live with my uncle (my dad’s brother) and his family in the capital city so that I could pursue my education and go to high school. I was 15 years old.
My uncle, just like his wife, was not interested in religious matters, and they never went to mass on Sundays. I gradually got used to this new way of life and lost my interest in church.
I got my first period in my early teens, and several months after arriving at my uncle’s house, I started to experience severe pain each time I had my period. I didn’t want to tell my uncle and his wife, but they noticed there was a problem and took me to see a doctor, who prescribed some medicine. But this had little impact, since at the end of my period the pain disappeared, but it came back the next time.
Later, I got married and became pregnant. During and after the pregnancy I forgot about the pain, until 2011, about two years after the child was born and my husband had gone abroad, having found work in Mauritania. That same year, my husband asked me to come with the child and join him. I was mentally weak and physically ill. My son, who was three and a half years old, was also very sick. He suffered from malaria. We had taken him to the hospital, but he was not healed. We went to Mauritania, and, right after our arrival, my husband gave me a few issues of a magazine called The Herald of Christian Science, French Edition.
As I started reading, immediately I was very impressed with the articles and the testimonies. The first few months after I arrived, I spent all my free time reading the Herald, as well as a book called Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, although I didn’t understand anything at first.
During that time when I first found out about Christian Science, I learned to know what Christian Science was by studying Bible Lessons outlined in the Christian Science Quarterly, composed of citations from the Bible and Science and Health, and I also met a group of Christian Scientists. I witnessed how members of our group of Christian Scientists were healed through prayer as taught in Christian Science. I would like to mention that my son was healed through prayer not long after we arrived. He is perfectly healthy now.
I was praying consistently about the period pain I had been suffering from since I was a teenager.
I found these sentences in Science and Health, and they brought me a lot of inspiration in my prayers: “When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious—as Life eternally is—can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not” (p. 495). This statement played a key role in my healing, as well as this Bible story from the Gospel of Luke: “And [Jesus] was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God” (13:10–13).
Soon, the pain I had been experiencing disappeared and has never come back. This happened during 2014. I’m completely healed.
I give thanks to God because I’m so happy to have found Christian Science.
Originally published in the July 2017 French edition of The Herald of Christian Science.
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