"God Had a Divine Plan for Us"

November 2, 2015 • Democratic Republic of the Congo
"God Had a Divine Plan for Us"

A mother of seven receives assistance to keep her family afloat

Marie-Jeanne Linganaiso is a farmer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

We left our home because of the ethnic conflict that exploded in our community in 2002. Traveling by foot wasn’t easy. It was difficult to find food because we didn’t know anyone who could help us. We worked as day laborers to get food, but it didn’t provide us with enough, so we were malnourished.

I met Samaritan’s Purse because they helped my 4-year-old daughter. She was diagnosed with severe malnutrition and tuberculosis at Nyankunde Hospital in 2014. That year, she had been hospitalized twice because of relapses. She was treated with therapeutic milk, and Samaritan’s Purse paid half of the bill. Now my daughter is doing well. We thank God from the bottom of our hearts for His compassion to us through the work of Samaritan’s Purse. It’s a joy to see strangers help us like we’re family. That love truly comes from God.

“God had a Divine Plan for Us”

Marie-Jeanne with her husband and two youngest children

After helping Sikamoti, Samaritan’s Purse also gave us food. It provided us with energy to work in our gardens. For our gardens, Samaritan’s Purse gave us materials, seeds, training, and coaching. The porridge our children now have to eat is a sign of love. The abundant growth of the cabbage, carrots, eggplant, and leeks in our gardens has given us more hope and joy.

I’m convinced that we will soon be bringing these vegetables home and that we’ll have enough to sell. With the money we make, we’ll be able to meet our needs and even pay for the children’s school fees.

We’re happy that Samaritan’s Purse is working in our village and that we learned new agricultural techniques. We’re also happy with the Bible studies Samaritan’s Purse conducted. God had a divine plan for us, and we thank Him for everything.