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Justice Sunday is November 4

Injustice comes in multiple guises, but always with the same effect – it dehumanizes, exploits, wounds, and enslaves. Human trafficking, religious persecution, corruption, are devil tools that suck the marrow out of one’s bones. As we pray for justice concerns, including the Persecuted Church, Benjamin Kisoni shares an update to his life story as his family continues to bear up under persecution in the DR Congo. Last year Benjamin preached at GFC (listen here, under "Persecuted Church") about bearing up under suffering. Early in December his book will be released telling more of his experience and of God’s sufficiency. Watch our interview with Benjamin to better understand the context of this update.

-Larry Nees, Outreach Pastor

My daughter Lydia locked my nice house and left everything behind –I mean everything! Marie and I had built and equipped that house hoping that it would be our retirement place, a place where our children and grandchildren would visit us. But now… Marie and five children are squeezed in a small house they are renting. I impulsively felt frustrated. It seemed like life has been unfair with me. Then a scripture came to my mind and comforted me, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).

Just recently Lydia graduated from a Pharmacy School and joined my wife, Marie, in Kinshasa, the capital city of the DR Congo, I was delighted by her achievement and relieved that she could finally leave my home town safe. Yet, she was my last child who was still living in my hometown, Butembo. Now we are all gone, scattered to an unknown future.

I’ve been in the USA for more than three years now. I fled from my country due to multiple threats to kill me because I wanted justice to be done in the assassination of my younger brother. Knowing that if I go back home I would be killed, I applied for asylum. But three times my application has been turned down. Recently the immigration judge argued that there was not sufficient ground to support my case. My lawyer has appealed and I’m waiting for the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeal. If I am granted asylum I can apply for my wife and those of our children who are under 21 years of age to come over and be reunited with me. If my application is turned down one more time, then, according to my lawyer, I will have to reopen the case within 90 days.

This period of waiting in limbo has been challenging, certainly. But, in my bumpy journey God has been working faithfully behind the scene. My faith has been refined. Waiting and dealing with different family issues and needs at the same time has taught me to fully trust God in everything. It is the same God who had prepared the GFC community in Johnson City to be a family for me. They have shown me unconditional love and have supported me in different ways. Many GFCers have been praying for me and encouraging me. The same God has helped me to be a blessing to the International Christian Fellowship community that GFC welcomed with an open heart in its facility a year ago.

I’m waiting upon the Lord in prayer, knowing that his purpose will prevail and his timing is always the best. Has life been unfair with me? Not at all! For I “know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

-Benjamin Kisoni

Benjamin is a GFC member who also pastors The International Christian Fellowship – a church of African immigrants to our Johnson City area that meets at GFC each Sunday at 1:30pm. Zondervan is publishing Benjamin’s book “God, Where are You?” available in early December. The book recounts his story, how the Lord sustains one who is suffering and how His promises and presence give strength in the midst of trials.

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