After my older brother, who was a great support to me, passed away in 1977, I faced lots of challenges. Most of all, I was very worried about my daughter’s health. She was two years old at the time and suffered from chronic diarrhea. According to the doctors, this was the reason why our daughter had never been able to walk. At first, my wife and I had our daughter follow a treatment in modern medicine, then a treatment in traditional African medicine—but all to no avail. Our daughter’s condition seemed incurable.
Upon learning of my situation, a friend felt compassion for me. He gave me a copy of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, and told me that the message of the book would bring me the solutions I was looking for. At first, I refused to take the book because I did not trust the word Science in the title, also because I was completely unaware of the existence and teachings of Christian Science.
However, my friend strongly insisted that I take and read that book, convinced that it would help me. Because of his insistence, I felt obligated to accept it. I then started reading it. I had become an atheist a few years before, having lost all faith in God. But the content of Science and Health immediately caught my attention.
I was particularly struck by the following passage: “…‘Faith without works is dead.’ Faith, if it be mere belief, is as a pendulum swinging between nothing and something, having no fixity. Faith, advanced to spiritual understanding, is the evidence gained from Spirit, which rebukes sin of every kind and establishes the claims of God” (Science and Health, p. 23). It was as if these words were talking directly to me. I felt that instead of trying to have blind faith, which had led me to become an atheist, I could have a faith filled with results and tangible proofs that God is present in our lives.
I then felt impelled to pray with all my heart. Over the next three days, as I continued reading Science and Health, I asked God to reveal to me His existence and the reason He sent His Son, Christ Jesus. Somehow, I knew I was doing what God asks us to do in Malachi: “Prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (3:10).
On the third day, I felt particularly inspired. I knew then that God does exist, that He is our Father-Mother, and He is always responding to our needs. That very day, I experienced an instantaneous and spectacular healing of a throat infection that had been going on for a few days and had prevented me from eating and drinking normally.
A few days after this moment of profound inspiration, my daughter was healed of the chronic diarrhea. About a week later, she started walking for the first time. Our joy was enormous! Our daughter has grown up in good health and has remained healthy.
These first few healings were followed by many others. I have faced a lot of difficult moments in my life, but as I’ve continued to practice this Science, prayer has always helped me overcome them. My love for Christian Science has increased over the years. I have started helping people through scientific prayer, and I am now a full-time Christian Science practitioner.
God has a plan for each one of us, a wonderful plan, and it is with gratitude that I witness it every day.
Matadi, Bas-Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo
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