Back in 1921, a missionary couple named David and Svea Flood went with their two-year-old son from Sweden to the heart of Africa-to what was then called the Belgian Congo. They met up with another young Scandinavian couple, the Ericksons, and the four of them sought God for direction. In those days of much tenderness and devotion and sacrifice, they felt led of the Lord to set out from the main mission station and take the gospel to a remote area. This was a huge step of faith. At the village of N'dolera they were rebuffed by the chief, who would not let them enter his town for fear of alienating the local gods. The two couples opted to go half a mile up the slope and build their own mud huts.
They prayed for a
spiritual breakthrough, but there was none. The only contact with
the villagers was a young boy, who was allowed to sell them chickens
and eggs twice a week. Svea Flood-a tiny woman only four feet eight
inches tall-decided that if this was the only African she could talk
to, she would try to lead the boy to Jesus. And in fact, she
succeeded. But there were no other encouragements.
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