It’s been a good while since I’ve read a non-fiction story. Those who know me will know that I love my Happy Ever Afters and escaping from real-life.It’s been a good while since I’ve read a non-fiction story. Those who know me will know that I love my Happy Ever Afters and escaping from real-life. However, sometimes it’s important to stay in touch with true stories, no matter how difficult the reality is.
The Rainbow or the Thunder was recommended to me by a dear friend who herself has experienced life in third world countries. This story meant even more to me knowing that the missionaries involved came from Kensington Temple and the Elim Pentecostal Church.
In brief, this book tells the story of missionaries who left their home comforts to serve God in the African communities. The author gives us an insight into who these people were and how they lived for God and spreading the Good News about Jesus. The book also gives a taste of how tough life in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) was and still is. From reading the blurb I always knew The Rainbow or the Thunder wasn’t going to make pleasant or comfortable reading (‘…On 23rd June, 1978, the mutilated bodies, including a three-week-old baby, were found…’) yet it left me with hope in my heart that with faith all things are possible.
I have nothing but admiration and respect for these missionaries who never gave up on God, or their mission, even when the worst possible trials imaginable were sent for them to face. In this world it’s all too easy for His grace and presence to be obliterated. Yet, for those with faith, they know that He is with them and always will be.
The Rainbow or the Thunder has left me feeling stronger than ever in my faith and with answers to a few of my many questions.
I first experienced the words of Jean Darnell when she visited Kensington Temple and led a service that I attended online. Immediately afterwards I knI first experienced the words of Jean Darnell when she visited Kensington Temple and led a service that I attended online. Immediately afterwards I knew I had to track down a copy of her book Heaven...Here I Come!
Jean Darnall shares her experiences with integrity. Reading about her difficulties also helped me realise that I'm not the only Christian who sometimes struggles with faith...