I became acquainted with Christian Science nearly a decade ago when I was very sickly, suffering from a stomach ulcer, stomach pains, and other ailments. I had been striving to earn my primary school certificate, but I had given up hope because I spent most of my time in bed. One day, my father was listening to Radio Congo, as he often did, hoping to find a broadcast on health so that he could learn about new things to try to help me.
That afternoon, when he turned on the radio, he tuned directly to a Christian Science broadcast. During the program the presenter shared that he had not taken any medicine for several years, because he found healing in the one true Mind, God.
This was a revolutionary idea to my father, and he wanted to know more. He called the number provided on the broadcast to find out more about Christian Science, and he learned that there were some branch Churches of Christ, Scientist, close to us. He also learned about Christian Science practitioners, people who dedicate their time to praying for those in situations such as mine.
Because of my ailments, I was unable to leave the house, but my dad and one of my brothers went to one of the churches. When they arrived, someone there recognized my father, who had been his teacher in school. He introduced my father to a practitioner, who talked with them further about Christian Science and gave them a copy of The Herald of Christian Science, which had testimonies from people who had been healed of stomach ulcers.
I read the Herald, which gave me encouragement that I too could be healed, and I did not hesitate to pursue Christian Science treatment. I contacted the practitioner, who shared with me citations from the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy. At first, I felt reading all these passages was boring. But as the days went by, things changed.
I really loved this passage from the Bible: “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling” (Psalms 91:9, 10). This helped me see that no sickness, no bad thoughts, no aggressive suggestions that I was vulnerable, could invade my true consciousness to frighten and discourage me. God, the one true Mind, was there to protect and sustain me at every moment.
Little by little my unhealthy appearance changed to that of a strong and healthy person. By the end of a few weeks I was feeling extremely well, and the ailments did not return.
It was then that I, along with my parents and two of my brothers, began attending the Christian Science church. At first I was not very enthusiastic, despite my healing, but over time I came to love what I was learning in Sunday School: that we can turn completely to God for solutions to all problems, that God loves us all, that He does not choose some to bless and others not to bless as I had believed before. God is always sustaining us, there to guide our steps, and we can trust in God with all our heart.
As for my studies, I was reassured by the idea that God’s children are governed by God, who knows no failure, and therefore man cannot fail either. Holding to this spiritual truth, ultimately I did get my diploma, which allowed me to go on to high school.
Since these events I’ve also had the privilege of taking Christian Science Primary class instruction, which has empowered my study and practice of Christian Science.
I am sincerely grateful to our Father-Mother, God; to Christ Jesus; and to Mary Baker Eddy, who discerned the Science behind Jesus’ ministry and left it for the world.
Adapted from an article published on the website of The Herald of Christian Science, French Edition, Aug. 31, 2020.
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