Eternal Hope Amid Grief: Alice’s Story

Alice, a mother from Mabo Kunda, Zambia, experienced an agony no parent should ever endure. She tragically lost her treasured eleven-year-old daughter. As grief overwhelmed her, Alice was plagued with the empty space her daughter once filled with joy. She had so many questions for God.   

Alice describes her pain: “I felt a deep hole in my heart when my daughter died. I couldn’t come to terms with the fact that she was gone. I needed reasons why and where she had gone.”  

As she searched for answers, she found refuge in the discipleship classes she had taken through the Christian Farmers Association (CFA). The CFA became an anchor for her as she experienced waves of grief. The biblical truths she had learned reminded her of our eternal hope as believers in Jesus Christ.  

The Christian Farmers Association Gives Hope Amid Grief

The CFA helps impoverished farmers in rural northern Zambia to increase their incomes and build sustainable lives. The program enables subsistence farmers (personal consumption producers) to become emergent farmers (small-scale commercial producers).  

When Bright Hope launches the CFA program into a new community, they also train farmers to read, understand, and apply God’s Word to their lives. In these classes, Alice discovered the eternal hope she has through faith in Christ.   

Biblical training forms the foundation for all our programs across all countries we work, including the CFA. Bright Hope’s undergirding priority is to develop devoted disciples of Christ, reaching the poorest of the poor with the love of Jesus.   

Alice wrestled with grief and questions about suffering. As a result, she began to think deeply about the lessons she had experienced in the discipleship class. In addition, she found comfort and a place for hard conversations with other believers.  

Alice has overcome the doubts that naturally arose after such a traumatic loss and found peace in the promise of eternal life. Resting in God’s powerful grace, Alice believes that her daughter is now in a better place. Her faith has given her the strength to carry on and the hope that her love for her daughter cannot be quenched by death.  

Alice share: “I found hope in the idea that one day, I will be reunited with my daughter in heaven, and that our love will endure for all eternity.”  

Will You Share Hope?

In conclusion, the faithful friendship of our Allies has impacted struggling families in Mabo Kunda, Zambia. In the middle of Alice’s darkest days, she has hope. Truly, the generosity of people like you has equipped our partner churches to share the gospel, disciple believers, and meet their communities’ physical and spiritual needs in Zambia and beyond!  

“I thank my God every time I remember you… because of your partnership in the gospel” (Phil. 1:3-5).  

Malia Rodriguez
Malia Rodriguez

Malia loves serving as a Copywriter for Bright Hope, where she has the privilege to share how God is working among the vulnerable and caring for the extreme poor around the world. As a homeschool mom, Malia strives to develop in her kids compassionate, generous, and caring hearts. Malia and her husband, Matt, live in the Washington, DC area with their son and daughter.