PURE RELIGION Life-Changing Gift The Sunday after receiving a her own story: wheelchair from the Church Jean A mother of five children can Kibuya, a disabled Church member in now be outside with her family for Kinshasa, DR Congo, shared his play and work. testimony. A tailor, who contracted polio in He said he had received 1975, can now transport many blessings since joining himself and his sewing the Church but the day before machine to work each day. he received a blessing he had His income has increased. never even hoped for—a A student will not have to wheelchair. miss school because others Brother Kibuya needed a could not transport him there. wheelchair for a long time but A man who lives with his knew he would never be able to grandmother opened a stand afford one. Now, with mobility, he in front of his house to sell goods. He would be able to find work, he said. now has an income. He gave thanks for the many A woman who has spent her life blessings that accompany his walking on her hands now has the membership in the Church and mobility to seek work. especially for the day that a Although unique, each story is wheelchair changed his life. woven with a similar thread: the life- He was one of 25 people, with changing wheelchair had made all the varying needs, to receive a Church- difference, the recipients said. distributed wheelchair at a ceremony “Having a chair is a great blessing held at a community center in in my life,” said Brother Kibuya. “I Kinshasa. An additional 25 chairs never thought I would ever have a were delivered to recipients who had chair as they cost too much. I am able no means of transportation to the to go to Church every week.” center. Each of the recipients had his or Written by Sarah Jane Weaver, June 2008; printed as “Life-Changing Gift” in Church News, June 28, 2008. Christ Raising the Daughter of Jairus by Greg K. Olsen, © 1990. Do not copy. © 2008 by Church News. All rights reserved.