Some people might think that living under a legacy is a difficulty. But in my experience it has been a blessing. Before I even arrived in Congo the legacy of Paul Carlson was providing comfort and direction for me and my extended family. I never meet Paul, but that does not diminish his powerful presence.
Paul was a Covenant missionary to Congo in the 1960’s and was martyred as a result of staying to treat his patients. The story of Paul’s work can be read about here .
I do know his widow, Lois, and through her his legacy has been a shelter. She could answer my questions, pray with understanding and share the joys and trials of living in Congo. Paul’s legacy to me was a people who welcomed me to Congo. They were eager for another missionary to come and to invest in their lives, just as Paul had done. I hope not to have the same legacy of martyrdom, but I do pray that I will leave a legacy for those that follow me that will be an encouragement and a positive influence.
(I am sorry that this was not posted on November 5 but a lack of electricity prevented this.)