my story part 1

giseleC
Posted July 21, 2021 from United Kingdom

I am originally from Congo and I come from a family of 9 children. I have seen a lot of war, overcame a lot of stress, and near death. I will only talk about 1 incident in this part 1. I remember I was only 14 at the time when my mum together with my siblings had to run away to another city, 6 hours away from the city where we were living because of war. We lived in that new city for about 1 month, then we got told that we could then go back because a new power had taken over my home town and it was safe to go back. In the city where we took refuge in, there were about 15 families and when we started leaving the city, another big group of refugees joined us. They were mostly women and children. We all took the road together, and when we arrived at 1 hour away from the city that we were leaving, we got stopped by rebels carrying very big guns. I have never been that scared in my life. We were being carried into lorries with our little bags of clothes, but these men with guns (They were so many and everywhere) asked us to get down so they could look through our bags to see if we had any money. They couldn't find any money, so they became angry saying that all men should go but all the girls would stay. Then one of them looked at my sister and said she did not look like a Congolese and that she should die. My mum, who was pregnant started crying, she went on her knees asking these men not to harm her children. Then a lot of them came, and all the attention was on us: my mum and my siblings. 

So, they aligned us, next to each other, behind us it was the lake and other dead bodies. This was a strange moment. The other were praying for us but none of them dared defend us. We were crying but all of a sudden we stopped crying. We held each other's hands, my mum kept saying we should stay behind her but this was making the rebels even angrier. I remember thinking: This is it, this is the end of us. At that exact moment, I wasn't scared anymore. It was like, my body was there, but my soul wasn't because I couldn't even hear any noise, and I couldn't even see anyone, although I was blind. I just felt at peace and my brothers and sisters, as well as my mum, I think felt the same...But I wasn't sure. Then, all of a sudden, A man, who happened to be our neighbor, came and asked to speak to the rebels and lied that my mum was his wife and we were his children. Nobody knew where he came from. It was like God heard our prayers and sent this guy to help us. It was like, my soul came back to my body, and we heard people shouting to this man saying that he is going to get himself killed by defending us. But this man was not scared, He asked to speak to the rebels' boss. They went somewhere with him and then they came back and told us that we can go and that it was our lucky day. We left there and this guy, the neighbor, later told us that he paid them 2000 dollars so they could let us go. So we owed that man our lives. That was also the time when I believed that God does exist and prayers do work.

So this is my little story of how I nearly died. This is just part of my story.

This story was submitted in response to The Real Me.

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Corine Milano
Jul 21
Jul 21

Gisele, your story gave me chills — what a traumatic and powerful experience you had as such a young child. And what strength your mother and siblings, and you! showed in the face of such horror! That truly sounds like a spiritual experience to find calm and peace during a near death experience. I can only imagine. Do you know what happened to the man who helped you and your family? I am eager to read the next parts of your story — you are a brave and eloquent storyteller! We are so glad you have joined World Pulse! Thank you for speaking out and raising your voice and I hope you can find healing through sharing your experiences and resilience with this community of changemakers. I know your story and your openness will touch others and have a great impact.

giseleC
Jul 22
Jul 22

Thank you, Corine. This is just a little piece of my story and I am glad you have read it. The kind man who helped us died last year of a heart attack. Sorry, I didn't proofread the text before submitting it. I have just read it now and it is full of misspells.

Corine Milano
Jul 22
Jul 22

I am sorry to hear he passed, but it sounds like you may have had him in your life for a long time. A true angel. (BTW, we are never worried about spelling or grammar on World Pulse, please don't worry about proofing)

Olutosin
Jul 21
Jul 21

Wowwwwwww I was soooooooo afraid until I got to the end and discovered that an Angel saved you. What a relief.
May that man remain blessed forever. Amen..
When will the world know peace?

When?
I am very happy for your lives.

giseleC
Jul 22
Jul 22

Thank you Olutosin. I can't wait for that day when the world will know peace.

Nini Mappo
Jul 21
Jul 21

Dear Gisele,
I am glad to read your story and celebrate that you are here and can tell it to us in spite of the trauma of the expereince. I am glad because I can see your calm, confident face and know the force of strength that lies beneath to anchor your soul.
I can feel your fear and your mum's helplessness through this troubling ordeal, and was so relieved to read the part about the man who came to your rescue.
Blessed be the God who delivered your family. May He continue to shelter you and build you up to be a strength and a safe place to others as well.
So lovely to meet you here. Stay strong and sparkly,
Nini

giseleC
Jul 22
Jul 22

Thank you, Nini.

Mandali Thoughts
Jul 22
Jul 22

Gisele, your story has proved that God will send the help when you truly belive in him and required. You really went through a lot and came out stronger..I am glad to be connected with people like you in this forum..Take care

giseleC
Jul 22
Jul 22

Thank you Manjumandali. I am glad to connect with all of you on this forum too.

chimdirimebere
Jul 22
Jul 22

My dear Giselec,
OMG! What a story!! The suspense was unbelievable. It's like a film shown in our 'African Magic'. You are a great story teller. I know the experience must have shaped you into the courageous and brave woman you are today. Thank God for that man that paid for your freedom and life. It's only a fool that says that there is no God. I can't wait for the second part of the story.
Well done!

Harriet Okoro

giseleC
Jul 22
Jul 22

Thank you so much, Harriet

MUKABA ZAWADI
Jul 23
Jul 23

Béni soit le Dieu qui a délivré ta famille. Puisse-t-il continuer à vous abriter et à faire de vous une force et un endroit sûr pour les autres également. vraiment la prière a une grande force dans notre vie. Est Dieu avait encore besoin de vous son temps n'étais pas encore arrivé. Merci pour cette histoire triste ma chère. Que Dieu vous protège.

giseleC
Jul 23
Jul 23

Merci beaucoup pour le commentaire chère Zawadi

megsmueller
Jul 23
Jul 23

Dear sister. What a horrific ordeal, and at such a tender age. I cannot read your story without a prayer in my heart and tear in my eye. That moment must have felt like a lifetime, but it changes when a good samaritan comes along - that is nothing short of a miracle. Thank you for sharing your life with us dear sister!

giseleC
Jul 24
Jul 24

Thank you so much for liking my story

Tamarack Verrall
Jul 23
Jul 23

Dear Gisele,
You have been through and survived, and have experienced that moment at gunpoint. These are the men who it is a gift to meet, putting themselves in danger to save others. Courageous with pure hearts. What an experience to have your life saved amid such terror. What a celebration of love. What a celebration to have you here with us.

giseleC
Jul 24
Jul 24

Thank you. I am so glad i m here too.

ARREY- ECHI
Jul 24
Jul 24

Hello Gisele,
I hope you are doing well. I also welcome you to the pulse.
Reading your story gave me a lot of chills. I am so very sorry for the traumatic experience you and your family went through. I admire your courage during that most challenging and near death experience and I join you in thanking the man who was selfless and generous enough to risk his neck for your family.
This only goes to shows just how traumatic and destructive war can be. Glad to have you hear with us and even more so that you are alive to tell your story. May your willingness to share bring you healing from such a traumatic experience. I hope your family is doing well today.
Please keep writing and sending you hugs and love as we await part two of your story.

giseleC
Jul 24
Jul 24

Thank you so much for liking my story. My family and I are doing well. Yes part 2 is coming soon

jomarieb.earth
Jul 24
Jul 24

Dear Gisele,
What an astounding story. It is amazing. I am so happy that you lived to write and share it. It is an amazing spiritual share. And that it's so important to believe. Either way, you were at peace whatever the outcome. And the outcome was in your favor. Thank God! I truly believe that you are destined for greatness. And you may not have a say in it sister.
Hugs...JoMarie

giseleC
Jul 27
Jul 27

Thank you Dear Jomarieb for your comment and thank you so much for your help too

Anum Shakeel
Jul 26
Jul 26

Dear Gisele, Welcome to the WP Community. Hope you are doing well. Thank you for opening up with us. It was powerful story.

giseleC
Jul 27
Jul 27

thank you so much Anum

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Jul 27
Jul 27

Greetings Giselec,
The power of prayer to GOD, yes my dear sister, I do believe!
As I was reading this story I was even praying not knowing what word to word I was going to read of yours here but I too kept praying for a miracle and waalaa!
This is a remarkable story and I encourage you to write more and publish it because it inspires hope, trust and believe in GOD in yourself. I am in awe struck with the outcome but I do believe in miracles and this is One of them! I am sending hugs, love and hope to you and your family and yes prayers too!
Mama Queen

giseleC
Jul 27
Jul 27

Thank you so much Mama Queen

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Jul 27
Jul 27

your very welcome,
all my best love , peace and hope,
Mama Queen