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Instead, they experienced a life-changing, soul-rattling journey....
Instead, they experienced a life-changing, soul-rattling journey.
As mother and daughter are confronted with incidents of child prostitution, preventable illness, poverty, oppression, abuse, and death so prevalent it leaves no time to mourn … their journey takes a decidedly different tack.
Love Mercy confronts us directly with the AIDS crisis in Africa—in particular Swaziland, which has the highest AIDS rate in the world and where the average life expectancy is thirty-two years of age. Offering two unique perspectives, Lisa and Ty share the questions they encountered on their journey and tell the stories of those they met along the way—from the children themselves, to adult AIDS victims, to the compassionate mercy-givers who seek every day to alleviate their suffering.
Smiles in a place of aching sadness. Mercy in a place of heart-wrenching poverty. Two people transformed by God in ways, and places, they never expected, discovering that even in a land riddled with heartache … Christ’s love and redemption are ablaze.
A Note to Our Readers 9
Prelude: Heading to Swaziland 13
Part 1 A New Home
1 Meet Mssrs. Wolff, Parkinson, and White 23
2 Jubilee 26
3 Jubilee, Oh Jubilee 32
4 Denise the Prophetess Shows Up Again 39
5 Freaky Friday 45
6 Goosebumps 48
7 Mountaintop Removal, Four Blonde Children, and a Surly Cook 51
8 Losing Faith, Losing Limbs 55
9 Moveable Feast and Dying Men 59
10 Failure by Disappointment 62
11 Jose Carlos, a Soda, and a Possible Theophany 67
12 Truly Pro-Life 70
13 House of Hospitality and Cluelessness 73
14 Bring Out Your Dead 77
Part 2 Journey to Africa
15 It's Never Easy, Is It? 91
16 Isaiah 58, Again? 93
17 Bread of Life 99
18 People of the Book 108
19 Rabbits and Catfish 114
20 Hope amid the Helpless 120
21 Schoolhouse Rock 126
22 A Woman and Her Little Dog 134
23 A Modern-Day Demoniac 141
24 Lollipops and Growing Up Too Soon 143
25 Asbestos and No Blacks Allowed 150
26 A Boy in the Dump 156
27 Wolves with Pitiful Faces 163
28 An Easier Journey? 166
Part 3 Back in Lexington
29 More Lessons to Learn 171
30 Matthew's Vision of Jesus 180
Postlude: Coming Home 183
Appendix: Social Justice in Scripture 187
Posted March 11, 2010
Lisa Samson is about to experience a life-changing event. She and her teenage daughter embark on a mission trip to serve those who struggle in a devastated region in Africa known as Swaziland. But the reality that Samson and Ty, Samson's daughter, discover in this desolated place is unimaginable and more graphic than anything they have encountered during their comfortable lives in America. Swaziland has a population that has been decimated by the AIDS epidemic in Africa, and starvation and oppression are commonplace. Samson details her journey in her latest work Love Mercy, which seeks to convey a sense of the enormity of problems felt in this region. It also gives the reader a clear sense of what compassion is possessed by those who choose to depart from a condition of contentedness in order to serve those who struggle to survive from one day to another. For these people, the trial is very real. Their story unfolds in Samson's latest work Love Mercy. Samson, who is no stranger to writing, deals especially with faith-based fiction. She has been well-received by the reading public, and several of her more than twenty five novels have earned her awards. Although Love Mercy seems different from her previous works insofar as it deals with her personal journey and account of an inspiring and rewarding experience, fans of Samson's novels will greatly enjoy this fresh addition to her repertoire. Also, avid readers of faith-based stories are invited to embark with Samson and her daughter on this journey of discovery, growth, and remarkable realization.
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