We are more than conquerors. The powers of hell can never separate us from God’s love. The story of David and Svea Flood, missionaries to the Belgian Congo, illustrates this truth of God’s faithfulness and unfailing love even during the darkest hours.
God begins a work, bringing life and light to people and nations. His light grows ever brighter over time despite human events and Satan’s efforts to thwart God’s work.
At times as you read this 4-part story of the Flood family, it may seem as if the light is gone, but be encouraged. The story’s not over yet.
David and Svea Flood’s story is adapted from their daughter Aggie’s personal account.
In 1921, a missionary couple named David and Svea Flood went with their two-year-old son David, from Sweden to the heart of Africa—to what was then called the Belgian Congo. They met up with another young Scandinavian couple, the Ericksons, and the four of them sought God for direction. In those days of much tenderness and devotion and sacrifice, they felt led by the Lord to go out from the main mission station and take the gospel to a remote area.
This was a huge step of faith. At the isolated village of N’dolera they were rebuffed by the chief, who would not let them enter his village for fear of alienating the local gods. The two couples opted to go half a mile up the slope and build their own mud huts.
They prayed for a spiritual breakthrough, but there was none. Their only contact with the villagers was a young boy, who was allowed to sell them chickens and eggs twice a week. Svea Flood—a tiny woman, only four feet, eight inches tall, decided that if this was the only African she could talk to, she would try to lead the boy to Jesus. And in fact, after many weeks of loving and witnessing to him, he trusted Christ as his Savior.
But there were no other encouragements.
Malaria struck one member of the little band after another. In time, the Ericksons decided they’d had enough suffering and left to return to the central mission station. David and Svea Flood remained near N’dolera to go on alone.
Then, in the middle of that primitive wilderness, Svea became pregnant. When the time came for her to give birth (1923), the village chief softened enough to allow a midwife to help her. A little girl was born, whom they named Aina (A-ee-nah).
The delivery exhausted Svea. She was already weak from bouts of malaria. The birth process was a heavy blow to her weakened stamina. After seventeen desperate days of prayer and struggle, she died.
Inside David Flood, something snapped. His heart full of bitterness, he dug a crude grave, buried his twenty-seven-year-old wife and took his children back down the mountain to the mission station.
Giving his newborn daughter to the Ericksons, he said, “I’m going back to Sweden. I’ve lost my wife, and I can’t take care of this baby. God has ruined my life.” With two-year-old David, he headed for the coast, rejecting not only his calling, but God himself.
End of Part 1, but the story isn’t over.
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Praise Report & Prayer Requests
• Charles Buller thanks all of you who held he and his team in your hearts during the most recent Congo Leadership Support seminars in Congo (September 25 – October 7). He said, “I believe the Spirit met all of us—presenters and participants alike—in profound ways that certainly exceeded my expectations. 250+ brothers and sisters joined us for these transformative events—many who walked well over 100 kilometers to do so. Please pray a blessing over these dear souls.”
• Continue to pray for the political situation in Congo.
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