It was a little after the morning rush hour. Roads were still busy, with buses and trucks roaring past to make it out of town before the sun's heat fully hit. Suddenly, in the middle of the busiest streets, tires screeched, cars honked and passersby screamed as a woman walked blindly into the traffic. By God’s providence, a traffic policeman was nearby and ran to the woman’s rescue. As he pulled her to the roadside, she came to her senses and wept bitter tears in his arms.
It was Christmastime — a season that should have been filled with joy, abundance and peace. But for the third day in a row, Samiya, a young mother of three from Ethiopia, had watched as her children suffered pain in their stomachs from not eating. She couldn’t bear it any longer, and she was determined to get her children food — even if it meant she’d give her own life to do it.
So Samiya had decided to walk into the busy morning traffic, killing herself so that her children could collect the insurance money and afford to buy food for a while.
But by God's grace, she was rescued by the policeman and shortly after found herself at the gate of the church and Compassion center her daughter had been part of since she was four years old.