â€˜Do not repay anyone evil for evilâ€¦ If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyoneâ€¦ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.â€™ (Romans 12:17-21)
Recent events have shown that evil is at work in our world. We saw it in Finsbury Park just last week and in the London Bridge attack earlier this month. We saw it in Manchester two short weeks before that. We see it in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. And we see it in DR Congo.
DR Congo has been experiencing unrest for months, now. Millions of people have been affected by politically-motivated violence, hundreds have died and, as ever, itâ€™s the children who are suffering most. Life on the streets of Kinshasa is dangerous at the best of times but, with violence and threats of violence increasingly widespread, the cityâ€™s street-living children are more vulnerable than ever.
Evil is lurking in Kinshasa and when weâ€™re faced with this kind of evil, our reflex can be to either run away or retaliate against those responsible. But our friends at EPED refuse to give way to fear and anger. Despite the curfews and uncertainty, they persevere in reaching out to children on the streets, offering them medical treatment, counselling and hope in the name of Jesus. EPED is overcoming evil with good.
What a powerful example to us. How might we show this kind of courage and steadfast, godly love? Letâ€™s not be cowed by threats of evil. Letâ€™s reach out to people who are suffering and need to know the love of God. Letâ€™s overcome evil with good.