Maud Kells on these pages tells her remarkable story of being shot in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and surviving.
Miss Kells, from Cookstown, explains who the bullet missed a large blood vessel by a fraction of a centimetre.
If it had hit the nerve, she would have died on the spot from bleeding.
A missionary midwife, she thanks God for saving her life.
Miss Kells, who has travelled to the Congo almost every year since 1968, and even has a school named in her honour.
She is in a long and rich tradition of Christians from both sides of the world working selflessly for both humanitarian and missionary reasons.
It is the prevalence of faith on this island that explains the disproportionate numbers of Irish accents that are heard in troublespots all around the world.
Dr Jack Kyle, who could have made a fortune as a doctor in Britain, spent his working career .
Many non believers from Northern Ireland have also volunteered to help some of the poorest people in the
In a shining example of the spirit of Christian love and forgiveness, Maud Kells says of the man that shot here: “I have no real bitterness, I just feel sorry for the guy (who shot me).”
She has no hesitation about returning to the DRC town Mulita, where she is so well known, and where she got so much affection and care.
This is something that so many people have found when travelling to impoverished countries in Africa. Often the people who have the least are filled with generosity in the company of visitors from countries that are incomparable richer, and which