“When kidnapped …”



While paging through The Washington Post yesterday morning (Sunday, 6/9/13) I got to the Business section, and stopped at the Taking Stock section on page G2. Post writer Lillian Cunningham wrote a short blurb about kidnap victim Kah Walla, who ran for president of Cameroon in 2011 (and lost). Kah says:

When I was kidnapped, I, of course, panicked. I experienced the greatest fear I’ve ever experienced in my life. It took me about 15 minutes to realize, though, that I was being afraid of something I had no control over. I had no idea where these men were taking me, I had no idea what was going to happen, and there was absolutely nothing I could do about it.  

I let go of that uncertainty and of that fear, and I decided to focus on my interactions with them. Most interestingly with one of these individuals, we discussed my political program. And I honestly believe that I think he voted for me.

Even in the most extreme situation, you can have power. You can have leadership.  As soon as I was able to let go of fear, to let go of what I could not control, and to focus on what I could control – which was my interaction with these men – I gained power.

Ya gotta admit, Kah is one amazing woman! God bless her. What an inspiration.

Fear often keeps us where we don’t want to be. Most of us, thankfully, are not going to ever experience kidnapping, thank You, Jesus. But, we all have our own fears to manage throughout every day. Can I pay the bills this month? Can I afford dinner? Will my son heal from depression? Will I survive this operation? I’m afraid to talk to my husband about how I really feel about his relationship with our neighbor. I’m afraid my drinking may be getting out of control.

We’ve all got something. I hope Kah will serve as an inspiration to each one of us. I know she is an inspiration for me as I face down my own fears and work on controlling the things I can control and not allowing things I cannot control to entrap me or keep me where I should not be.

Praying for you all. Thank you for praying for me.

Peace friends,


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  • kathy says:

    Had this very conversatoin with myself at 3am today…your piece was affirmation. thanks! Peace!

  • Barbara C. says:

    During my years of working as a peacebuilder in Eastern Europe,I attended a training course in Italy where we were taught survival skills in hostage situations. From the beginning of that segment of training, we were told to do whatever we could to emphasize our common humanity with our captors. Kah certaibly seems to have grasped and practiced this skill well.

  • Fred says:

    A fellowship I participate in likes to utilize several slogans one of which is “Let go and let God”. Sounds like she discovered this principal too, it certainly makes life a little easier each day. Thanks Chuck.

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