Farewell, Four Waters by Kate McCord
Day 14: It should have been the beginning . . .
All she needed were stamps and signatures. Marie and her translator stood in the government offices in Kabul, Afghanistan to complete the paperwork for her new literacy project. The women in her home town, the northern village of Shehktan, would learn to read.
But a spattering of gun shots exploded and an aid worker crumpled. Executed. On the streets of Kabul. Just blocks from the guesthouse. Sending shockwaves through the community.
The foreign personnel assessed their options and some, including Marie’s closest friend, Carolyn, chose to leave the country. Marie and others faced the cost and elected to press forward. But the execution of the lone aid worker was just the beginning.
When she returned home to her Afghan friends in Shehktan to begin classes, she felt eyes watching her, piercing through her scarf as she walked the streets lined in mud brick walls.
And in the end . . .
It took only 14 days for her project, her Afghan home, her community-all of it-to evaporate in an eruption of dust, grief, and loss. Betrayed by someone she trusted. Caught in a feud she knew nothing about, and having loved people on both sides, Marie struggled for the answer: How could God be present here, working here, in the soul of Afghanistan?
Farewell, Four Waters is a compelling story based on actual events. The author, Kate McCord (a protective pseudonym), lived and worked in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2010. Drawing from her own experiences, as well as those of others, she paints a vivid picture of life as a humanitarian aid worker.
This fictional tale brings the character of Marie, an American aid worker, to life and shares a world most of us cannot imagine. Marie’s story is full of emotion as she recounts her work and life in a war-torn country and the events that necessitated her leaving her Afghan home and the people and places she loved. Farewell, Four Waters is a stirring, thought-provoking story!
My thanks to Moody Publishers for the complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received.
About the Author:
Kate McCord, a protective pseudonym, lived and worked in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2010. During her years in country, she worked as a humanitarian aid worker, delivering projects to benefit the people of Afghanistan. She also learned the local language and developed deep and lasting friendships with local Afghans.
After evacuating from her home in Afghanistan, Kate transitioned into a mentoring, training, consulting and coaching role to other workers serving in the region. Prior to moving to Afghanistan, she worked in the international corporate community as a business process and strategy consultant. Today, Kate serves Christ through writing, speaking, mentoring and conducting workshops and seminars.
You can learn more at www.storytellerkm.com.
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