When God calls you to do the impossible, or at least the improbable, what do you do? Richard D. Lee found himself in this situation following the tsunami of 2004. Only days after the tsunami hit, Lee and three church friends decide to follow the Lord's leading to go to Banda Aceh, the tsunami's ground zero, to help with the relief efforts; but they have no money, no organization to go with, and no known job to do. Lee describes how God supplies each of these and more as they obey His leading.
Lee's opening deftly draws the reader into the book as he tells the stories of David Lines, an Australian surfer, and of Zuifitri, the owner of Joel's Bungalows, when the tsunami hits. He then introduces a major character, Hak Seng Soh, also called Samuel Soh, who is the first Christian to enter the area to provide aid. He will guide Lee and his comrades through their experience at Banda Aceh.
A story like this could so easily become a brag-fest to a small group's faithfulness, but Lee does a great job of showing the Lord Himself as the main character, as the Lord opens each door and provides at every turn. Though Lee has succeeded admirably in keeping God front and center, the account would be strengthened if we could have gotten to know the people better: the team itself, personal encounters with the chief who invites them in for treats of fried bananas, David, Zuifitri, Samuel, and the children.
His referring to the victims that he worked among as his new brothers and sisters troubled me a little, but I believe he meant this as a human emotional bond rather than equating Muslims as Christian brothers. In the sense of being our brother's keeper and of recognizing the needs of our neighbor as Jesus describes in the parable of the Prodigal Son, the victims are brothers and sisters.
In the afterword, Lee considers the question of whether God caused the tsunami. Whether you fully agree or not, his thoughts and the Scripture he uses are well worth considering.
A Light in the Darkness inspires and encourages trust in the Lord's leading. It is hard to put down. Lee and his company not only lit the darkness of Banda Aceh by hooking up a generator and stringing lights for the hurting, terrified victims, but also lit the area with the light from the Son of God. -- Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com
A Light in the Darkness is the challenging true story of four middle-aged American Christian men who traveled to Banda Aceh, Sumatra in Indonesia, to give help to the hardest-hit survivors of last year’s devastating tsunami. Sponsored by their Maryland church and an Indonesian Christian humanitarian organization and guided by God, this team of men set up electric lights to illuminate a Displaced Persons Camp of 1,500 tsunami survivors living in 250 tents.