A Military Bodyguard Converts His Supervisor :Adventist News Online


Staying true to biblical principles while in military service can prove to be one of the greatest challenges a Christian has to face in times of war. The challenge is even greater when one is part of a guerrilla army. This the situation in which Abraão–also known as “24”–found himself, yet he remained faithful to his principles.

In 1993, at the young age of 17, Abraão was recruited into the army. He was situated in th city of Huambo, Angola, which was under UNITA’s occupation. After fulfilling the required training, this former resident of Calomanda Square was placed in the anti-tank unit of the now-extinct Forças Armadas de Libertação de Angola, FALA. (The Armed Forces of the Liberation of Angola) This was the armed wing of UNITA, one of the largest political parties in Angola.

Upon arrival, 24 was appointed as the bodyguard of the chief of staff. Being in the camp came with its own challenges, and being a Seventh-day Adventist in such an environment compounded the problem. 24 found himself being mocked because he did not eat pork and ridiculed because he refused to work on Saturday, which was his Sabbath. However, he did not let the mockery phase him. Determined to be “faithful till death,” Abraão lived his life the way he had before he was recruited. He stayed true to all the values that had been instilled in him from a young age. His behavior did not go unnoticed, and he soon earned the respect of his colleagues.

At that time, he was not aware that his life had become a “sermon in shoes” to his colleagues and his supervisor. Silently, the chief had been watching the manner in which Abraão conducted his life, and one incident in particular would have a lasting impression on him. 


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