A shining light in the midst of this story was the loving care of the Wilshire church for Louise and her family. It was an example of the way the body of Christ is supposed to be. Her own courage to rise above the hurt and wait on God for justice and provision is a testimony of her trust in God, though some might accuse her of being too passive. I would maintain she could not have chosen a more powerful way to speak against injustice and prejudice than to tell her story in her own voice (with the help of a journalist who seemed to understand and respect her) without polishing her words to sound like a civil rights activist. Reading her story, I shared her pain and her anger-- I experienced her journey as a war refugee, and a struggling and misunderstood immigrant, and matriarch of a close-knit family building a life as new American citizens. Perhaps if more of us knew people like Louise Troh personally, or even through a book like this, we'd see more progress in dealing with the injustices that continue to exist in our society.
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