War-torn Uganda. Terrible fear. Intense and constant terror by day and by night. These are the companions of a young girl, Christine Glory, who learned to survive against all odds. However, more than that, she learned to hold on to a hope for the future that there would be something better for her.
In her inspirational book, “Outrunning Fear,” Glory tells the incredible tale of how she overcame poverty, disease, and war while growing up on two very different continents. The overarching idea of this book is that change is possible and that there is always hope for the future.
Just a Child
The sun and moon controlled the life of Christine’s family when she was a young girl. They would work during the day and cease when it got dark. In addition, they had no access to running water, just like every other house in the village. Since she was five years old, she spent much of her day going to the well to gather water. Up to three times a day, Christine would have to make the trip to the well. However, it took her thirty minutes to walk there. She was able to carry more water as she grew, carrying massive water jugs on her head from the well to her house.
She also helped her mother with other activities, including cooking and gathering firewood. They frequently trekked for three to four hours to find the fuel they required to stay warm and cook their food. Additionally, they were near woodlands that were 180 miles wide and were home to hazardous creatures, venomous snakes, and other predators.
The principal crops that were harvested in the fields were beans, rice, and nuts. Christine had to learn the grueling manual labor of farming as a child to ensure that everyone could feed. Christine’s family helped the neighbors when they had trouble growing enough food. When one neighbor needed assistance, the others always came to their aid. Then there was the war.
Waiting for Better Things
Living through terrorism and war was a life-altering experience for Christine and her family. They never felt safe. Furthermore, they had no way out and no one to help them. It was Christine’s aunt who finally reached out to her family from a distant land and helped Christina to get out of the trauma of the war. However, that led to more difficulties and challenges, which were, in their way, even harder than the war for her.
It took Christine a long time to understand how many dangerous situations she had avoided. It seemed as though her life had somehow been preserved. She had always thought that she was intended for higher things.
Everyone experiences trauma and works to overcome their concerns, whether the trauma is caused by war, illness, loss, abuse, or something else. “Outrunning Fear,” by Christine Glory, has the power to uplift individuals and mend broken hearts. This narrative is delivered with grit, passion and candor.
Christine is now a well-known mentor, author, and IT expert. She is the creator of a mentoring initiative that supports women in achieving success in all spheres of their lives. This work reflects her dedication to assisting people, regardless of their background, to reach their potential.