ROY — Lynn Paquin got the text message from her husband.
MoCharles, a small African village of about 100 people, had burned down, the message said. All 45 homes had been destroyed, along with a fresh rice harvest. Only two buildings, a church and a school, had survived the blaze.
Tears slid down Paquin’s face.
Paquin’s husband, Paul, is on a mission for Light of the World Ministries near the village, in Sierra Leone, Africa. Lynn Paquin had been on a service trip there before, she said. She had cared for villagers just like the ones who now had nothing, had seen the smiles that beamed from their faces when simple kindnesses were given to them. It hurt to think of the MoCharles villagers surveying the charred remains of their homes.