Motorcycles and Bicycles for Pastors and Nurses
Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa)
Over 100 years ago, U.S. missionaries founded the Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo (CDCC) in what today is the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), formerly known as Zaire. The church has been affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States since 1899 and now relates closely to Global Ministries.
According to the United Nations, the people of the DRC continue to suffer intensely from years of war that has left trails of death and destruction throughout the country. The United Nations Human Development Index ranked the DRC as 177 out of 179 countries with data worldwide in 2008.
Although the economic situation in the DRC continues to improve with the institution of a transitional government in 2003, this progress is slow. Many of the primary and secondary schools just reopened in recent years. Broken families are trying to survive each day, looking for suitable clothing and funds to pay for healthcare. Despite these challenges, the church continues to be the center of the daily life of the people.
The CDCC is trying to survive financially while doing very important work in a country where the socioeconomic infrastructure has completely broken down. It is trying to meet the needs of the people and develop programs based on the country’s situation. In order to develop these programs the CDCC Department Heads need to meet. Currently there is not an efficient means of transportation for the Department Heads to use. Motorcycles are the most efficient means of land transportation in the CDCC areas. They are able to traverse over rough terrain and on roads that may be in disrepair.
Funds are needed to purchase six new motorcycles and to transport them to the Department Heads.
In the interior of the CDCC region, many church parishes have a radius of over twelve heavily-wooded miles, and the roads in these areas are mostly non-existent. Pastors are finding it nearly impossible to reach all of the members of their congregations. As a result, many congregants must go without personal counseling and spiritual guidance from their church leaders, and often miss out on vital community information relayed through their pastors from the Secretary General. Nurses and other health care workers face similar difficulties, and have no way of transporting vaccines and other medicines from health centers to the wider community, or of making visits to the homes of sick patients.
Bicycles are the most convenient mode of transportation in the rural forests of these communities, and funds are needed to purchase 300 bicycles for use by CDCC pastors and nurses.
The CDCC has as its goal the purchase of six motorcycles and 300 bicycles. The following are examples of how your gifts could be used:
- $10 can transport a bicycle to the pastor or nurse who will use it
- $25 can help pay for repairs as needed
- $100 can purchase a bicycle
- $2,800 can purchase a new Yamaha motorcycle
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