Since returning to the U.S. from DR Congo, I’ve spent the last five months “itinerating”. This is a term used to describe when a mission co-worker returns home and embarks on a tour to inform and educate the church about partnerships in the country where they served.Read more
This week, October 13-19, is Breaking the Silence: Congo Week 2019. This week is an annual opportunity to raise awareness about the devastating legacy of conflict in the Congo and mobilize support on behalf of the people of the Congo. We are committed as members of the Body of Christ to break the silence, stop the pillaging, promote justice, defend women and children, protect the environment and support Congo. In this 2019 Congo Week we are especially aware of the ebola outbreak in Eastern Congo and how that intersects with the conflict. We are grateful for the ongoing work our partner, The Church of Christ in Congo, and the work they are doing to respond to the outbreak of ebola in Beni through trusted church structures.Read more
This newsletter shares stories about current students and students who have graduated from the medical program of Congo Protestant University. These students have received scholarships from the school and are making a difference. The newsletter also shares an update on a vehicle purchased for medical school interns visiting rural areas.Read more
Lectionary Selection: John 2:1-11
Prayers for Democratic Republic of Congo:
We thank you for answering so many prayers on December 30, 2018, Election Day in DR Congo. A day spared from widespread violence and upheaval. We thank you for protecting all of the volunteer election observers serving under the Churches of Christ in Congo (known by its French acronym, ECC), one of three Global Ministries’ partners in DR Congo. We are grateful that most ECC election observers were mostly young adult leaders in the church, a sign that you are raising up a generation ready to embrace peaceful change and transformation in DR Congo.
We pray for resolution of the ebola crisis in DR Congo’s eastern provinces, now the second most deadly outbreak of the disease on record. May the violence that continues to hamper the response cease so that health workers can reach villages cut off by armed militias.
We praise you for pastors in the Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo (CDCC) who labored for decades teaching and preaching the Gospel and also worked to bring improved healthcare, clean water, food security, and other development priorities to their faith communities.
Finally, we thank you for the example of Dr. Mugweli, a Congolese obstetrician and recent winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, for his transformative work with women traumatized by sexual violence. May his call for unity and democracy be heard in DR Congo and the world as well.
In Jesus name, AmenRead more
From the All Africa Conference of Churches
January 8, 2019Read more
This UPC newsletter shares the stories of three third-year medical students at the university. Esther, who is from Haut Lomani, and is focusing on psychiatry and pediatrics. Michael, who is from the Sankuru region, and wants to become a psychiatrist. As well as Windy, who is from the province of Equateur, and is focused on pediatrics.Read more
Global Ministries is excited to share the opportunity to purchase artisan crafts from around the world while supporting the life-giving work of global partners.Read more
¿Y qué con el Sábado?
“Y les dijo: ¿Es lícito en los días de reposo hacer bien, o hacer mal; salvar la vida, o quitarla? Pero ellos callaban.” Marcos 3: 4
Nuestra fe nos enseña sobre el amor y el servicio alegre. Así como Jesús respondió con amor y bondad a través de la sanidad, así responderemos con bondad y fe a las necesidades a medida que se presenten. El compromiso de Cristo con nosotros es eterno y sin reglas, límites ni líneas de tiempo. Si bien el descanso y la reflexión sobre el sábado son importantes para nuestro viaje espiritual, también lo es vivir nuestra fe mientras servimos a los demás en nuestra vida diaria.Read more
Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo (CDCC) Celebrate 5th Graduating Class from Maman Sandra Gourdet Women’s Vocational Center
The Maman Sandra Gourdet Women’s Vocational Center (the Women’s Center) opened in 2015 with the goal of providing a place where women can receive training in productive skills. Global Ministries supported the construction of the Women’s center to advance its core values. The Women’s Center recently celebrated its fifth graduation, and has now graduated more than 100 women from throughout the Equator Province.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Mark 10:17-31
Prayers for the Democratic Republic of the Congo:
Thank you for your enduring presence in DR Congo, where people know they pray to a living God who cares for his people. Thank you for dedicated men and women from around the world who came to the Equator Province to fight the deadly ebola virus. The examples solidarity and generosity not only demonstrate compassion and empathy, but also an interdependence that is humanity’s strength, not its vulnerability. We praise you for this glimpse of your kingdom, and will trust you till the day when it is fully realized.
Bless the Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo (CDCC) and all who work for peace and social change in DR Congo. Grant them wisdom and power; strengthen their resolve to be salt of the earth and light of the world. We stand on the word that says “righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne”, so we put the outcome of this year’s presidential election in your hands with renewed hopes for peace and reconciliation.
O Lord, bring about a peace that is not just the absence of conflict, but a peace accompanied by justice for the poor, for the people of DR Congo are some the poorest in the world. May this fact, convict the world toward selfless acts of solidarity and generosity as well.
In the Mighty Name of Jesus we pray, Amen.Read more