We Can’t Wait

Hope for Congo is celebrating its 15th year, “Providing Hope to the Next Generation.”  Our mission is to provide the next generation with tools and resources that will strengthen the body, mind, and soul.

A look back encourages us to keep moving forward.  Looking forward informs us of the direction we should consider.  Looking forward tells us we cannot afford to wait!  It is estimated that by the year 2075 Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo, will be the largest city in the world with an estimated population of 58 million.  Starvation on every level is the reality in Congo today.  While food is a daily challenge, so is the lack of spiritual nourishment for the soul. Both need to be addressed.

One of the answers to the nourishment of the soul can be addressed through digital technology.  Print on Demand (POD), includes printing books, pamphlets and other literature in single copies as needed. It has the potential to revolutionize the spiritual life of individuals as well as the larger church body.  Access to affordable Bibles and Christian literature does not exist today in Congo.

Since the invention of the printing press, by Johannes Gutenberg in 1439, printing has come to be known as one of the most important inventions of our time.  500 years later Print on Demand is a current technology that is revolutionizing the printing industry.

Hope for Congo is in the process of raising $60,000 to establish a POD Media Center.  We have raised $46,000 and we need another $14,000 before we can officially release this project.

A crowdfunding page has been set up for interested people to participate as God directs.  Innovation, technology and crowd funding has the ring of the 21st century, however that bell has been ringing for centuries.  Ecclesiastes says, “there is nothing new under the sun”.  It has all been done before.  Exodus 35-40 records the story and events surrounding the building of the tabernacle. God was all about innovation, technology, crowdsourcing and funding for His project.  God has not changed!

You can participate in several ways.

  1. Pray for God to direct our steps in the establishment of the POD Media Center.
  • Send this link to interested family and friends and encourage them to participate.
  • Donate by writing a check and mailing it to:
  • AIMM-Hope for Congo P.O. Box 744 Goshen, IN 46527-0744

What Does Hope Look Like

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12

This is the first in a series of blogs to consider what hope looks like. Hope for Congo has been ministering in the Democratic Republic of Congo for 15 years. In 2007 the population was estimated between 50 & 60 million people. Today in 2022 the population is approaching 90 million people. This is a sobering statistic knowing how difficult life is in Congo. In 2018 it was estimated that 73 percent of the population live in poverty and earn less than $1.90 per day.

Fifteen years later it is proper to ask ourselves the question, “What have we been doing to make a significant impact in Congo”? What does hope look like? We will be sharing over the next several months the answer to this question, what does hope look like. How has Hope for Congo contributed to the hope that is so desperately needed in Congo?

The hope of the Gospel is the pressing need for every generation. Spiritual starvation is a fact of life for the majority of Believers in Congo. Affordable access to Bibles and Christian literature continues to be a challenge.

Over the years we have purchased Bibles in the major heart languages through the American Bible Society. Hope for Congo has been able to purchase, distribute and sell over 12,000 Bibles. Twice we have participated with another organization to distribute Bibles to pastors who had no Bible. These Bibles were given to the pastors free of charge. We distributed 600 Bibles out of a total of 6,000 that were given to pastors in need of a Bible.

In 2022 we expect to purchase the Africa Study Bible, French edition. This new study Bible has been years in development. “The Africa Study Bible is a pacesetter in using the African experience for understanding the Bible”-Dr. Mvume Dandala. More than 350 African theologians, pastors and teachers have come together to produce this study Bible. Oasis International has spearheaded this project. Hope for Congo is excited to participate in the launch and further distribution of this Bible.

Access to Christian literature is almost non-existent in the DRC. To help meet this need and to make it more affordable to all, Hope for Congo is collaborating with several other ministries to establish a Print on Demand Media Center. This media center will be located in the capital city of Kinshasa. A total of $60,000 dollars is needed to launch this project. Presently, $14,000 dollars remain outstanding before we can move forward.

“And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Your prayers and donations have made these efforts possible. They are bringing hope to the next generation. Donations can be made to AIMM (Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission) P.O. Box 744, Goshen IN 46527-0744. You can send in your donations or go on line to https://www.aimmint.org/donate.html and donate. Designate your gift as “Hope for Congo”.

Safe Arrival

Received a short text from Stan today.  Hope for Congo team were successful in getting their supplies flown in to Ndjoko Punda.  Today was spent at church and in planning for the work that will begin on Monday.

Life at Ndjoko Punda is 7 hours ahead of central standard time here in the United States.

Water-Key Facts

1.8 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation.   This amounts to around 5,000 deaths a day.  (UNDP)

At any one time, half the population of the developing world is suffering from one or more of the main diseases associated with inadequate  provision of water and sanitation.  (UNDP)

While the average North American uses 400 liters a day of water, the average person in the developing world uses 10 liters of water every day.  (WSSCC)

Households in rural Africa spend an average of 26% of their time fetching water, and it is generally women and children who are burdened with the task. (DFID)