Foundations of Transformation

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Those of you who’ve been following Charles Buller’s summer saga know his ministry trip for Congo Leadership Coaching Network was delayed for several weeks.

Praise God he was finally able to travel there in September with two other men from his church.

Charles recently made a video report of Congo Leadership Coaching Network’s trip and ministry to our dear brothers and sisters in Congo.

The video report is approximately 30 minutes. Make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and pull up a chair. You will be pleased to hear about this mission outreach. Click on the link below when you’re ready to watch:

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From the Bush to the Bush, Part 2

Today we continue Part 2 of Matthew Harder’s guest post. Click this link to read Part 1.

From the Bush to the Bush, Part 2
by Matthew Harder

The environment of the private Christian college I attended fueled my restlessness. I was surrounded by its monoculture, its materialistic, small sliver of humanity and way of thinking. While this did lead to the redefinition of my personal faith, it also made me realize again, despite my appearance, I did not relate to those around me.

During my sophomore year of college we were forced to choose a major to study. As I tried to decide there was a moment when I was struck with the sense that I wanted to return to Africa. I wanted to build roads, bridges and infrastructure there to help those less fortunate.

This verse ran through my mind:
“…From everyone who has been given much, much will be required…” Luke 12:48 (NASB)

The eye opening exposure of my youth impacted my desire to return to assist those in need, to try and make the world a better place. I wanted a combined profession—one that suited my personal altruistic drive and quest for adventure.

I had been given a great growing up experience, an exposure to adventure and a world beyond the American shores that didn’t allow me to settle down. Meanwhile I gained a marketable education in civil engineering. Fortunately, my strong points were in the sciences and math.

For several years I worked in the corporate world going through what I considered the pre-requisite process with my sights set on returning to Africa. The restlessness kept me going—an unquenchable thirst for new countries and adventure.

The years dragged on. Finally I caught a break and was hired by an engineering company. They were building critical infrastructure in the war torn country of South Sudan.

I stepped off the airplane in Africa’s suffocating hot humid air. Sweat poured down my back as I stood there. Unique bird calls, sounds of everyday life and vehicles, the friendliness of people all combined to create something familiar and alluring. I felt welcomed by it all.

Even the headaches were somewhat endearing since this was my chosen adventure. It was all part of the package and I just rolled with it.

To further satisfy my restlessness, I returned to Nyanga when I was twenty-five years old. It had been over fifteen years since I was last in that village, ten years since I left Congo (then called Zaire).

The journey from Kinshasa to Nyanga is a story in itself with all the typical Congolese headaches and problems.

End of Part 2

This is a good place to stop since it gives us something to look forward to next week. Join us then for Part 3. In the meantime, here are some news items and prayer requests.congo-protest-9-2016-3

News from Congo:

  • According to Reuters, there have been anti-Kabila riots in Kinshasa this week. Estimates vary, but between 30-40 people have been killed or injured. The Congolese government officials now state they will hunt down and punish those responsible for the riots. Link to the full article here:
  • Charles Buller and his team from the Congo Leadership Coaching Network arrived in Congo this week. He reported: “…given that streets were still largely vacant due to events of the last two days, we made it into town in 40 minutes (that’s fast!). Very thankful for traveling mercies so far. Thanks for keeping us and our Congolese sisters and brothers in your hearts over these next three weeks. By God’s grace we’ll keep walking forward under the Cloud and Fire (Ex. 13:21).”

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for Peace and Stability in Congo. May cooler heads prevail.
  • Pray for Safety and Blessing on the Ministry of the Congo Leadership Coaching Network’s congo-9-2016-1team


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August CLCN Newsletter

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We recently asked you to pray for Albert and Abertine Mulamba. (Click this link to refresh your memory, Look at prayer request #2.) They took an arduous journey to explore church-planting possibilities among the Batwa people. If you’ve been praying for them like I have, you’ll appreciate this update.

Charles Buller was able to speak briefly by phone with Albert. The Mulambas, along with a Mennonite church leader from Kakenge identified two villages where they were received and invited to plant a community of faith. Much work is ahead, but this is very encouraging.

Below are some excerpts from the Congo Leadership Coaching Network August, 2016 newsletter. After a three month delay Charles Buller was grateful to retrieve his passport recently. Charles and three others from his church plan a September trip to Congo.

Charles wrote:
As you may recall, my anticipated trip to Congo in June/July was put on hold given a sudden decision by the Congo government to implement a new and complicated visa application process requiring a government-recognized office in the DRC to issue an invitation with various payments, validations and verifications from numerous government offices. (If that sentence sounded long and convoluted, it reflects the reality of the situation.) All of this has been required to precede any visa application process with the Washington D.C. embassy.
Thanks to the ECC (the umbrella organization for all protestant churches in Congo), a process was implemented on our behalf that has now led to the necessary authorizations that permit us to finalize the applications on this end.

Prayer Requests
1. Please continue to pray about the tenuous political situation in Congo. Pray that cooler heads will prevail. Congo.Land.FLAGPray for God’s peace.
2. Pray for all the details surrounding Congo Leadership Coaching Network’s proposed September trip.
3. Praise for God granting the Mulambas success in the beginning steps of their church planting work. Continue to pray for them as they make the perilous return trip to Tshikapa (at least a four day journey). They’ll also stop for other ministry along the way.

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