Youth Forum, August 2016

L to R Driver, Dr. David & Stan (Kalenga behind camera)
L to R Driver, Dr. David & Stan (Kalenga behind camera)

Stan arrived safely. All flights were on time and he even got his bags! Praise the Lord! Dr. David and Kalenga met him at the door of the airport. God put him in good hands. What a joyous reunion they had after three years.

They rented a car with a driver. It all made Stan feel pretty spoiled.

As always the ride through Kinshasa was harrowing. Picture streets crowded with people, cars, trucks, and motorcycles all jostling for position only six inches apart. Homemade two-wheeled pushcarts packed sidewalks, curbs, and streets. Small sales tables, chairs, and umbrellas haphazardly arranged added to the chaos.

Horns honked and loud music pounded constantly. At night it will only get worse.

Youth Forum Speakers
Youth Forum Speakers

The Youth Forum was held at the Kimia Mennonite Church led by their wonderful pastor, Damien Kakhende. He is a talented and committed leader with high integrity.

Pastor Damien bears a dent and scar on top of his head, the result of being beaten and robbed last year. Many of you prayed for him and his wife. He sent his thanks for those prayers.

The forum began with a long sermon. Dr. David and others gave speeches. Stan spoke 5-10 minutes in Tshiluba. Dr. David translated into Lingala and French. Most people speak two or more languages. Dr. David obviously speaks more; he even speaks Portuguese.

Dr. Balutaa Beatrice spoke about AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases. Afterwards a skit was performed about the affects of AIDS on young lives and families.

Pastor Matio (Mathew), President of the Mennonite churches in Kinshasa, spoke and testimonies were shared as well.

Stan said what a great pleasure it was to be there, see their enthusiasm and love for God. It was a witness and challenge to him.

Bottled pop and bread were provided for everyone. Simple treats we take for granted here.

Passing out Snacks
Passing out Snacks

At one point the power went out, but that was no problem. Joseph (one of the students Hope4Congo supported while he trained in mechanics) started a generator outside. He also played keyboard and worked on the sound system when it had trouble. What a guy!

How pleased we are to see evidence that our ministry efforts are bearing good fruit. Your support through your prayers and finances are helping to make it all possible.

We praise and thank God for what He has done and is doing.
Please continue to pray that these Congolese young people will make wise choices for their lives.

Join us for more about Stan’s trip next week.

© 2016 Hope4Congo

Congo Trip & Collaboration Meetings

Last week we told you that Stan received his visa. He left for Congo yesterday and will arrive tonight. This will be a short trip packed with activity.
Objectives for this trip

• Deliver bicycle parts for the Bamboo Bike Project near Niyanga
• Meet with a core group to prioritize activities
• Attend the Youth Forum on Friday, August 12
• Attend Church Service Sunday
• Evaluate projects, focus on Ndjoko Punda’s community
• Consider next potential candidate to sponsor
• Evaluate Sewing Project and discuss other potential projects for women
(A generous donor has given money specifically to aid women in Ndjoko Punda)

Prayer Requests
• Pray for safety as Stan, Dr. David and the core group travel around Congo.
• Pray for wisdom regarding the next student candidate to sponsor
• Pray for wisdom as they evaluate various projects
• Pray God reveals which projects are most viable at this time
• Pray for Stan’s safe return next week

This Saturday, Brad will lead a Congo Collaboration meeting in Goshen, Indiana. These various ministries oversee independent work, but they work together to multiply their efforts.
Collaboration Ministries
• Bible Program
• Scholarship Support for Students
• Water Project
• Bamboo Bike Project
• Medical Ministry
• Sports Ministry
• Day Spring Organization (works in the Kamyala area)
Meeting Objectives
1) Report and update each other on individual ministries
2) Support and encourage one another
3) Work together to facilitate projects

Items for Prayer
Praises for God’s leading:
• God has grown the ministry to include more workers
• God has expanded our network of contacts with Congolese leaders
• God has added people interested and involved with the ministry
Prayer Requests:
• Please pray that God would continue to open up additional opportunities
where our collaborators can come alongside to facilitate
and expand different ministries in Congo.
• Pray God will lead us to more good leadership contacts in Congo

Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated.
© 2016 Hope4Congo