“The parched ground will become a pool” Isaiah 35:7
Hope for Congo is “Providing Hope to the Next Generation” by contributing tools and resources to our brothers and sisters in Congo. We like to refer to this as arranging for fishing poles and access to the pond. Proverbs says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.”
Hope for Congo cannot accomplish this alone. We are dependent on your prayerful support. Through your faithful giving we can be your hands and feet in Congo.
2022 has been an exciting year for us. COVID 19 put the world and Hope for Congo on hold delaying a variety of projects that were in the pipe-line.
We celebrated the joy of successfully drilling two water wells in two separate communities.
We launched two additional agricultural projects in another two communities bringing us to a total of four such projects.
We have been able to lay the ground work for some significant projects coming up in 2023.
We have participated in two, week long, training sessions in Asset Based Community Development. A third training session will take place in April 2023. “ABCD builds on the assets that are already found in the community and mobilizes individuals, associations, and institutions to come together to build on their assets– not concentrate on their needs. The appeal of ABCD lies in its premise that communities can drive the development process themselves by identifying and mobilizing existing, but often unrecognized assets, and thereby responding to and creating local economic opportunity.”
We have purchased 320 copies of the French edition of the Africa Study Bible published by Oasis International. The Bibles are being shipped ocean freight from India to Congo with anticipated arrival January 20, 2023. Hope for Congo will participate with Oasis International in the official launch of the study Bible in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We anticipate a launch in three major cities that will include the capital city (Kinshasa), a port city (Matadi) and a southern border city (Lumbumbashi).
In collaboration with Synergies Francophone, Africa New Day, and African Enterprise we have purchased a print on demand system from Publish4All. This POD will be located in Kinshasa for the purpose of printing Christian literature and making it affordable to everyone. The equipment has arrived in Kinshasa and another shipment of consumable goods is being shipped from the United States in preparation for our launch in 2023.
We depend totally on God to provide for our needs. As God provides, we move forward. Our desire is to keep in step with His Spirit. We will continue our focus in the following areas:
- Youth Evangelism
- Water Development
- Bible and Christian Literature Distribution
- Agricultural Development
- Infrastructure (Schools, Hospitals, Churches)
Our current project dollar needs are:
- Hospital $12,000 Needed to finish the construction
- Print on Demand $14,000 Needed for setup, training and launch of the POD
- Agricultural Development $5,000 Needed for on going training of existing groups
- Water Drilling $15,000 This amount will cover the cost to drill a well, utilize solar power generation, and a 5,000 liter holding tank for water distribution
- Youth Evangelism $5,000 Invested in youth camps focused around soccer, evangelism and discipleship
Your donations can be directed to our general fund or to one of the specific areas listed above. Without your prayers we are weak and ineffective. It is through your prayers that we see things happen. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
Designate your gift for your interested project and send your donations to:
Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission (AIMM)
P.O. Box 744
Goshen, IN 46527-0744
You can also make an online donation: https://www.aimmint.org/
May God bless you and keep you as you move into the new year. Thanks for all your support over the last 15 years. Jehovah Jireh, God Provides.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
Your hands and feet in Congo,
Stan and Brad Graber
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