Gripped by the Message

In anticipation of our website update we are posting a series of stories on the beginnings of this ministry. Last week Brad Graber wrote about how his parents, Harold and Gladys Graber, were called as missionaries in 1950 to what was then the Belgian Congo. Today we continue the story of Hope4Congo.

Then Jesus came to them and said,
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
~Matthew 28:18-20

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Grab the Hand of God
by Brad (Baditu) Graber

Our father, Harold formed a friendship with Chief Baditu, chief of a tribe of fishermen near the Ndjoko Punda mission station.

Over time Harold shared the Good News of the Gospel with Chief Baditu. The chief listened to the message of salvation through Jesus Christ and the message gripped his heart and mind.

One morning, Chief Baditu, with his entourage, walked from his village to the Ndjoko Punda mission station and knocked on the door of our home.

Our father answered the knock and there stood his friend, Chief Baditu.

“I have come this morning to grab the hand of God,” Chief Baditu said.

In that moment, the chief became part of the family of God. He became a “fisher of men” along with my father.

Baditu invited my father to a burning ceremony. He heaped all the idols and paraphernalia associated with idol worship and witchcraft into a pile. Then set all of it on fire. This signified an end to Baditu’s walk in the darkness and the beginning of his new walk in the light.

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Thank you for telling this story, Brad. Your namesake, “Baditu,” chose well for himself. What a gift you have to be named after this man of God, this courageous new believer.

I am grateful all of your hearts were gripped by God’s message and that in return, each of you grabbed God’s hand.

To Our Readers:
Our prayer for each of you is the same Good News — salvation is available to all who believe on the name of Jesus Christ. We hope that your hearts have been gripped by God’s message and that in return, you have grabbed God’s hand just like Chief Baditu.

We ask our readers to continue your faithful prayers for this ministry and the Congolese people.
Check back with us next week for the next installment of Hope4Congo’s story.

Blessings!
~SuZan


© 2020 Hope4Congo.com

Jesus said, “Go . . . .”

As we stated in last week’s blog post, we are updating our website. As part of that update, we are posting a series of articles about the beginning of Hope4Congo’s ministry.

First God calls us to be His people. Then He assigns our tasks.

Before Jesus returned to His Father in heaven, He commanded His disciples:

Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
~Mark 16:15

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Accepting the Call
by Brad Graber

Gladys, Carolyn, Stan, Brad (Baditu) in Harold’s arms

God called our parents, Harold and Gladys Graber as missionaries to the Belgian Congo (now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo) after Harold’s graduation from Bible College.

Our parents went to Congo for the first time in 1950 along with their two small children, my older brother, Stan and my older sister, Carolyn. Our mother was known as Mama Mbuyi. Our father was named Muambi Maoyila.

Muambi Maoyila became a friend of Chief (Nfumu) Baditu. Chief Baditu was the chief of a fishing village, so of course, he and his people were fishermen.

Stan, Baba holding Brad/Baditu, Carolyn



Chief Baditu and our father became good enough friends that when I was born I was named “Baditu” after the chief. From that moment I was forever connected to Congo and Ndjoko Punda.

God in his infinite wisdom was working out a portion of his plan for my life.

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Thank you, Brad. Or should I say, Baditu? We thank God for your parents and their obedience to Jesus’ command. We look forward to each installment of the story in the coming weeks.

We ask you, our dear readers to please:
• Continue to pray for the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
• Continue to pray for wisdom for Hope4Congo’s ministry.
• Consider how you may support the Congolese people through this ministry.
• Remember, we are all volunteers at Hope4Congo. No one receives a salary.

Your gifts will be used specifically to encourage the next generation of the DRC.

© 2020 Hope4Congo