We recently received the latest Africa Leadership Coaching Network newsletter. In it, Charles Buller invited ministry members (including collaboration partners like Hope4Congo) to share insights into how God is using the current pandemic’s disruption.
Andre and Mbombo Kalenga (our co-workers at Njoka Punda, who are currently quarantined in Kinshasa) shared the following:
“I never imagined that one day in virtually the whole world, schools, churches, national borders, planes, economic markets, and even all the big soccer championships would be shut down by this terrible social massacre [of Covid-19]. We meet God among those around us every day, and we share [Christ] perhaps more than ever before.
“A lot of people are becoming interested in God even if this time is presenting tremendous challenges for them. We are all limited before this situation, and so we must all fix our eyes on Christ for the answers we seek.”
Did you catch that?
In the midst of this pandemic:
They are sharing Christ, perhaps more than ever before.
A quarantine can NOT stop God’s activities, nor our prayers. Ministry continues as we each look for ways to share Christ in our daily lives. It is possible to have a conversation from six feet away, through a phone call or via the internet.
Once the quarantines are lifted, projects that were paused will again be pursued and fresh work considered if we have the resources to move forward.
Please pray and consider how you may support our ongoing efforts here at Hope4Congo and through other ministries of the collaboration team.
It is clear that neither height nor depth nor Covid-19 can stop the love of Christ from going forth.
To quote Charles’ latest letter:
“All the best to you . . . as you . . . hold forth hope to those around you.”
© 2020 Hope4Congo
We received news of an urgent need from the MPH Guesthouse. Please read their letter below. Then pass on the news to anyone you think would be interested. Also, please pray and consider how you may help them in their need.
Kinshasa, April 10, 2020
Dear Friends of Congo,
Greetings from Kinshasa and MPH where things are very quiet as parts of Kinshasa have gone into lock-down for 14 days and likely more. We trust this finds all of you well in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are writing all of you with a very unusual appeal on behalf of the MPH Guest House & Conference Center! The ability of MPH to survive this crisis and pay their workers and fixed costs is being heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and by the lack of visitors and income. All of the passenger flights into and out of Kinshasa have been suspended indefinitely! MPH has no income, but does have ongoing fixed expenses that must be paid if it is to continue to exist and be able to open again when this crisis is over!
We are writing this letter to ask each of you to consider supporting MPH with a limited time financial contribution each month for the next 6 months. Without some supplemental support MPH will have to lay off staff in May and potentially close down permanently before long. MPH needs about $8,000 per month to stay operational. They need for those who have benefited from their services in the past and who plan to use them in the future to make it possible for them to stay open. Personal contributions as well as gifts from churches or other ministries will make the difference. You might know people outside our Congo circles that you could encourage to participate in helping with this urgent need as well.
At this point, MPH’s reserves and the small savings from 2019 are not enough to pull it through this pandemic, so we are asking you to help MPH. If you would like to make a one-time gift or a monthly donation to help MPH pay staff and bills through this time and enable MPH to open its’ doors when the pandemic is over, you can send a check to Appointment Congo with “MPH” in the memo. The address is PO Box 98764, Raleigh, NC 27624.
You can also use PayPal by going to our web page at: www.appointmentcongo.org. Appointment Congo is a 501 C, 3 Tax Exempt organization and has offered to channel donations to MPH without any administrative costs. You will receive tax receipts for all donations. Or, you can contact Cindy at MPHCongo@yahoo.fr for the information regarding how to send your gift directly to MPH.
Clay and Cindy are doing a fantastic job managing MPH through this period. We are grateful for their courageous service, but they cannot do this all alone. They need our prayers and financial support! We appreciate your love for the Congo and for your engagement with the church and partners here. Nearly all of us have benefited from MPH’s ministry and will need for it to be here in the years ahead. We pray for God’s protection and provision for all of us through this challenging time.
Paul and Marty Law
Missionaries with Appointment Congo
Please consider how you may help in this urgent need.
© 2020 Hope4Congo
It does not sound like the COVID-19 virus has impacted the rural interior parts of Congo. At least not in areas where our efforts are concentrated.
However, a few of our Ndjoko Punda people are among those quarantined in Kinshasa. Kinshasa is on lock down for 30 days. Some reports suggest it may be lifted earlier, but that remains to be seen.
• Joseph Mbuyi leads our farm to market program. He also was overseeing the construction of the school. (You may recall that Joseph and Daniel returned to Ndjoko Punda after their training in December 2018. https://hope4congo.com/2018/03/09/daniel-and-joseph-return-home/)
• André Kalenga recently graduated from the Protestant University in Kinshasa from their school of theology. (This is the same university Daniel graduated from.)
• André’s wife, Mbombo, trained as a seamstress and is certified to teach. The planned sewing classes will utilize the 10 machines we sent in 2019.
Prior to the pandemic, Joseph traveled to Kinshasa for some medical needs and then helped André purchase supplies for the construction project.
André and his family lived in Kinshasa while we supported him through school. He was making arrangements to move his family (the couple have 6 children) back to Ndjoko Punda when the quarantine was announced. So all of them are held up in Kinshasa.
Once the quarantine is lifted, everyone looks forward to their safe return to Ndjoko Punda where they will all work as a team along with Daniel.
We are so thrilled to see our investments in people
and projects begin to bear healthy fruit.
We look forward to beginning the same efforts at Mukedi with the leadership of Leonard Kiswangi who lives in that area.
Praise and thank the Lord with us. Pray this will be healthy fruit that will remain. And please continue to pray for the people of the DRC.
© 2020 Hope4Congo
Prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine and related restrictions, we were able to accomplish some work on the school building project.
Building materials were shipped and received. Thank goodness we avoided the price increases currently experienced in the country.
It began with the arrival of bricks.
With a little help, the building began to take shape.
The roof framework is up.
The roof is almost done. More work to do.
However . . .
All our Hope4Congo projects are currently on hold.
Current Stats on Coronavirus
As of this day’s blogpost (April 1, 2020), Democratic Republic of the Congo reported 109 confirmed cases and 9 deaths. To check updates for yourself through the World Health Organization’s website, go to this link and click on the country/area of the world to see their latest statistics:
On a far less crucial topic, we plan to update our website. We hope to make it easier to navigate. Hopefully you’ll see positive changes in the next few weeks.
• Praise that shipping materials arrived for the school building prior to the quarantine.
• Praise also that the drilling equipment (LINK) arrived safely at Ndjoko Punda.
• Please continue to pray for the people of Congo.
• Thank you for your prayers for us as we seek to update our website.
© 2020 Hope4Congo