Home Safe

Charles Buller made it home (from Kinshasa to the USA) safely at 4:00 a.m. March 1st. He wrote: “Our plane having tiptoed through powerful thunderstorms swirling through Indiana at that time. Grateful to be on the ground and in the arms of mon cheri (he means his wife, of course).”

I think you will enjoy the story of their return journey as told through photos and descriptions provided by Charles.

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Caravanning our way back to civilization
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Arrival in the village of Mukoso (halfway from Kahemba to Gungu) where we spent the night. We felt dirty and fatigued. The church elders kindly provided heated water for sponge baths and somehow pulled together a fabulous meal for us at 10 o’clock at night.
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Enjoying a group meal . . . good to the last drop.
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Due to unusual fuel consumption in one of the vehicles, we ran out of fuel, requiring someone to ride out to us with a 30 liter drum of diesel fuel on the back of his motorbike.
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Aberteen and Andre looking cheerful in the steaming heat of our 8-hour bus ride from Kikwit to Kinshasa.

Praise to God for His Answers to Our Prayers:

  • Praise God for safe return of the CLCN team members
  • Praise God for the healthy ministry that occurred
  • Praise God for the leadership of each team member
  • Praise God for Andre Kalenga’s willing new leadership

h4c-andre-leadershipCharles wrote: “(Andre), the youngest member of our team, stepped up to the task of leading the soccer clinics and won the hearts of the next generation of leaders. Here they bid him farewell in Gungu, giving him as a gift a live rabbit.”
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Charles will fill us in with more details from their trip as he is able.

Since Andre had to step into new leadership so recently after graduating, he has been on my prayer list. I’ve been thrilled to thank and praise God for what He has done through this young man. No doubt there will be many other things for us to praise God. In the meantime, please continue to pray. ~sk

Prayer Requests:
• The political situation in Congo is still of concern
• A Catholic seminary experienced vandalism
• Wisdom and integrity for those involved in negotiations
• Lessons shared by the CLCN team will have lasting affects in Kahemba & Gungu
• Rest & restoration of the CLCN team members

© 2017 Hope4Congo

“Come and See!”

Guest Post by Charles Buller

h4c-bibleThese simple words were spoken twice at the outset of Jesus’ ministry (John 1). Once when two of John’s disciples inquired of Jesus where he was staying (v. 39), and again when Philip responded to Nathanael’s doubts whether “anything good could come out of Nazareth” (v. 46). In both cases, rather than giving heady explanations, they issued an invitation, “Come and see.” In other words: Come experience the answer(s) your heart seeks.

These three words sum up the spirit with which we hope to conduct the upcoming transformational leadership seminars in Gungu and Kahemba. Rather than multiply words and elaborate theologies, we seek to create a space where leaders interact with one another and with God through simple acts of faith, hope, and love.

Many attending these events will come from considerable distances. And almost always on foot. There is nothing convenient about the journey or even the stay, as there are no hotels or restaurants to accommodate large groups. In many cases, the blanket and the tin plate they pack in their travel bag will serve as their room and board.

I, too, am eager to ‘come and see.’ The past four seminars have taught us that God’s Spirit never does it the same way twice. As unique as we all are, the Holy Spirit tailors these seminars to the unique needs of each group and to our own growth as a team. We feel very much as if we’re in a grand, unfolding experiment where both great love and great suffering serve as the primary catalysts. ~Charles

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The Congo Leadership Coaching Network team is busy with the details for this February’s seminars. Charles arrived safely in Kinshasa earlier this week. The team went right to work preparing copies of the manuals for the seminars and the soccer clinic.12112198_10153540203524473_5436124667136037704_n

A thousand other details and connections must be made. Logistics are difficult as always in the Congo. Teammates and seminar participants will arrive at the seminar locations via various vehicles (plane, motorbike, local bus, 4×4, and on foot across rivers, sandy savannahs, and dense jungles).

Please be in prayer for the teams’ and participants’ safe travel and physical health. Also for the following list of what needs to occur between this week’s blog post and next week’s update. The first seminar will be held in Gungu area churches Feb 12-17(Remember all times are 6 hours ahead of EST):

• Eight team members will eventually meet in Kikwit and travel to Gungu
• Upon their arrival they hope to met with the team coming from Tshikapa
• Many trouble-spots on the road including crossing the Kwilu River.
• Coaching team members will be dispersed to preach among several different local churches
• A session with church/youth leaders to work through details for the soccer seminar/clinic
• Feb. 13th Pray for open hearts for the opening seminar
• Pray for the Soccer clinic at 4:30 p.m.
• Feb. 14th Pray for participants’ willingness to work with God on their transformation and their relationship with their spouse; Soccer clinic occurs again
• Feb. 15th Seminar work on the marriage relationship; Movie night for clinic
• Feb. 16th Partner exercises along with significant ministry time followed by Youth Soccer games, all are invited.
• Feb. 17th Evaluation and follow-up of the seminar/clinic; vehicle repair; possibly start for Kahemba
• Continue to pray for a peaceful political climate throughout Congo

© 2017 Hope4Congo

The Heart of a Child

h4c-heartofchildLet’s pray for the upcoming seminars the Congo Leadership Coaching Network will conduct in Kahemba and Gungu in February. May the participants have the heart of a child—the one Jesus referred to in Matthew 18.

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”H4C_2

He (Jesus) called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”  Matthew 18:1-5 (NIV)

We pray for child-like hearts.

© 2017 Hope4Congo

February Leadership Coaching

h4c-roadwashoutPrayer List for the DRC:

  • Continue to pray for peace in Congo
  • Please pray for the Christian church in the DRC’s northeastern region. They have been under attack from radical Islamic violence.
  • Charles Buller asks for prayer as they piece together their transportation for the upcoming Transformational Leadership Coaching Seminars in Gungu and Kahemba in February.Torrential rains in the region have swept roads away with no repairs in sight. This makes transportation of the team very tricky.Thank you for joining in this prayer for a way where there seems to be no way.

Psalm 107:4-7
Some wandered in desert wastelands,
finding no way to a city where they could settle.
[but . . . ]
He led them by a straight way
to a city where they could settle.

We hope you continue to keep DRC in your prayers.

© 2017 Hope4Congo