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.

Caravanning our way back to civilization
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.
Enjoying a group meal . . . good to the last drop.
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.
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.”

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

Showers of Blessings

h4c-damsylvie-relax-kahembaIt’s been a busy interesting week in Kahemba for the Congo Leadership Coaching Network team (CLCN). Thank goodness they had a rare moment of refreshment on Saturday morning before they began this busy week.

On February 18, Charles wrote:

“Our team had an open time to simply worship without having to cut it short for another meeting or engagement. I have no idea how much time passed as we poured out our hearts to God and experienced an unprecedented infilling ourselves.

“Lots of tears, deep worship, silence, persons simply being overwhelmed with the sweet intimacy and love of the Father. Just what ‘the Doctor ordered’ after experiencing deep fatigue from the past week of teaching in Gungu.”

More information about both the Kahemba and the Gungu seminars will be forthcoming upon their return. The team has made plans to cut their trip short.

On February 22, Charles explained why:

“Another productive seminar day here in Kahemba. Around 11:00 a.m. we got hit with a vicious downpour that brought everything to a halt (so loud on the tin roof that we couldn’t even hear ourselves speak) and soundly put out the charcoal fires that were cooking the fufu, catapillars, and pondu for lunch. Needless to say, lunch got pushed back by a solid 2.5 hours.

“But once again we felt the Wind beneath our wings as we engaged the content. It has been beautiful to watch times of worship deepen as the seminar unfolds and we are all seized by the fresh revelation of our participation in the community of God (aka the Trinity!).

“The youth soccer games were held today instead of their scheduled time on Thursday due to our decision to leave tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. in an attempt to make the village of Mukoso by dark. Between Kahemba and Mukoso are some very nasty roads and bridges, so we deeply appreciate your prayers.

“So much good is happening here on a daily basis–both in the seminar and around that I simply don’t have time to write about. But please know that this great labor of Love in which we are all joined is not in vain. Thanks again for your prayers and encouragement!

“As I write these words, another thunderstorm rumbles in the background and will soon be upon us. With that in mind, may God’s blessings rain down upon you wherever these words may find you.”

We pray the same for you Charles, as well as all the team members and participants.h4c-jacque-worship-leader

Prayer Requests:
• Praise God for the times of refreshment and strength He has given the team
• Praise God for the mighty work of the Spirit among the participants
• Pray for travel safety for all the team members as they navigate through the poor road conditions.
Be in prayer as soon as you read this.
The team leaves tomorrow, Feb 23rd at 1:00 p.m. considering the time difference of 6 hours it will be approximately 7:00 a.m. EST. Remember that they are all traveling by different conveyances. Those of you who have spent any time in Congo know how bad the roads can be normally. These torrential downpours will only make the situation worse.

Charles sent his thanks for holding the team before the throne of grace and mercy.

We praise God for your prayers, too.

© 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