Your donations have made it possible for Hope4Congo to send 20 soccer balls and 500 French tracts to the DRC recently. These items will be used to share the gospel.
You may remember our priority to invest in the training and equipping of leadership partners in Congo. One such partner is Kalenga. He proved himself to be a good leader among the youth last year.
This year he will again be involved with the youth. Using his good judgment, he will distribute these soccer balls and French tracts at upcoming youth events. It is wonderful to see our efforts to develop leadership coming to fruition.
The leadership coaching team (led by Charles Buller) is in DRC again this month. They began this month in the Bandundu region conducting transformational coaching seminars. This week they worked in Mukedi and will finish the week in Kikwit.
In conjunction with these seminars, they have conducted youth rallies and soccer practices through which they introduced principles of joining God’s team and winning in life.
The leadership team’s activities culminate in soccer games on Saturday along with the final Kikwit seminar.
Charles Buller stated: “We believe God’s Spirit, our presence, and your prayers will result in great fruitfulness for God’s kingdom.”
Prayer Requests: • Continue to pray for the seminars and youth rally/soccer events. • Pray for effective ministry and open hearts to hear and apply the teaching. • Pray for safe travel as seminar team members return to their respective homes. • Pray that donation monies spent on soccer balls and French tracts will bear good fruit—fruit that remains. • Pray for wisdom, encouragement, and safety for Kalenga. • Continue to pray for peace in the DRC so that God’s Word may spread throughout the country. • The town of Beni has faced repeated incidents of violent persecution against Christians from Muslim rebels, including an attack on a hospital. Pray for peace to return to this town and for those who have suffered physical and/or emotional trauma.
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.
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
Charles 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
Charles Buller will occasionally share photos of some of the precious sisters and brothers from the recent Mukedi & Kikwit seminars (March 2016). He will share names when he has them available.
“These images attempt to upgrade and personalize what is too easily and simplistically categorized as ‘lost’ with faces and names of some beautiful people with whom we now interact – and learn from – on an ongoing basis. This photo: M & Mme Mulebo (Provincial – regional – Leader for greater Mukedi area).”
Charles recently received word that M. Mulebo has begun to take very practical steps toward the creation of a coaching culture among those to whom he gives leadership. Very encouraging!
H4C Prayer Updates: Prayer Request #1: Please pray for Daniel (we had his testimony here on our website, see this link). He was in the hospital recently with a bad case of typhoid and malaria. Please pray for his continued recovery. He is scheduled to graduate in July. Please pray that he is able to complete his studies and preparation for ministry.
Praise the Lord: We asked you to pray for Joseph’s recovery. Praise the Lord he has recovered from the same illnesses that Daniel is recovering from. We are still awaiting his testimony and will publish it when we receive it.
Prayer Request #2: Unfortunately it is common place for these young men to become ill with typhoid due to the poor sanitation conditions. Providing clean water in Congo is one of Hope4Congo’s ongoing projects. Please pray that these Congolese people understand the importance of boiling their water. Here is the link to previous problems and solutions in H4C’s attempt last year to provide a source of healthy drinking water.