Farming God’s Way As part of our Congo Collaboration meeting we heard from a speaker who represented Farming God’s Way.
The speaker grabbed my attention immediately when he asked us all, “What do you have in your hand?”
He went on to expound. We may wish for a tractor, but instead of wasting our time wishing, we can provide for our families with what we have.
“What do you have in your hand?” He repeated.
“The answer is a hoe. We will use what we have and grow food to feed our families.”
Farming God’s Way seminars provide a well-balanced three-fold system utilizing Biblical principles combined with technology and good management. Results from the seminars are encouraging in several African countries. So much could be addressed if the cycle of poverty could be broken.
For more information click on the link.https://www.farming-gods-way.org/home.htm In addition to the information on that website, you may also click on the FaceBook icon on the lower left of the page. You do not have to be a member of FaceBook to view their account. It is a good way to keep up with their activities.
Our first Farming God’s Way seminar in 2019 was well received and a second one is being planned for 2020.
Farm to Market Our first Farm to Market program was at Ndjoko Punda. Read our previous blog post about it: Farm to Market Project
Hope4Congo begins our second Farm to Market program in the Mukedi Community in the Bandundu Province of the DRC.
Prayer Requests • Pray for all the details to come together for our second Farming God’s Way seminar. • Pray for the Farm to Market launch at Mukedi. • Pray for peace, good health, and willing hearts to learn.
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.
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 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.