The Village Drill arrived at Ndjoko Punda via riverboat in March 2020. Africa time as well as delays caused by Covid 19 have slowed the progress on this endeavor.
Hope for Congo has collaborated with Go Conscious Earth in this project. Their team recently arrived at Ndjoko Punda to conduct a feasibility study and to train our team there.
Thus far the two teams have assembled the drill. The gentleman wearing the orange hat, yellow boots and blue-green shirt is our team leader, Joseph Mbuyi. (See featured photo above.)
Go Conscious Earth has successfully drilled 15+ wells in Congo’s northwestern area. Once their feasibility study has determined the possibility of drilling in Ndjoko Punda, materials will be purchased, and arrangements made for shipment to the village. Then their team will return to drill and install a solar pump.
Praises & Prayer *Praise God for the progress toward a well in Ndjoko Punda. *Please continue to pray that a well will be successfully drilled in God’s time.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support in this effort to bring hope to the people of Congo.
Even though it has been a challenging year, progress has been made on several projects. In these photos you can see the progress on the primary school construction. The school is 95% complete with full completion scheduled for the first quarter of this year of 2021.
300 Desks are needed. Cost is $25.00 per desk. $7,500 Total cost.
Please consider donating toward the completion of this project. 100% of your donations go toward our projects. Make checks payable to AIMM,and designate your gift to Hope4Congo for this school project at.
Send your tax-deductible U.S. Dollar Donations to: Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission (AIMM) P.O. Box 744 Goshen, IN 46527-0744
We thank you for your participation in this school. We’re excited about what God will do in 2021.
As always, your prayers for these projects and the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo are appreciated.
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.
Matthew 9:35-38 Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. “What a huge harvest!” He said to his disciples. “How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!” (The Message)
Before the harvest can occur, the farmer must first turn over the ground, prepare the soil, plant the seed, and water it.
Wherever the Gospel was taken, this same type of process occurred before the spiritual harvest happened. Missions brought medical aide, education, agriculture, and industry. Missionaries sought to improve relationships and the overall quality of life in the communities they served.
Ministry to the whole body, mind, and soul . . . Resulted in schools, hospitals, print shops, bookstores, etc.
History reveals this pattern of ministry to be true for many mission efforts around the world. It is seen throughout all of Africa wherever the Gospel was taken.
Ministry to the whole body, mind, and soul is still relevant today. The youth of the Democratic Republic of Congo are the leaders of tomorrow.
For the children at Ndjoko Punda, school is the opportunity of a lifetime.
Problems Prevent Children from an Education: -Children are needed at home to help the family -Lack of money to travel for school -Lack of educational resources -Lack of nearby classrooms
For several years Hope for Congo has been waiting for the right opportunity and time to build a set of primary classroom buildings at Ndjoko Punda. The time and opportunity has arrived now. “Seed” money has been provided for us to build the first building, which will provide three classrooms.
Only a few buildings remain of the original school complex which once existed. They are in ruins as the attached photographs reveal. They were destroyed by age, neglect due to lack of resources, and damage from periodic storms. This building project will replace the old school buildings.
The complete building plan calls for a total of four buildings in the complex. Two buildings with three classrooms each, one administrative office, and separate lavatories for both boys and girls.
The total project is estimated to cost $56,000. More money is needed to construct all the buildings and to furnish the classrooms and administrative offices. Your prayers and tax-deductible donations can help make this possible.
Mail your U.S. Dollar Donations to: Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission (AIMM) P.O. Box 744 Goshen, IN 46527-0744
Mail your Canadian Dollar Donations to: Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission (AIMM) 440 Main Street Steinbach, MB R5G 1Z5
Kalenga Andre was born at Ndjoko Punda in 1980. He went to both primary and secondary schools there. The following is his translated testimony edited for clarity:
In 1993 when I was thirteen years old I was baptized. My father died that same year (a rough time for me). From my baptism onward, my desire has been to serve God. I sang in the choir for two years beginning in 1994. After that I was elected Chorale Leader and served in that role for two additional years.
Mbombo Anne and I were married in 2002. My wife and I have six children, 3 boys and 3 girls.
I was devoted to my church at Ndjoko Punda and became a deacon in 2004. When Dr. David arrived to mentor the youth in Ndjoko Punda, I worked with him and was elected to be the President of the youth in our church. I also served as a steward at the hospital. So I had the opportunity to work closely with Dr. David in both capacities.
Stan and Brad Graber along with Fred Suter came to work on the Congo Water Project. It was my privilege to work as their Director here in Congo.
My heart’s attention is drawn to advance the good work of evangelization and develop our Congolese youth. I have been preparing toward implementing this desire through my studies. The reason I came to study in Kinshasa is because of my desire to know the mind of Christ and to share this knowledge with others.
History has proven through the work of the Congo Inland Mission in Ndjoko Punda (originally the area/district called Charlesville) and the American Mennonite Church that when the Good News is preached it will bear fruit. We are summoned to continue this legacy.
If Christians are awakened intellectually to study their Bibles they will see God’s Word provides the best way to live. I hope to raise awareness among the Christians in Ndjoko Punda in particular and in the larger district community in general.
Thank you Kalenga. It warms our hearts to read of your service from a young age and of your continued desire for growth. May God richly bless your studies and fulfill His desires for your ministry. May He also bless and protect your family.
*** Regarding future testimonies: We have been awaiting the arrival of Joseph’s testimony, another young man we’ve helped to support. However, we recently received word that he has been sick. Please join us in praying for Joseph’s recovery.