The Eastern PA Conference’s South District is answering the urgent call to help people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who are suffering from hunger and malnutrition made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Responding to an appeal by the Congo Partnership, the Rev. Evelyn Kent-Clark, new South District Superintendent, wrote to pastors and churches in her district urging them to contribute to save lives by supporting various struggling nutrition programs.
Both the South and North districts have contributed to the Congo Partnership, an alliance of United Methodist support among the Eastern PA, Peninsula-Delaware and Western North Carolina conferences, along with the Central Congo Conference.
The South District helped develop the Mpasa Medical & Nutrition Center and built and furnished a pediatric medical building with two surgery theatres. It also provided solar power for the entire complex, helped fund an eye clinic to serve the needs of remote villages, and helped fund and launch the New Life Skills program to help people learn trades and become self-sustaining.
“God has worked powerfully through the many churches and individuals of the South District,” wrote Kent-Clark in her district letter. Now she urges them to rise to a new giving challenge to help people there who face growing malnutrition and starvation because of the pandemic and resulting economic losses. Especially hard-hit are people in remote and urban areas who are unable to grow their own food.
The new superintendent outlined three projects “that will be impacted by our generosity”:
“Give hope and life to the people of Congo as you contribute to honor or in memory of someone,” reads the appeal. “All gifts make a difference.”
Contributions can be made out to one’s local church or sent directly to the Eastern PA Conference Treasurer’s Office designating “Congo Nutrition Projects/South District.” A hundred percent of each donation goes directly to help the people.
For more information contact Annette Onema-Orbach at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-943 2021. Or contact Rev. Jonathan or Donna Baker at email@example.com or Donnaapn@comcast.net or call 302-260-2272. Visit the Congo Partnership website at www.Congo-misson.org. The Bakers, retired former missionaries to Central Congo, provide much of the information for the fundraising effort.