Lives are being saved and changed every day in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) thanks to the ministry of the Peter D. Weaver Congo Partnership, which includes the Eastern PA Conference. But more support is needed to expand vital mission efforts there. That is the praise report of a mission team that traveled there Feb. 10 and has been posting updates on the Partnership’s Website, www.congo-mission.org, and its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Congo-Partnership/190059111024921.
During the visit they will witness the digging of a new fresh-water well in a remote area, funded in part by gifts from the Partnership, which began in 2000. Yet, one well, costing about $50,000 to install, will not suffice for thousands of residents who have no access to clean water. They suffer from poor health and diseases contracted from using the local river as their only water source.
“We can only imagine the excitement, celebration and praise to our Lord that will happen when the first bucket of water is extracted from the well,” writes Donna Baker, who traveled there with her husband, Partnership Chairman Jonathan Baker.
The team will also help dedicate Miriam’s Table, the newest feeding program, created in late 2014. Hundreds of children receive their only nutritious meal daily at Miriam’s Table, located on the outskirts of Kinshasa, the capital city and home to thousands of refugees from nearby countries.
In addition, the medical clinic at Mpasa, funded largely by the Partnership, will begin to expand its resources, services and facilities. A U.S. professor of architecture joined the team to help plan for a new building there, which may house expanded pediatric services. Our conference’s Southeast District is raising funds for the Mpasa clinic as its district mission project.
The Partnership team is assessing other current and potential programs as well, including medical clinics, Christian education for children, rapidly developing farms and sewing projects that teach adults and teens skills to become financially self-sustaining. The Rev. David Ryan, pastor of Hopeland UMC in Ephrata, coordinates the EPA Conference’s role in the Partnership.
“Despite the harsh realities of life in the DRC, the Congolese maintain an amazingly strong hope in God for a better future,” writes Baker. She promises to provide periodic updates in the hope that partner conferences, districts and churches will spread the good news and help increase fundraising, enabling them to improve and increase life-saving ministries there.