Published on March 27th, 2009 | by kenmacgowan0
4,500 per month
Over 4,500 per month! That is the number of PREVENTABLE deaths that have taken place in the Congo during the last few years. Their people – particularly the women – have suffered, and are still feeling the impact of the war that started in 1998, involving 7 foreign armies.
That is one of the areas we want to reach with our African missionaries. Last month, 40 local pastors met at our mission boot-camp at Bombo, Uganda, near Kampala. This month another group gathered to be trained.
What can individual missionaries do in such war-torn areas? The greatest need in society is to change the heart. Aggression, greed, and the lust for power need to be replaced by submission to Jesus Christ, and a desire to share His love with others. We have seen this impact in Uganda, which has also experienced more than its share of conflict. And we want to try to deal with the issues of war, abuse, poverty, child-soldiers, and the desperation of widows and orphans, by seeing Christ change people one by one!
Recently I was in a study group in Kampala, where a woman identified herself as Congolese. What a joy to see her fulfilled, educated, and living in freedom! This is our burden for others.
We continue to communicate with Rev Simon Peter Emiau about these seminars, and look forward to the day we can join him for these gatherings. You can help make this possible