My time in Mbandaka was challenging, productive, and presented new possibilities to expand our work into small villages along the Congo River helping Village Pastors.
Pastor Jean Pierre Masimo is the leader of The Assembly of Saints, an independent, non-denominational church with branches throughout the Equator Province. During the past 22 years, Pastor Jean Pierre recruited, trained, and sent out 47 pastors who have planted small churches mainly along the Congo River.
After leading a three-day Farming God's Way (FGW) training in their church, we spent the next two weeks with them preparing and planting a field of soybeans for their child nutrition program. Later, Pastor Jean Pierre and his wife, Veronica, asked me to provide training for their churches along the river. Their appeal was sincere and heart-wrenching as well as daunting.
I need much prayer for wisdom on how to partner with them to meet their needs as the Lord provides time and resources.
“Home for the Care and Education of Children in Need”
During my week in Kinshasa before I returned to the US, Thomas and I led a Farming God’s Way Seminar at an elementary school and orphanage owned and managed by, Marie Lumengu, a Congolese widow. The three-day training seminar culminated in preparing and planting a Well-Watered Garden (WWG) on Marie’s property where she raises much of the food for the orphans. A Well-Watered Garden is based on Isaiah 58:11,
“The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”
Please pray that Marie’s 6m x 6m well-watered garden will demonstrate the principles taught during the FGW seminar and yield much fruit.
United in Love, Walking in Hope, Persevering in Faith,
Ron & Doris