A lot of movement has been taking place back in the DRC and we wanted to take a moment to give you a quick birds-eye overview from March to July!
Firstly, thank you so much for your donations, encouragement, and prayers that enabled these projects to take place. We also want to acknowledge that apart from God and His oversight, provision, and power none of this would have happened.
OUR PLANNED OUTREACHES
River village outreach
At the invitation of Pastor Gustave, we did a two-day Farming God's Way training for many of the villagers in Nzondo-Ngiri. With generous gifts from donors, we were able to purchase a canoe, outfit it, and make our first trip to a village of more than a thousand inhabitants accessible only by river. Since it gets dark by 6:00 PM, we showed the 'Jesus' film each evening outdoors to crowds of five hundred or more.
Bolingo Community Churches Outreach
We did two 3-day Farming God's Way seminars in two different villages 27 km and 90 km from Mbandaka. The hosting community had drawn together farmers from churches in nearby villages. Some walked as far as twenty kilometers to attend. It has been gratifying to see Pastor/farmers work with their members to implement the principles we taught, especially "don't burn God's blanket." Pastors were exceedingly thankful for audio Bibles for their illiterate congregations.
We launched a program to train individuals in Biblical keys, technology, and management principles at our center. We then accompany them on their land to prepare, plant and maintain a Well-Watered Garden under our supervision. This initiative is an experiment to see how serious the local farmers are about actually changing their destructive traditional ways.
Doris held a month-long intense English-Bible Teacher Training Class 6:30-9:00 am and a level two English class for medical doctors 3:00-5:00 pm. They did not want her to leave.
OUR UNPLANNED OUTREACHES
When you follow the Holy Spirit's lead, often you find yourself in unplanned ministry opportunities...
MPH Guesthouse in Kinshasa
Doris was asked to manage the guesthouse while the temporary managers had to return to the USA. She did a heroic job cleaning and organizing the guest house for many missionaries while transiting through Kinshasa.
Ron spent ten days doing needed maintenance. We are grateful to serve, especially since this is our home when we are in Kinshasa.
AT THIS VERY MOMENT
Ron and Doris are back stateside, while our faithful team in the DRC continues the work of the ministry. RWI is indeed a group effort, and we're so thankful that you are a part of it!