It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has directly affected nearly every nation in the world, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Schools remain shut down, and as a result, our English classes remain on standby. Nonetheless, our teachers, many of which are university students that are unable to attend classes, have shifted their focus to learning a new skill set: Farming God's Way. This involves Bible study for foundational principles and their practical application in the garden and field.
International travel is currently on hold, but we’ve been able to remain in touch with the RWI team via WhatsApp, which has proved incredibly useful despite the weak and erratic Internet in Mbandaka. We’re happy to report that things are going well and that there’s forward momentum.
Through our gardening and farming courses, students are learning to reflect God's faithfulness as they learn to responsibly use and care for the soil. This provides food for their own families as well as the possibility of selling the surplus in their communities.
In addition to the pandemic, on June 1 we received word that there is a new outbreak of Ebola in Mbandaka and would greatly appreciate your prayers.
Quoting Reliefweb, posted June 8, 2020,
“On top of Ebola, the DRC is battling a dangerous mix of health and humanitarian crises, including the world’s largest measles outbreak, massive internal displacement and insecurity, and the COVID-19 pandemic.”
We know that Jesus Christ is our Provider, our Healer, and our Peace. We are praying for God to raise up God-fearing Congolese men and women who will believe Him for the healing of this nation, and our world.
Thank you for your love and support,
Redemption Works, International