"Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results." -James 5:16
At Mwangaza, we know that prayer is the most important key to the success of our ministry. We truly believe that every victory achieved come from God, and because He listens to prayers, we would really welcome your support. Please consider commiting to dedicated directed long-term prayer over Mwangaza in general, as well as in these more specific areas:
- For our staff and volunteers: for health, safety, and that they allow God's desires and love to permeate everything they do
- For the cities we work in: that they would be open and receptive to our continued presence and work there
- For the children in our programs: that they would realize how precious and loved they are, and that God has a special plan for each of them
- For the children not yet in our programs: that they would know they are not forgotten, that God sees and knows them and that they will have their needs met
- For the families involved in our programs: that they would allow God's love to soften their hearts and allow them to become all He wants them to be
- For the leaders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: that they would see their world through God's eyes and allow God to work through them
- For the country of DRC: that it would become a place of healing and light, and that God would protect it from all evil
Weekly Prayer Requests and Praises from the Mission Field:
This week we share Tresor's latest news letter. Hard and scary times are quickly approaching, and we ask you to join us in prayer.
I thank the Lord for the opportunity to write to you. I trust that all is well with you and your families. I am confident that you will pray about what I am about to share.
I am writing to share with you about the challenges our ministry and myself are facing as December approaches. A month from today, president Kabila’s term is going to expire. I am sure you remember the outburst of violence we experienced in Kinshasa in September. Since then both cams seem to be inevitably headed toward a violent confrontation in December. Despite negotiations and an agreement to postpone elections till August 2018, tension is not coming down. The radical part of the opposition has not signed it yet. Now there is a psychological war between them. Who is the good guy in this, I cannot tell. What I see is that there are people hungry for power on both sides. None of them is presenting the people with a plan to change this country. They want power. As long as they keep it or conquer it, they are happy but there is no vision for the future of the starving Congolese.
When I left the US in July 31st, I had three goals. First, was to install water purifiers in two orphanages and a hope center. Second, to work out J's (a little girl with serious medical issues) paperwork so I could return with her to the States for proper care and third, I wanted to attend my sister’s wedding. Unfortunately, because of the current situation in Kinshasa, none of these goals have been met. This week Rose and her fiancé decided to postpone their wedding because most of their guests are afraid of December. I must admit that I was disappointed when there was no other solution than to postpone the wedding.
“May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.” Teresa of Avila’s
I trust the Lord that I am exactly where I am supposed to be for such a time as this. I had promised to return in December, I even hoped that everything would be set for J to come in October. I will not be able to keep this promise. I will stay here through December 19 and help. I strongly believe that this is what the Lord wants me to do. I will not leave the kids, my family and my team in this difficult season. Not that I am not afraid of staying, I have this peace in knowing that I am supposed to be here and that I am ready for whatever happens.
I have been asked what I think may happen December 19. There are two scenarios. We will either have extreme violence on the street of Kinshasa with riots, looting, internet shutdown and a blackout some even go as far as predicting a new civil war or There could be nothing, it could be just a normal day. At this time, only God knows what is going to happen. While my prayer is that we do not have to deal with the first scenario, I don’t want to be unprepared if things get off hand. We have hundreds of children in orphanages and communities who will need help and we need to be ready to answer.
Today, Kinshasa is a city filled with fear. Nobody is making plans in December, we are even wondering if we should plan a Christmas project. There is anxiety and some of my friends in ministry here such as Maman Helene who host our mission teams have suffered nervous breakdown. All of us here are feeling the weight of being responsible for these precious little lives. Yet, for us Christians our hope is in the Lord. He has a wonderful plan for us.
“There is no panic in Heaven! God has no problems, only plans.” ― Corrie Ten Boom
Our plan to respond to this emergency is threefold. First to make sure that children are safe and that they know where to run if they cannot stay in their home. Second, to make sure that every child as food and water. Third to make sure that they can receive care if they are injured. In conjunction with these efforts, we need to be able to remain able to communicate if there is an internet shutdown and have a way to be mobile enough to rescue the children if the need arises. These are things we learned the importance of the hard way in September.
We have come up with an emergency plan that will let us help our kids and their families. We plan on purchasing and enough extra beans, rice and non-perishable foods, as well as essential first aid packs and medicines, to last at least two weeks. We will deliver the supplies to the orphanages and Hope Centers before the 19th of December. We also have some water collection and purification plans in process that we will supply to our centers. The plan has other aspects that we are working on as well.
If you would like more information on the emergency list, please email me us. You can also give financially to help us achieve this goal.
Most importantly of all, I need your commitment to pray for us. Please pray for:
Peace in Congo.
Pray for the children.
Pray for my family
Pray for me that I will have the courage and boldness to share Jesus even in these difficult times.
Difficult days seem to be ahead of us. Pray that keep our eyes fixed upon Jesus our only hope.
Your partnership in prayers help us fulfill our mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Please consider becoming a prayer partner today!