You can change a life in Africa! I invite you to learn about the the work of Global Outreach with the Congo for Christ orphanage in DRC.
We are raising money for the National Community Church 2012 Mission to Uvira Congo. There is incredible value in sending everyday Americans to build a sustainable working relationship with those who are raising the orphans of Congo to be tomorrow's peacemakers.
The issues and challenges can be horrifying and difficult to understand. The simple part is that, if we are compelled by the love of God, we can share hope with individuals, from orphans to community leaders. Our hope and faith is in them and God's power to use them to heal their nation. Our responsibility is to understand the culture, the conflict, and the context in which we work.
Since the progress described below, the NCC team was able to raise the money for the orphans school and government fees through the October Tough Mudder Race in Wintergreen VA.
Background: In Summer of 2010 the church raised the money to help Pastor Jeremiah and Global Outreach build an orphanage for 63 orphans in Uvira in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The building is so much more than an orphanage. It is also used as a Bible school, a church, and a place where many women and neighborhood children find a unique community experience. In late 2010 our team got together to raise money for a water pipeline for the orphanage and the village. I cannot over express how rare and what a big deal the pipe line is in this place. The clean bath and shower houses are also a big deal.
Looking ahead, one of our main concerns is getting doctors over there in some capacity to identify and triage the medical needs of the orphans and women in the community. We already knew that most orphans were either orphaned by AIDS or war. We became aware of other troubling medical needs for people in the community.
With a little help, if these kids live, and are able to grow up strong, I believe their generation will be a part of the solution to healing an otherwise seriously jacked up place. In tandem, it is equally important to invite people through knowledge and prayer to dive in to the world's biggest problem and learn about the historical, cultural, and political roots of the conflict in Eastern Congo.