The Plague

Have you noticed how terrible news, plagues, conflict mineral rebels, the killing of local communities, travel warnings and the hi-jacking of tourists, NGO workers and now even ambassadors prevail from the DRC? Is it co-incidence, bad luck, a bad omen or sheer manipulation by plunderers of the DRC’s resources? How then must the Church do its work?

on compassion and the drc

C.H. Spurgeon delivered a sermon on the subject of compassion form Matthew 9:36 ” He was moved with compassion”.

A Sermon (No. 3438) Published on Thursday, December 24th, 1914. Delivered by C. H. SPURGEON, At the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington.

Today the same message from Jesus Christ applies.

Helping to get the Yakusu Mission Hospital fully functional would show more Christian compassion to the people of the north-eastern Congo River region!

work horse

This 1999 Toyota Hilux 3D had seen good mission service and many repairs. Presently the body, some mechanical components and suspension show some wear and tear. The engine was re-done in December 2014. The missions highway between Cape Town and Kisangani could not be honestly and safely declared open by means of the Africa Peace and Development Expedition in September 2014, due to travel restrictions in North and South Kivu provinces in the DR Congo. To re-attempt this in 2021 would either require a project to refurbish this same vehicle at a cost of perhaps US $5000 or a full replacement with accessories such as a double fuel tank, roof rack, winch, tow bar, raised suspension, adjustable storage space, canopy … at US $60 000 plus! Plan C would be to recruit a volunteer convoy. Your sending partnership makes the difference! 3 John : 6-8

farming god’s way

Congo River Mission not only spreads the Good News and helps to facilitate International Christian ministry and mission networks, but also encourages a 6 days a week social gospel of good works and good fruit in society. Every church plant needs a centre of excellence. A hub of community ministry on all possible and contextual terrains of local society. This includes small scale and household subsistence farming. Why? Because working the land is a God ordained ministry of the soil and of feeding the body, given in Genesis 2:15. Along the Congo River there are a number of factors that restrict stewardship with regard to agriculture and farming. Conflicts and wars chase people from ancestral lands. Bush meat and Congo River fish are easy but by now hardly sustainable food. Conflict Mineral rebel regions leave villagers without any sense of ownership or security, and this situation perpetuates poor and under fed communities, or worse, refugee camps in the eastern DRC. Yet, is a Bible based method of affordable small scale farming.

congo river villages without churches

No, indeed, God does not dwell in buildings of brick and mortar, clay or straw, – but His people gather there to seek His face, to fellowship, to praise and worship, and to plan for the Good Works prepared for us in the week ahead! In these photographs are examples of church buildings and Congo River Villages. Can you spot any such churches in any of the villages? If not, why not after 2021 years of Great Commission and Good News opportunity, also in Africa? How many villages in the deep rural Congo are not served by a pastor and a place of gathering? Please partner with Congo River Mission!

Is the landscape around Kisangani only desolate and God forsaken?

Is it true that because the DR Congo is brutal the international church keeps a distance, and because the churches keep a distance, the DR Congo remains brutal? Is it true that missionaries and NGO workers get caught by rebels or fearsome witch doctors and are cooked in big black pots over open fires? Is it true that travel warnings are designed to scare people away? Is it true that exotic disease disseminate doers of good deeds and that the government confiscates church assets? Is it true that conflict mineral mines use children as cheap and forced labour and that rebels rape the women in villages? Is it true that the DR Congo landscape is strewn with the wreckage of schools, clinics, ambulances, remote NGO offices and once brave mission stations .. still so in 2020? Is there nothing for the international church, international Christian business, tourists, investors, academics, researchers and community developers to partner with? What about the Yangambi Research Institute? The Okapi Wildlife Reserve? The Yakusu Hospital and the University of Kisangani? The Baptist Seminary and library at Yakusu? Hotel and tourist locations open for development? Kisangani as a central Africa hub port? Congo River Commerce? Congo River Mission and church plants? Existing DRC government initiatives that can be cross-connected? Christians, – the world, and Africa, is what we as good stewards make of it all! Your investment in Congo River Mission opens doors! Thank you.