The LOPC Congo Mission team was formed in 2012 in response to the horrific conditions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), particularly the suffering of women and children. These conditions have continued and, in some cases, grown in the DRC. The country, while rich in minerals, has suffered years of warfare, poverty, corruption, and other forms of violence and devastation. The Congo team works through The Presbyterian Church (USA) mission co-workers in the DRC and PC(USA) Congolese partners and the Congo Mission Network (CMN). The CMN is comprised of several Presbyterian churches/presbyteries and individuals in the US who support the work of PCUSA in the Congo.
The LOPC team takes a holistic approach to its mission efforts by providing financial, advocacy and spiritual support in numerous forms. LOPC’s financial support is focused on education (building schools, special training for girls, teacher support), and Trauma Healing. A special team assembles necklaces and other products that are sold at times on the church’s patio after Sunday services to support Build Congo Schools. Trauma healing is accomplished through a curriculum called Healing Hearts that helps children mend their emotional wounds from the violence and devastation in parts of the DRC. We advocate for the people of the DRC by maintaining relationships with various congressional parties, State Dept. and the UN through which we can support various positions and legislature helpful to the DRC. We have a weekly prayer call and have provided other forms of spiritual support.
- Click here to donate to Build Congo Schools
- Click here to donate to Healing Hearts (If giving by check, write “Healing Hearts – Congo” in the memo line)
The team is always looking for new members and if you are interested in learning more, email Herb Long at email@example.com or Bobbie Dodson-Nielsen (for necklace project). All are welcomed at our monthly meeting, usually held on the first Sunday of the month. There are various ways you can participate.
A Christmas Miracle is Happening in the Congo
Tshiabantu School (10th Build Congo School) is rising despite Congo’s poverty, violence, mineral exploitation, deforestation, COVID and rains — because the love, hope and courage that God provides cannot be conquered!
Here is a message from Coordinator Mpoyi’s and photos below of progress at Tshiabantu School in Mbuji Mayi, DRC!
“In the name of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, I inform you that the second phase of construction of E.P Tshiabantu is progressing very well, by next week the roof will be in its final phase.”
Congo Necklace Team
Funds raised by the Congo Necklace team go toward building new schools in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We are excited to have received photos of a recently completed school – built with help from LOPC donations!
Update on Healing Hearts Expansion
Christi and I just returned from Tshikaji/Kananga where we witnessed 12 days of trainings for trauma healing for children as well as for adults. The trainees, men and women, were selected across the diversity of the faith communities: ECC member churches (Presbyterian, Methodists, Mennonites, etc.), Roman Catholic Church, and the Muslim community, among others. The atrocities that the communities experienced were felt across all faith communities. It was a wonderfully diverse and respectful atmosphere.
At the same time, it was painful and sobering to hear stories of brutalities that adults and children have witnessed and experienced. Some of these children have seen their parents beheaded and sisters raped. During the last five days, the trainees met all day with the children and through stories, games, scriptural references and compassionate accompaniment the adults helped the children recognize a path toward healing, one that involves recognizing the loss, mourning, weeping, asking God’s help with the pain, forgiving, and rebuilding. Through all, God’s love for each one was emphasized.
The trainees have been charged to return to their geographic communities, also selected based on consideration of places heavily impacted by the violence, and in the coming 6-9 months each should work with at least two groups of adults and two groups of children. Those who do so and report back faithfully are to be invited back to a follow-up training designed to certify the qualified trainees as trainers themselves. We are starting already the effort to raise the funds to help organize that training next year.
Thanks to those of you who have accompanied this training with prayer for its success as well as the two that preceded it in eastern Congo these past two years. Thank you also to each individual, church and presbytery that have given financially to enable Presbyterian World Mission to support this program of trauma healing.
Regional Liaison for Central Africa Presbyterian World Mission
LOPC Mission Co-Workers