Final thoughts from DR Congo

Stewart_linda_desire Posted by Rachel Brittain on Mon, 31 Jul 2017 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

The last few days in Butembo have gone by in a blur. We spent Friday on the road visiting the rural parishes of Mumole and Mutendero. Mumole parish has developed bee and fish farms with the intention of funding some Diocesan activities with the profits. We have been eating honey on everything every day since then!

We travelled a little bit out of town on Saturday morning as well to meet one of the literacy classes which the Diocese has developed with support from the CMSI children’s resource ‘Little Lights’. The age range in the class was from 10 to 70, the only thing they had in common was that they had never had the opportunity to learn to read and write. Their eagerness to make the most of this chance to learn was obvious. Some of those who had completed the course had asked the church to provide more training and they are learning tailoring and hairdressing. The church is absolutely vital to the development of Butembo, and this is made clear to us in projects like this.

Stewart was concerned to see the carpentry workshop in great working order close to the Bishop’s house, but with no discernible health and safety regulations! The young men being trained in this diocesan workshop all have traumatic stories and are alone after losing their families to war. Again we saw how the church is shaping the community through practical compassionate action.

On a final tour of the diocesan compound the Bishop painted a bright vision of his hopes for North Kivu. A formal meeting with the Orphanage Committee gave us an opportunity to talk in more detail about the vision for the children there as well.

As we sit on the edge of Lake Kivu, Goma, putting our final thoughts here before continuing the journey home, we are convinced of the value of what the Diocese is presently doing and of what they are planning for the future. We consider this visit a privilege and pray that God will fulfil the vision of the Bishop, and will continue to call the global church into partnership with North Kivu Diocese.

Linda Abwa and Stewart Brennan are visiting CMSI partners in DR Congo. You can read their other blogs here.

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