I am delighted to share with you that one of our generous donors has stepped up to say they are willing to support our brothers and sisters’ vision for ministry and witness in DR Congo. They have ordered to match all gifts received by April 30, 2016 in response to this appeal. I want you to see why you should say “yes” to standing alongside our Congolese brothers and sisters.
Tsongo Kalumbi’s Story
Everywhere I go in Buyinga, I witness the success stories of people whose lives have been transformed through the ministry of the Church in their community. Even local business people are now supporting their ministry. Tsongo Kalumbi is one farmer who has experienced the transformation. Tsongo received training on growing cabbages instead of just bananas and cassava as he had always been told to do. This training was so successful, after one year he was able to buy a motorbike to transport his crop to local markets.
“I grew up knowing that cassava and bananas are the only cash crops we could grow in our area, apart from coffee which disappeared some decades ago due to plant diseases. When our agronomist asked us to prepare a nursery for cabbages, I thought he was joking. But when I saw the new farming techniques he showed us, my friend Kikwaya and I decided to give it a try and since then I have been growing cabbages. I am proud that after one year of hard work, both of us have been able to buy motorbikes with the sale of cabbages. Surprisingly, I do not have to go far to sell my products; people just come for them and the demand keeps growing.”
Healing Marielle’s Wounds
Some communities report that the incidence of rape is as high as 50 percent of the female population. In one CBCA church, 87 percent of the females are victims of sexual violence. Daughters, mothers, grandmothers…no one is exempt from the cruelty and violence. As women share their stories with me, I wonder how they can recover from such trauma. Where is there hope for these courageous women? How can we walk alongside them as they recover their dignity? Marielle* is one of these women.
In faithful partnership and service,
Rev. Dr. Terry Smith
* In the event a particular project or program is oversubscribed or where local conditions prevent implementation, CBM will redirect your donation to where it is needed most.