DR Congo: The Church Responds

Posted by Roger Cooke on Tue, 04 Dec 2012 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

It seems that every day brings another worrying update from Eastern DR Congo, which has seen a dramatic escalation in tension in recent weeks. As always, it is ordinary, vulnerable people who are worst affected by the political upheaval, with over 500,000 having fled their homes since this latest rebellion began. In the midst of such despair and desperation, the Church in North Kivu is seeking to offer help and hope.

Yesterday, Congalese troops returned to Goma after the locally negotiated withdrawal of M23 rebels from the city. You can read more about the latest developments here

CMS Ireland works in partnership with three dioceses of the Anglican Church of Congo, including North Kivu, where the current events are taking place. Thanks to donations from individuals and Link Parishes, we recently transferred some funds to North Kivu, for them to use as they saw fit.

Bishop Isesomo e-mailed CMS Ireland last weekend to report on how the money has been used. Here is a short extract from his e-mail:

After receiving the money you sent, we formed a committee composed by the mayor of the city, the bourgoumesters, church leaders and other people. We met three times to discuss how the money should be used. Finaly we decided to buy some basic items like beens, rice, palm oil, soaps and salt.

On 13th November, 346 [displaced] families were served – which means over 2000 people. Each family received 7kg of beens and of rice, one soap, a packet of salt and 2 bottles of oil. The distribution took place at the Roman Catholic Cathedral because it is the central place where people can arrive easily.

Our local government leaders are very grateful to CMS Ireland for this good generosity to Congolese people.

On the distribution day , we went there very early with the mayor and other members of the committee to open the activities and tell the displaced people where the food was from. And it was also a good opportunity for me to preach the gospel to them, telling them about God’s love to his people through Jesus Christ.

Many thanks and may God bless CMS Ireland.

Bishop Isesomo
North-Kivu Diocese

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