Heart And Soul

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Saturday 22nd July

“Put your heart and soul into it”(Ecclesiastes 9:10) was the title of the daily devotional (UCB) for Thursday, the day of our departure. This was a very encouraging instruction at the beginning of our visit; and one which we have come to grapple with even more at the end of our second day here in DR Congo.

After a long and tiring journey through Ethiopia and Burundi, we arrived in Goma on Friday to be greeted by Bishop Desire. Once checked into our accommodation the Bishop took us his home to be treated to a beautiful meal prepared by his wonderful wife Claudaline.

The highlight of the night was surely the privilege of experiencing the evening devotions with this family, especially the harmonious singing and drumming. The difference in worship style was immediately obvious but we felt the stirring of a sense of unity with Christian brothers and sisters.

Today (Saturday), we joined another mission team from Southampton to visit the town prison. The conditions were poor, crowded and appeared to us to be extremely uncomfortable. We walked through corridors lined with hundreds of men: we felt vulnerable but also disturbed by their hopelessness. Yet those who came along to the meeting worshiped with a joy and enthusiasm which was astonishing. This was a reminder that God can and does reach into the most difficult situations.

We were privileged to be welcomed by the governor and prisoners alike. On arrival the governor even encouraged us with the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:36…

I was in prison and you came to visit me.

Tonight we reflected again on the words we read on the bus to Dublin Airport – “put your heart and soul into it”. We knew that stepping out of our comfort zone into that prison was doing exactly that. But we also realised that there are conversations and relationships which are out of our comfort zone in our own communities at home.

As we read the first verses of Jonah together for our evening devotion we were challenged not to run away from the hard and uncomfortable, but to put our heart and soul into reaching out in love to folks outside our comfort zone where ever we find them.

Linda and Stewart

Linda Abwa (CMSI Partnership Coordinator) and Stewart Brennan (Milltown Parish) are currently visiting partners in Goma Diocese and North Kivu Diocese.

Comments

Jenny said Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:08AM
Great to hear from you both, we pray that God will continue to strengthen you with His compassion so that you will be able to engage with all whom you meet and all that you experience!
Eva, John and family said Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:02AM
Great to hear from you both, your strength and commitment is extremely encouraging. We are all so proud of you as a brother Stewart. You are in our thoughts and prayers every day. Wishing you gods blessings in your continued work.
Jean and herbie said Mon, 31 Jul 2017 10:06AM
Glad to see everyone is doing well it won't be a crack. To you are all home

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