Let the children come

Staff_team_2015 Posted by Roger Cooke on Thu, 05 Jan 2017 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

The second of our Extra Guest placemat stories (and the last of our Twelve Blogs of Christmas) comes from DR Congo. It offers a snapshot of overwhelming hospitality and true, Christlike compassion.

In the Winter 2011 edition of inMission, we introduced the ministry of Mama Dorcas Mbambu in Butembo, DR Congo.

One of the many tragedies of the long and brutal civil war in DR Congo has been the significant escalation in numbers of orphaned children and abandoned babies. In 1996, Dorcas and her husband began to open up their home to abandoned children, ‘to show Christian compassion for infants in distress.’

At the time of that article, 31 children were staying with Dorcas, with four or five children to each bunk bed. The next two visits to Butembo by CMSI staff and supporters saw the numbers of children increasing and the added complication of a fault-line ditch gradually moving towards the home.

Thanks to the generous response of link parishes in Ireland, CMSI has been working with North Kivu Diocese to buy good land and build a new home for this ministry and for these children – a place to belong, a place of safety, a place of love.

Dorcas, her staff and the children are now in temporary accommodation – a former clinic – while the new home is completed. Over 50 children are currently being housed – recent violence has seen new children arriving almost every day.

Over the past 20 years, Dorcas has welcomed hundreds of ‘extra guests’ into her home and into her life. May her hospitality and compassion inspire us as we begin a new year.

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