On Friday August 21, I received the following message from a friend of mine who works at the Shalom University of Bunia, Enosh Anguandia. Enosh, pictured above with his wife, Elizabeth, is the Academic Dean for the university. In addition, he leads efforts to involve the churches in the area to do outreach. Those churches have been the beneficiaries of missionary outreach for decades. Anguandia and the Shalom University have a vision for taking these churches beyond being recipients of outreach. They are mobilizing them to reach out themselves, even though they feel weak and poor. The mobilization started with a Global Prayer Day in 2006. Here is what he wrote:
I am writing to tell you of our own contribution to the suffering of the victims of LRA attacks. I have just finished packing collections for the victims of the LRA attacks in northern Orientale Province of DRC. This is part of the Global day of Prayer initiative. On Pentecost Sunday, May 31, we requested churches from all protestant denominations in Bunia to donate clothes to families in Haut Uele and Bas Uele districts of the Orientale Province who had lost everything while fleeing the LRA aggression there. As I write this message, I just finished packing 351.5 kilograms (773 pounds) of men’s and women’s clothing, men’s and women’s shoes, and laundry soap. . We have asked the UN in Bunia to airlift all that to Dingila. UN entrusted the task to MEDAIR Bunia, who sent an official to take the weight.
The church in Bunia and around is awakening to missions vision through this initiative of the Global Day of Prayer we helped initiate in 2006.
Blessings in Christ,
A couple days later Enosh Anguandia wrote that “donations keeps coming in even after I sealed the bags.”
I am so encouraged to see these churches going to the next level of maturity. Life in Bunia is not easy, but here are Congolese Christians reaching out in the middle of their own distress. Below is a map showing the area affected by the LRA rebels and here is a good article about the LRA attacks and their effects: http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-08-07-voa36.cfm.
(This was fist posted on a different site. It was republished here in March 2012.)