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Update on expulsion of Angolan family

November 6, 2009 News
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An item of praise is that our student family that was split apart by the expulsion of the Angolan wife and children from the Congo last month has at last been reunited.  Massamba Nzola, one of our graduating student pastors, was able to get his five-year-old son back into the Congo a couple of weeks ago, but it took two more trips and the presentation of the wife’s student card at our Women’s School to get her and the baby back across the border.  The baby is suffering from severe diarrhea, but we are confident she will recover with proper treatment.  Thanks for your prayers!

Mama Nsenga, the Angolan lady who worked for me in my house, has been in a refugee camp for nearly a month now, waiting to be transferred to a village near some relatives.  Her son is enrolled in his senior year at one of our technical schools here at the Evangelical Center of Cooperation (CECO), and is having trouble paying his school fees.  Other families continue to suffer!

This is a long weekend for us, the end of the first grading period of the school year.  We organized a youth activity today (Friday) at CECO, beginning with a film at my house.  I showed a Christian music video, a couple of short clips on youth and AIDS, produced by young people in West Africa, and “Tough Choices,” about a high school couple in Kenya who has to make a decision about whether to end the girl’s pregnancy.  The girl’s father, an elder in the church, is more concerned about his reputation than about taking care of his daughter!  After the film, an outstanding young doctor and True Love Waits team member, Roger Mabiala, who just graduated from the medical school at the Protestant University of Kimpese, spoke to 22 kids, age 15 and over, about the consequences of irresponsible sexuality that he has already seen in his brief time as a doctor.  Pray that the young people will take his message to heart!

It’s raining as I write this, a sign that the season has changed and people had better hurry up and harvest the last of the dry-season onion crop and get their peanuts planted!  Agriculture is a way of life for almost everybody here; even those who have other jobs don’t make enough money to meet their families’ needs, so they go to the fields after work.  I’ve received gifts of green onions, avocados, and mangoes in recent days.

Thanks for your faithful prayers and support of my ministries here in the Congo!

In Christ,