International Ministries

A Day of Victory For the Women of Congo!

February 10, 2011 Journal
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Something great happened today!!!

I just got home and I'm exhausted, but I don't care.  I can't wait to tell you all the good news!  Today, was a day of victory for the women of CBCO, especially for Mitendi Women's Center!!!  After almost 2 years of fighting our latest legal battle over the property of Mitendi, we finally have in our hands multiple copies of all the official documents that prove that the land and all the buildings within the property boundaries do in fact belong to the women of CBCO!

I say “we” because I'm part of the staff, but I can claim no credit for this victory.  All honor goes first to the Lord, and secondly to the 4 women, who tirelessly, and at great personal sacrifice, went from government office to government office badgering the officials who finally did their jobs and enforced the law.

I had my doubts that it would ever happen.  Even after the court case ended positively in our favor back in October, I knew that without the official paperwork it all meant nothing.  In order to get those documents released, the women were being asked a huge sum of money.  It was like the papers were being held hostage and we couldn't do anything about it.  We just didn't have the money.  A few weeks ago, I asked Mama Koba, our women's president, if it would ever end. Her calm response was, “You'll see, we're stubborn women, and God is on our side. We are going to win.”  We laughed together about it, but she wasn't kidding.

Out of the blue this morning Mama Koba received a phone call from the office of land management telling her, if she brought the proper amount of money, the documents would be ready.  We had other plans for the day, but dropped everything.  The women scraped together what money we could, knowing it wouldn't be enough.  We jumped in the car and drove in the blistering heat through some of the worst traffic I've ever seen to their office on the other side of town.  After more than 2 hours of tough negotiations, the women emerged victorious with papers in hand! God is so good!

I can't tell you how excited we are.  It was like being there to witness David beating Goliath.  We didn't have the weapons necessary to beat our enemy (in this case money), but God brought about the victory anyway.  This also means that the 3 small houses that were built illegally on our property also belong to us!  As the document states, we have been threatened and in disputes over the Mitendi property going all the way back to 1999.  Having this paperwork means we can finally stop worrying about all of that and really focus our efforts on Mitendi's true purpose: providing training and education to young women at risk to prostitution so they can move on to a new life of hope!!!

Today is a great day, but not only for us.  Many of you have stood with us in prayer, literally for years, over this issue.  Today we share that victory with you!

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. ~Phil1:3-6

With Much Love,

Jill Lowery