Just the logistics and connections required to get $15,000 worth of Solar Equipment to the Congo stretches my faith.
Here's how it happened...
Our Pastor's Institute and missionaries in Kikongo needed Internet service. Through a grant supplied by International Ministries through the One Great Hour of Sharing we were able to purchase the equipment needed to receive Internet in the interior of Africa via satellite.
Mission Aviation Fellowship arranged to ship in the equipment and install it at the Pastor's Institute. They even waved the power requirements temporarily so that we could have Internet for one or two hours a day. But, they insisted that eventually we would need to supply the system with power 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. (In my limited faith this seemed like an insurmountable obstacle. How could we ever make that happen?)
When the Summit Church in Boise, Idaho heard about this need they joined with the Northwest Region of American Baptist Churches and raised $15,000 to purchase the solar power system that we needed. That was a miracle in itself.
But then we had to design the system and order it. We were put in contact with a group of people who do just that. Within a few days we had the system designed, purchase and shipped to a warehouse in Maryland. Another miracle.
From there the equipment was loaded in a sea container with medicines and mosquito nets and other items headed for Africa for the needs of folks here. The equipment arrived in the port in Congo, was trucked up to Kinshasa and arrived in perfect condition. Another miracle.
Then it was loaded in a Mission Aviation Plane, flown from the capital city to the interior and delivered to the missionary's door step in Kikongo. More miracles.
If I had one of those world maps like you see in the movies, I could draw a big dotted line from the origin of the equipment to Kikongo in Africa's interior. It's just amazing all that had to happen for the needed equipment to arrive here all in one piece. God truly is good.
But wait! There's more.The project isn't done yet! All this equipment still needs to be installed. The Summit Church is sending our a team in October to put all the equipment in place and get our 24/7 power system going. Again, ... a miracle.
I would ask that you would pray for this team that is coming out to Congo to install the solar equipment. Please pray that they will stay healthy and will be safe. Pray also that the installation will go well and that no one will get injured or no equipment damaged. Pray that the team members will sense God's presence and that they will return home to their church praising God for all the miracles that have surrounded this project. Pray too for our brothers and sisters in Congo that this project will help them to grow and move forward in their own lives and that God would be glorified in all that we do.
(More to come next month...)
Thank you and God's blessings,
Mike and Jill Lowery