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“Daughter, your faith has made you well.” —Mark 5:34

Wednesday, May 20

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Democratic Republic of the Congo

 

Rev. Nzeba reunites with a survivor and her five-year-old twin sons. Photo by Christi Boyd

 

Rev. Nzeba reunites with a survivor and her five-year-old twin sons.

 

Photo by Christi Boyd

 

Ordained Presbyterian pastor  Berthe “Maman” Nzeba coordinates the Women and Families Desk of the Church of Christ in Congo (ECC). Under her leadership, women from over 60 denominations federated under the ECC are united to address sexual violence against women and children in conflict-ridden eastern Congo. Since the influx of refugees following the 1994 genocide in neighboring Rwanda, the area regularly suffers violent attacks by roaming militia, which are funded by revenues from mines they control. Rape has proliferated from a barbaric war tactic into an epidemic social ill. Maman Nzeba accompanies local women’s groups who offer sanctuary to rape survivors and ensure that they receive full medical attention. These volunteers provide pastoral care, counseling, vocational training, and surgical repair to heal the manifold trauma. Along with war orphans, child mothers and the offspring of their rape are taken in by local communities, who ensure their education. But Maman Nzeba’s discipleship goes beyond these compassionate acts. Increasingly aware of the intricate connections between mineral wealth, armed conflict, and sexual violence, she has become an outspoken critic of foreign companies involved in trading conflict minerals. She is thankful for US Presbyterians who advocate transparent and equitable mining legislation that ends violence, brings revenue to schools and clinics, and allows consumers to enjoy conflict-free products.

Christi Boyd, PC(USA) regional facilitator for women’s and children’s interests

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) People in Mission

Jeff Boyd, regional liaison for Central Africa, Presbyterian World Mission, Christi Boyd, facilitator for women’s and children’s interests, Presbyterian World Mission • Presbyterian Community of Congo (CPC): Ruth Brown, development specialist, Gwenda Fletcher, education consultant, Dr. John Fletcher, surgical consultant, Marcia Murray, teacher of math and English, Kristi Rice and Rev. Robert “Bob” Rice , Christian educators/evangelists, Dr. Martha Sommers, medical education consultant, Inge Sthreshley, agricultural consultant, Dr. Lawrence Sthreshley, health consultant in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Sara Hayden, PMA
Crystal Health, BOP

Let us pray

Awe-inspiring God, have mercy on your innocent daughters. Bearing your image, they have been torn apart and languish in despair. Take to heart their tears, and their feelings of shame and disgrace. Comfort and restore them through the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Amen. —Rev. Nzeba

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 99; 147:1-11
First Reading Ezekiel 11:14-25
Second Reading Hebrews 7:1-17
Gospel Reading Luke 10:17-24
Evening Psalms 9; 118

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