Thursday, May 21
Democratic Republic of the Congo, continued
Thunder pounded. Lightning flashed. The heavens opened wide. Packed into a Toyota Land Cruiser, we made our desperate flight from Kaniema, a border town in Katanga near East Kasai. The rains meant destruction of the road; time was short. While all of us were enjoying fellowship and the thrill of coursing along Congo’s treacherous roads, Pastor Mukenge sat silent. The rains signaled our mission would be cut short. Our visit to the adjacent region of Kanyintshina would be postponed. Our friend looked like a boy on the verge of tears. I found myself fixated on his downcast spirit.
Pastor Mukenge and Elder Mukendi serve in the East Kasai Province. With a shoestring budget, they find ways to visit neglected regions to encourage God’s people. Humbly, but with enthusiasm, they go about their God-ordained mission to preach good news to the poor, to lift up those weighed down, and to bring God’s reconciliation and healing power to a world troubled by tribal divisions and despair. We first met these two colleagues in 2010 at a national laity conference. Pastor Mukenge brandished a Spirit-filled smile and a servant’s heart. Elder Mukendi exhibited a desire to help orphans and serve young people. These two men have inspired us by their commitment and faithfulness. Both men walk one hour to work each day and find every opportunity to itinerate and do works of mercy and compassion. The Presbyterian Church in their region has been riddled with divisions and factions. Yet they press on in faith and hope. Their message to us is this: “God remembers His people, and we are His hands and feet.”
—Rev. Bob Rice, PC(USA) mission coworker, Kananga
Let us join in prayer for:
Presbyterian Community of Congo (CPC): Rev. Dr. Mulumba M. Mukundi, general secretary • Presbyterian Community of Kinshasa (CPK): Rev. Dr. Josue Tshimungu Mayele, community president and legal representative • Protestant University of Congo: Prof. Rev. Ngoy Boliya, rector • Sheppard and Lapsley Presbyterian University of Congo: Rev. Dr. Mulumba M. Mukundi, rector
Presbyteries of Mission, New Castle, and Sheppards and Lapsley, with the CPC; Presbytery of Eastern Virginia, with the CPK
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
King of the universe, you see the faithful deeds of your servants in the Congo. Bless the work of their hands. We do not trust in horses or chariots. We trust in you, Lord of hosts, friend of the lowly. We bless your mighty name! Amen.