Your Presence a Blessing

Metal flashlight becomes a rhythm instrument and your blogger becomes a Congo choir member (From the August 2010 postings in the Blog Archives at right)

Imagine yourself playing an instrument in a Congolese choir and then consider one of these opportunities described below to further the partnership of the Disciples of Christ and United Church of Christ in the U.S. with the Disciples in Congo.  Discover what so many others have found through sharing their lives with persons in Congo: in a setting of “underdevelopment” the Congolese people will help you learn more about what it is to be human.  And you will bless them as your presence confirms that we in the U.S. have not forgotten them and that we continue to value our historic ties with Christians in the Congo.  Join with the Congolese in celebrating the proclamation of the Psalmist: “Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.” (Ps 126:6)

Congo Travel Experience

You are invited to participate in the celebration of the groundbreaking for the new wing at the

Worshipping in Congo, and participating in the offering, leaves a deep impression on the visitor

first and oldest hospital founded by the Disciples in Congo.  There is still space in the delegation leaving for Congo August 7 this summer.  In addition to the visit of Disciples in Bolenge/Mbandaka, the group will tour and meet with Church partners in the capital cities of Kinshasa and Congo Brazzaville.  Further details from the http://www.globalministries.org  web site follow:

Congo Travel Experience

August 7-18, 2012

Our goal is be a “critical presence” by:

  • Celebrating with the Church of the Disciples of Christ  the completion of the maternity wing at the Bolenge hospital and the groundbreaking for the surgery/general medicine wing at the Bolenge Hospital.
  • Celebrating the renewal of the Global Ministries partnership between the Michigan Region and the Kinshasa Post
  • Visiting our partners in the neighboring country of Congo-Brazzaville.

The cost of the trip is $5000 inclusive of transportation, accommodation and meals. Contact the Africa Office for additional information: sgourdet@dom.disciples.org orpsanborn@dom.disciples.org

Mission Priority Positions

Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ has

Your blogger tells the story of Disciples missionary Ray Eldred whose drowning in a Congo river inspired the poem “The Congo” by Vachel Lindsay in the early 1900’s

identified priority positions for special funding. These mission priority positions have been received by Global Ministries from partner churches and church agencies and will be filled on the basis of a special fund raising project. These fully supported positions provide the missionary with a modest salary, health care, pension, housing and additional benefits related to educational benefits for children.

AFRICA

Democratic Republic of Congo: Medical doctor to serve with the Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo in rural areas with an ability to adapt to very limited, outdated or non-existent facilities. French or Lingala required. Four-year term.

Democratic Republic of Congo: Leadership and Economic Development Consultant to strengthen the capacity of leaders of the Disciples of Christ in Congo to rebuild their war ravaged rural areas. Candidate should be versed in strategic planning and management, and grant writing. French or Lingala required. Four-year term.

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