Expanded Bokonzo water system serves thousands

Last week I joined the Covenant Kids Congo (CKC) team on their visit to the expanded and renewed Bokonzo water system.  Thanks to CKC powered by World Vision for renewing this critical water source for the Bokonzo, Gemena II and

Educated, Inspired and Challenged in South Africa

I was educated, inspired and challenged at the Consultation for African partners of Covenant World Relief (CWR) that I attended in May.  Representatives came from 2 partners Cameroon, the Central African Republic (CAR), eastern DRC and me from NW DRC,

CAR refugees yearning to become self-supporting

I was very encouraged to hear the refugees from the Central African Republic at the Inke Refugee camp express their strong desire to become self-sufficient in food and to have means to earn an income.  That is a change from

The saga of getting the Hilux off the barge

Getting our new Hilux off the barge was a huge undertaking.  Thanks to Dawili Debo’s ingenuity, persistance and negotiating skills he got the truck safely off the barge and on to Gemena.

The barge arrived at the port of Akula

Encouragement and hope in mourning

Today the staff that works with us came with their wives to have a short service of encouragement and remembrance for Cindy following the loss of her father in January.  The CEUM culture has these services all the time to

Rev. Liwawa Elenga – Humble Servant Pastor

Elenga's casket at the funeral

Elenga’s casket at the funeral

Last week we were privileged to attend the funeral for our friend and co-worker Rev. Liévin Liwawa Elenga. Born December 12, 1962, he passed away March 4, 2017 following an 8 month battle with intestinal

Log Bridge Dangers

Traveling around the Ubangi-Mongala area will bring you to having to cross questionable log bridges.  And when you have to cross them at night the uncertainty increases.  This situation in the short video took place in latter June on my

Papa Duale: a much respected and gifted leader laid to rest Friday

Friday was Papa Duale’s funeral in Gemena at the Bokonzo Church.  Keith Gustafson sent this description of the day and the commemorations.

8 Pastors sat by coffin for 15 minutes each from Thursday through Friday funeral

Pastors took turns sitting by the coffin, 15 min each from Thursday through Friday.

Even before the Friday

Inke refugee camp visit

Refugees the world over face difficult living conditions and that is no different at the Inke camp for refugees from the Central African Republic.  We visited this camp of 20,000 registered refugees last week after our seminar at the Gbado-Gboketsa

Diamonds in the rough

Every day of the week the diamond diggers or miners in the villages surrounding Mbuji-Mayi area sell the diamonds they found the day before to the buyers at the “comptoirs” [counters]. These buyers in turn take the diamonds to Mbuji-Mayi