This morning I was replying to a board members email for the Congo project (Redefined Ministries International). As I wrote I found myself struck by a range of thoughts including: pride in the hard working individuals on the ground and sorrow for them that more people do not know what they are achieving. I found myself wishing I was better (ie not terrible) at promotional work to bring them recognition, and fundraising to bring them resources. I found myself wishing I was business-minded so that I could have personal finance to throw into the project. And then God placed Matthew 6:1-4 into my heart for our ground crew:
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
The best rewards come not from human acknowledgement, but from our heavenly Father. It can be hard not receiving acknowledgement for our own works, but often it is harder watching deserving people and projects around us go unnoticed. At such times, let us bring them before our Father. Let us hold them and their needs before him in prayer. Let us trust God to provide for them and may we be encouraged knowing He will reward them with treasure that will not perish.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21).
Existing medical clinic and reception hut.
Locals working hard to construct a maternity ward and a tailoring workshop.
Quite a few of you know about my involvement with the Congo Project and co-founding Redefined Ministries International. My role has been changing with them the last few months – stepping out of the administrative role, but remaining on the Australian board. Still, many of you who are new friends might not know about this work so I want to bring this ministry to attention again here. I’m also including the link to their site. Please also like them on Facebook.
The longer I’m involved with the people of Jalasiga, DRC, the more I am inspired and encouraged by them. I am also so proud of what the Redefined ground team are achieving. It is a new season for me stepping back a bit, but I’m loving that even more. It’s nice to be able to see the exciting updates without the behind-the-scenes stress, financial concerns, logistical issues, and so forth.
Here’s just a few things that are happening in Jalasiga and Mahagi thanks to Redefined Ministries International and their partners:
- Birthing project, to promote safe births and decrease the high rate of infant mortality.
- Medical clinic built and now operating in a rural area. This clinic is also reaching out the community with health education programs, including girls’ education and support groups focusing on menstrual hygiene.
- Distributions of eye glasses, birthing kits and reusable cloth menstrual pads to improve regional health.
- Agricultural training to promote sustainable farming and best practise.
- Working with farmers to work towards fair prices in crop sales.
Distribution of birthing kits
The next big project being worked on is:
- Commencement of a vocational training program for women that will also impact on health care – the program will focus on sewing reusable cloth menstrual pads.
If you like what they’re doing, please get behind the ministry. One way you can support this ministry, whilst also learning more about the people and history of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is to buy a copy of my book: “Congolese Grandpa; A Life of War, Work and Worship”. All author proceeds go back to the people of the Congo.
Congolese Grandpa; A Life of War, Work and Worship
It is with great joy that I announce the release of this biography. It sees the completion of a four year project that I have completed to assist Redefined Ministries International in the Democratic Republic of Congo. All author proceeds go back to the people of the DRC and ministries in this nation, particularly Redefined Ministries International.
Congolese Grandpa tells the story of Ukerdhogu Jalukal Evariste, known by many simply as “Grandpa”.
Congolese Grandpa book cover
Grandpa’s life is one that will fascinate your mind and capture your soul as you hear of his enduring love for his people through colonialist strife, independence, civil war, exile, poverty, and failed relationships.
The biography focuses on this remarkable individual whilst interweaving the bigger picture happenings throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is hoped that through this biography we will paint a different picture of the DRC to the world. We long to shed light on the lives of ordinary Congolese men and women living extraordinary lives. We desire that it will encourage you to once more have hope for the future of this beautiful nation.
If you would like to purchase a copy of this book and so support development work in the DRC, you can do so through several channels including: in print from Amazon in b&w or colour. It is also available as an ebook on Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, Scribd, Inktera, Oyster, Tolino, and more.
Grandpa speaking at a community meeting in rural Jalasiga village
Have a look at this event that I am organising for Redefined Ministries International. This event is an easy way to be part of what we’re doing to assist the development of the Eastern Congo.
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I hope to get new blogs out soon. Please excuse my lack of communication, which has been due to travel in DRCongo and Uganda with limited internet access, as well as limited time to sit down and write during this time in the field.