Samaritan Love Goes Out To Congo August 1, 2014
Good Samaritan Ministries welcomes international visitors throughout the year. Currently, one of our Samaritan families is hosting Pastor Timothee, Regional Director of GSM CONGO East. He is from Goma, a war-torn city in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is located on the northern shore of Lake Kivu, next to the Rwandan city of Gisenyi.
Meet Timothee at our Summer Intensive Training Aug 18-22 at our Beaverton headquarters.
It is quite a culture-shock for Timothee to come the USA for the first time. Through his eyes, America is an incredible land of plenty and wealth.
He is a servant of the poor in his country. In the Goma region, led by Timothee, GSM has established programs and activities to support orphans, widows, refugees and victimized women dealing with the traumatic consequences of decades of war and violent rebel groups of soldiers.
Donations for helping people facing extreme difficulties are greatly appreciated. Timothee coordinates the counseling services of many volunteer counselors, sharing compassion with 722 clients in the past six months. The eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, North Kivu, South Kivu and Kisangani, has been a war-torn region from 1996 – until today. This part of the D.R.C is very rich in minerals and that brings fighting over the resources in addition to its proximity to war-torn.
Also, the Samaritan way is shared when Timothee teaches one week a month the GOOD SAMARITAN CONCEPT to some local churches. Timothee and his wife also offer group therapy, one time per week for helping people to share experience and some testimonies. Clementine shares with young girls who are rejected by community, meeting every last Friday of the month. She helps them with sewing school and how they can support themselves in the future.
• Develop land in Mugunga and build a school; Timothee reports: “From October 2014 to December 2015, we need to develop our GSM Land at MUGUNGA place, 18 km from Goma town. The government gave us a good Land of 50m / 50m at a strategic place. We need to build there a simple MAMA BETTIE & PAPA JERRY School. (Referring to Founder Bettie Mitchell and her husband, Jerry.) We lost the first land received because of taking a long time without constructing a building. Congolese Land law says if a big land like 50m/50m isn’t developed then it must be given to another organization or NGO who will be able to build it. Now our efforts and sacrifices must focus on construction of a building for a school.”
- Train local churches on Good Samaritan concept.
- Educate women to sew so they are empowered to be self-supportive.
Director’s Comments: “Thank you for your prayers and support. May God bless you!”
The Good Samaritan work in the Congo was established in 1999. Dr. Bahati Salumnu Mufia-Injili has served as National Director. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a country located in the African Great Lakes region of Central Africa. The country has access to the ocean through a 40-kilometre (25 mi) stretch of Atlantic coastline at Muanda and the roughly 9 km wide mouth of the Congo River which opens into the Gulf of Guinea. It has the second-highest total Christian population in Africa.
Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated. Donations can be designated on this website.