Democratic Republic of the Congo
Pastor Celestin invites us to visit churches, spend time together with children who live on the street, fellowship with youth, and participate in feeding ministries.
PLNU LoveWorks has a longstanding and close relationship with Pastor Celestin and his wife, Esperance. He is an excellent, dynamic church leader who relates to PLNU students very well. He uses our teams strategically to advance the work of the church in DR Congo. These have been excellent trips thanks to his leadership and wisdom.
DR Congo is among the poorest nations on earth, and yet the local churches are on the move meeting their neighbors’ spiritual and physical needs in the name of Jesus Christ. Churches have established regular feeding ministries to supplement nutrition for children. Celestin invites us to serve in those ministries.
The team’s presence creates energy and directs attention to the local churches that we visit. It shows people that the church is international and interconnected. As we share our stories, we all learn that we have more in common than we thought.
Teams have also provided building materials so congregations can build more permanent church buildings. Last spring semester PLNU’s Lenten Giving Campaign focused on the village of Katwatwa and their need for a primary school. The school is now under construction and the campaign is also funding another church/school building in Lubumbashi.
While there is ongoing political violence in North Kivu Province, Lubumbashi is very stable. The team will visit in the cooler dry season and it can be quite dusty. We need a team that is rather durable and can travel significant distances on under-maintained roads. The team needs to have energy for relational ministry despite significant language and cultural differences.
Trip Dates: May 6 – May 24
rogram fee: $3950
Dates of Previous LoveWorks Trips
to Democratic Republic of Congo:
2010, 2011, 2012 (2008-09 in Goma, DR Congo also with Pastor Celestin)
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