What are the most pressing needs for North Katanga?
Everything! Currently, sponsorship for the orphanage and its external
feeding program, farming and cattle breeding, well digging, and church
and parsonage construction are at the top of our list.
Is it safe
Right now, thanks in part to the major peace negotiation between rival
factions moderated by Bishop Ntambo last fall, things in Congo are
calm. Random violence is not common. However, large parts of our
conference still are not accessible even to the bishop because of the
political situation/government imposed travel restrictions. Elections
are scheduled for this year. We pray they go well.
Can I come
visit and/or volunteer?
We love visitors, but DR Congo’s political situation and transportation
logistics pose a challenge—especially for groups of more than three
(our plane is tiny). Much of North Katanga requires special clearances
to enter. But, for flexible and adventuresome spirits, we say drop us a
line and we’ll discuss the possibilities.
Umm…I hate to
We have a guest house in Kamina, which has electricity and flushing
toilets. If you like beans, rice, cooked cabbage and fried plantains,
and are willing to try other things, you’ll be fine. There are even
Internet connections and cell phones you can use to contact home.
However, such luxuries are not common in this region.