Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Mulungwishi update

We want to ask your forgiveness for being so delinquent in getting information to you about what is happening at Mulungwishi. We will explain more but first we need to tell you how much we appreciate and count on your prayers and support. Your faithfulness through the years has meant so much to us. During these past months we have really needed your prayers. So let us bring you up to date.

Deaths from measles

When we returned to Mulungwishi in March of 2011, we found the area in the midst of a measles epidemic. Even children that had been vaccinated were affected. Many died mainly because they were so malnourished. Our medical team along with Lori‘s nutritional team worked very hard to treat and revaccinate the children. Doctors Without Borders and World Vision came with extra food that was given to the people. Over the course of five months we were able to work with over 1000 families in the Mulungwishi area. Just as we left in September, our station received a large supply of mosquito nets from the “Nothing But Nets” program and a team is now working to hand those out to the community. Yea!


As always, Mulungwishi and the ministry there continues to work through the different educational programs and we celebrated several graduations. About 70 finished in the High School program and took National Exams. Because of your support, 18 pastors and their wives graduated this year and are now going out to their churches in the southern province of Katanga in Congo. As we have said many times before, we never know with the political and economic situation whether we will get to graduation or not? It is always a miracle! The Lord is faithful and you have been a part of that!

Family visit, safari

Along with graduation at the end of June, we were thrilled to have Lori’s cousin, Danita, and her husband, David, come out to visit us. They are the first members of our families to visit Mulungwishi. For years, Danita has wanted to come to Africa and see what Uncle Woodie was doing. It was a great celebration at Mulungwishi because the niece of the founder of the Seminary had come for a visit. The local chief was also happy with their visit because his family had been involved with Lori’s parents. Having them there for graduation was very special. Danita worked on sewing projects with the graduates. David and Danita gave out the diplomas to the 18 graduating pastor and their wives. After graduation, David and Danita treated us to a safari to see animals and Victoria Falls. It was so much fun and a blessing! We looked upon it as our "honeymoon" celebration for our 40th anniversary this August!

VIM teams

Mulungwishi was also happy to host two VIM Teams from the El Paso area and the North West Texas Conference. As usual, these Teams were able to minister and bring their talents and gifts to the community. They were blessed and awed by the Church in Congo and the vitality they experienced. The NW Texas Team was able to participate in the University graduation of over 150 students in IT, education and SISCO Systems. A great celebration!

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  1. Hi you don't know me but my name is Maggie, I am 14 and a freshman in high school. I really feel like God is calling me to go to the Congo and I know it sounds really crazy but I just NEED to do something, last year a missionary from our church named jeremiah Johnson went to mozambique and was killed in an accident..ever since then I have had this growing feeling that I need to go and not sit around waiting for something to happen...I guess the reason for me posting this is I need your advice on what to do, and what it exactly is that you do there, and if you know of any ways I can do something.
    Sincerely yours, Maggie Lord

  2. Thank you for sharing on our blog. We are glad the Lord is speaking to you about being a missionary. We are sorry for the loss of your friend. The pain is very real and we share that with you.

    Maggie, the Lord also spoke to me about being a missionary. It was about 13 years before that became a reality. I still needed to go to school, get other training and some experience before that could all come together. After all, you wouldn't be a good missionary unless you had something to offer. So my advice would be is to concentrate on your school work, be involved in your church and read up on what is happening in the area you are interested. If possible make a mission trip though your church. That would help you see if that is really what the Lord is calling you to do. Stay focussed on God. He is more interested in you that you are of yourself and he will guide you in what you need to do.

    In Christ,
    David and Lori

  3. Dear David and Lori, thanks for responding to my note. I guess I can see what you mean about having to get training and schooling done first and I thank you for your advice, I just felt that I need to say the last two sentences you wrote have given me a lot of comfort. I have been going through so much and lately I have felt confused and lost...your words have help me a lot and I just thought Id let you know you are helping people here too, not just in the Congo:) I will keep you in my prayers and thanks once again for the advice.
    Yours sincerely, Maggie Lord