Sometimes in Congo it takes a while to be encouraged by anything! However right now I am extremely encouraged by Project Ditekemena (Hope), an outreach to help place children-on-the-streets back into families. The last week of February we held a five day training. Six Christian Monitors were trained who will be the focal point of this outreach. Starting next week, they will go out and identify children whom we will place in a center (safe house) for 3-5 months as the Monitors connect with their families and seek to help them be welcomed into homes. Pastor Manyayi is the leader of this program. He has a real passion for reaching these kids! My role has been to advocate for him, encourage him, and serve as a consultant with some engagement. Receiving a $20,000 grant from Presbyterian Women (PW) last year, this project is finally getting a lift! Pray with us that the program would truly change the lives of the 20 kids we seek to reach. Below are pictures from our week of training, and our time together last Thursday preparing the BICE Center where these children will live while we find them homes.
Pastor Charlotte Keba was the primary trainer, teaching everyday
Pastor Manyayi teaches on spiritual formation of these children;
he emphasizes that they have faith but need someone to lead them