Posted by: macahajo | May 29, 2017

the death of a parent… in congo

While in the Democratic Republic of Congo, we traveled outside of Gemena, which is a city of 200,000 people, to a smaller village about 15 km away.

There, we helped the GlobalFingerprints team update the information of about 50 sponsored children. We gathered together in a Congolese Evangelical Church and met with each of the children individually, collecting information including how often they’ve recently needed medical care, how often their supervisor visits them, and how we could pray for them.

We confirmed that most of these children have received chickens or ducks from GlobalFingerprints to help feed them and their family. They have also been given supplies needed for school including books, a uniform, and a pair of shoes.

I was blessed to meet some of these children who are sponsored, but my heart goes out to them and the struggles they face, especially how their lives are so impacted by the death of a parent.

One girl asked for prayer as she follows Jesus in her life. She will be baptized in November. She also asked for prayer that her step-mom would treat her kindly. (Her mother died, and she lives with her father and step-mom).

A boy told me that the hardest thing for him is not feeling loved by his family. He asked for prayer for peace in his home. (His mother died, and he lives with his aunt). He asked that God would give him wisdom and knowledge to finish high school. He wants to be a mechanic.

Another girl shared with me that she and her sisters don’t get enough food to eat – but her uncle’s children do. (Both of her parents died, and so she and her siblings live with their uncle). She asked for prayer that God would help her to realize her dreams – she wants to be the director of a school and serve God.

And then there was another boy – His father died, so his mother remarried. When I asked him what the most difficult thing for him is, he told me that his step-father does not love him, and that he sometimes beats him and his mom. The boy said that he must work harder than his step-brothers. He would like to move to a different home with his mom. His story broke my heart.

The hardships that the children are experiencing, that they shared with me, have been communicated to their GlobalFingerprints supervisor – these Congolese Christian leaders have such an important ministry as they each oversee the well-being of up to 50 children. They visit the children monthly or even more often, confirming that they are going to school and that they are receiving medical care when needed. But the supervisors do so much more as they get involved in the children’s lives. One supervisor that I spoke to has taken in three children during his time of service because he discovered them to be in very bad living situations. Other supervisors have also started to care for children in their home when such circumstances arise.

In addition to praying for the children and the requests specifically shared above, please pray for the Congolese GlobalFingerprints supervisors as they lovingly minister to the sponsored children – that the Lord would give the supervisors protection on the rough roads as they travel to visit the children, wisdom and understanding to know how to help the children, and good health to continue in their ministry.

In Christ, Cathy Lynn

**If you would like to sponsor a child in Congo, go here:

* Something to note: No money is given directly to the guardian of the sponsored child. The supervisor gives the funds from the sponsorship directly to the school or to the hospital as needed. GlobalFingerprints doesn’t normally give food to the children, but instead wants to create sustainability. For example, ducks and chickens have been given to the children so that they learn how to take care of the birds, eat the eggs, and even sell the eggs for a little money.

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