Posted by: macahajo | May 31, 2017

Elikya means hope

In 2005, the Congolese Evangelical Church, in partnership with ReachGlobal, began the Elikya Center. Elikya means hope in Lingala, the language spoken by many people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and at the Elikya Center, older orphans and widows can receive hope. They hear the Gospel and have opportunities to grow in their relationship with the Lord. They also learn a trade so that they can provide a better income for themselves.

Rachel Bahlia, the GlobalFingerprints Congo Country Coordinator said, “Our joy is that every year, more than half of the students decide to follow Jesus and are baptized. Yes, we offer hope here on earth, but more importantly, eternal hope through Jesus Christ.”

The Elikya Center sits on just under 200 acres of beautiful land where the students live, learn, study, and grow. There is a Tilapia fish pond, cows, rabbits, and gardens. Students can study agriculture and get hands on experience. There are 20 acres of Palm trees (used to produce soap), and the students can learn how to make soap in the soap factory on the property. Students can also study mechanics; they can learn how to construct hospital beds, wheelbarrows, and hand-driven trikes for the disabled, all in the Elikya Center garage. There are other trade options available, such as masonry, hair styling, sewing, and construction. Literacy classes are offered for all students who cannot read or write.

In 2013, the Elikya Center started to be used specifically for orphans in the GlobalFingerprints sponsorship program who may not be able to finish school and would benefit from learning a trade. There are currently 34 GlobalFingerprints orphans and 7 widows (also sponsored, but not through GlobalFingerprints) at the Elikya Center. I had the privilege of meeting one of these orphans. His name is Bwazu, and our home church, Elgin Evangelical Free Church, has been sponsoring him for over five years.    Bwazu wants to get a good job so he can help his brothers and sisters in his village. Currently, he is taking literacy classes to help him improve his reading and writing, in anticipation for job training next year. Jesus is Bwazu’s Lord and Savior. He is happy when he gets to pray with his friends.

Please join me in praying for Bwazu, and other orphaned youth at the Elikya Center – that they would come to know Christ as their Savior and grow closer to their heavenly Father who will never leave them, and that they would learn skills that will help them for the rest of their lives.

In Christ, Cathy Lynn

*** Even though ELIKYA kids are from the GlobalFingerprints program and remain sponsored while at ELIKYA, around 20% of them have lost their sponsors. So, if you would like to help one of them through their ELIKYA stay, send an email to: Rachel Balia at globalfingerprints@efca.org and ask about a GF ELIKYA child.


Responses

  1. Beautiful Cathy!! I love reading this and seeing you on site with Rachel at the Elikya Center!!
    Debbie

    From: African Sand In Our Shoes
    Reply-To: African Sand In Our Shoes
    Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 1:51 PM
    To: Debbie Wardle
    Subject: [New post] Elikya means hope

    macahajo posted: “In 2005, the Congolese Evangelical Church, in partnership with ReachGlobal, began the Elikya Center. Elikya means hope in Lingala, the language spoken by many people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and at the Elikya Center, older orphans and widows c”

    • Thanks Debbie! Yes, Carol Anderson captured a special moment when I got to meet Bwazu!


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