Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is infamously known as one of the poorest, most dysfunctional, and war torn countries in the world. Erick Rukang, Hands at Work Leader in Likasi, DRC, reflects on the region around Goma:

“In Goma you feel like there is water everywhere and you don’t know where to put your feet. But there are stones, spiritual stones, and we try to walk on them. People are trying to step, but they don’t know where to go. It is terrible. By God’s grace we have seen some transformation in the communities we are supporting.

Community leaders there have accepted the Biblical mandate to care for the poor, and Care Workers have been birthed despite poverty that is beyond extreme suffering. They are vulnerable themselves yet they are still trying to support the most vulnerable. People don’t know where their next meal will come from or how they will survive, and yet they lay down their lives for others who are suffering.

Where we are working, we are helping 1% of the people. The challenge is so big. We have started with a model, with a few children, to see how it will go. There are so many challenges because life there is different than in our communities in Likasi.

Community leaders there have accepted the Biblical mandate to care for the poor, and Care Workers have been birthed despite poverty that is beyond extreme suffering. They are vulnerable themselves yet they are still trying to support the most vulnerable. People don’t know where their next meal will come from or how they will survive, and yet they lay down their lives for others who are suffering.

Where we are working, we are helping 1% of the people. The challenge is so big. We have started with a model, with a few children, to see how it will go. There are so many challenges because life there is different than in our communities in Likasi.

Three of the most vulnerable children

Three of the most vulnerable children

In Goma, the poverty is beyond explanation. The people fear the rebels – when they come they take their homes, they attack. They not only fear humans, but nature. There is a volcano in Goma, and there is disease. People are victims in every way here.

Right now, peace is prevailing. We can see it’s a process; things are starting to level out. I feel some hope. We are praying for Goma, our wish is to see it completely transform and be at peace.” 

Please pray with us for continued transformation in Goma during 40 Days of Prayer

Right now, peace is prevailing. We can see it’s a process; things are starting to level out. I feel some hope. We are praying for Goma, our wish is to see it completely transform and be at peace.” 

Please pray with us for continued transformation in Goma during 40 Days of Prayer

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