“When Jesus said whoever welcomes this little child welcomes me, he was specifically referring to a child being at the lowest level of social order in Biblical times; unseen, unheard, and always the first one to suffer. Today, this is still very much the truth in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. Where Hands at Work is working in the communities of Buhimba and Luhonga, one of the biggest delights in my life is watching these little children come to the Care Point where it seems like the moment they walk through the entrance, a burden falls of their shoulders. They are free, welcomed, can rest and are known. For the short time that they are at the Care Point, they feel valued, loved and cared for. Maybe because it’s so dark and tough for our children in Goma that the strong contrast of the love and acceptance at the Care Point stands out like a tower above everything else.”
- George Snyman, co-founder of Hands at Work reflects on one of his joys of being in Goma.
The community of Luhonga is a rural village approximately two hours outside Goma in mineral-rich Masisi territory in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Luhonga is, in essence, an informal refugee camp. Hands at Work is caring for 70 children in the village of Luhonga, though there are still many children in this area who are in desperate need of support.
Please pray: When people get sick with illnesses like Malaria it is difficult to have access to a clinic as the nearest clinic is about a two hour walk away and the road is difficult to walk and unsafe. Pray for medical treatment to become available. Thankfully, Joseph, one of our teachers in the school, has a bicycle and when our children are sick and in need of medical attention he cycles our children to the clinic. Pray for the safety of Joseph and the children as he cycles them to the clinic. Pray that our children will receive the medical care that they so desperately need.