Toyota Community, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Ten-year-old Arthur* lost his father four years ago, and then he and his mother were chased from their home when they could no longer afford the rent. Arthur’s mother was forced to seek any available work from her neighbours, often washing other people’s laundry for a small income. However, some days she could not afford to feed her children. To support the family, local Care Workers provide Arthur and his siblings with food, education and basic health care at the Care Point, helping to relieve a burden from their mother.
When the Care Workers from Toyota Community, Democratic Republic of the Congo, met baby Symphony* while they were out doing Holy Home Visits and saw how extremely sick and malnourished she was, they knew that they needed to act immediately to save her life. Immediately, they brought Symphony to the local clinic where she was given the necessary life-saving medication. The Care Workers also brought Symphony and her three siblings to the Care Point, where they would receive a hot and nutritious meal, support with their basic health and the older children would receive support with their education.
Since first coming to the Care Point a year ago, Symphony's health has started to drastically improve. Today she is able to sit and stand on her own and is learning to play with the other children – all things that she was unable to previously unable to do because of her health. Her life is an answer to prayer!
"As Hands at Work, we are committed to being prayerful. It starts with us, but I also love that we teach our children how to pray. This was a beautiful moment a couple of months ago in Toyota Community, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), praying with our kids, thanking God for our day and committing our day into His hands.”
Mel Warren, International Volunteer (Australia), reflects on praying with the children in the DRC.
In early 2017, the local office in the Democratic Republic of Congo felt that it was important the re-engage the churches in Toyota Community with Hands at Work to strengthen the support for the Community Based Organisation (CBO). Erick Rukang, Likasi Local Office Coordinator, DRC, shares:
“When we cast the vision of Hands at Work in Toyota, there were four pastors who came and embraced what we are doing. Since then, they have started supporting the Toyota CBO because they understand the vision. There are church leaders who have started advocating for our children at their schools because they desire to take ownership of their community. We have seen the fruit of God working in a Methodist pastor and his wife who are living near the CBO. They have committed to donating food and providing school books. Some of the church leaders do Holy Home Visits every two weeks. When they do these Holy Home Visits, they have a glimpse into the situations that the children are coming from. Please pray that God would speak to more pastors to step up and serve the most vulnerable.”
150 of the most vulnerable children in Toyota receive a daily meal, access to education and access to basic health care.
For many of the children in Toyota Community, the food that they receive at the Care Point is the only meal that they will receive that day.
The Care Workers are men and women from the local church who have committed themselves to serving the most children in their community.