Church Helps the Marginalized Find a Home
“I will not be discriminated against.”
Kalemie, The Democratic Republic of Congo
“Now all my four children will go to school and as a pygmy I will not be discriminated [against]. Thank you for the church for this support to our village. I am studying literacy [through the church] and now I can read and write. I have started reading the Bible in the Church. – Ms Clarise Kaputo
One of the things we love about working with churches around the world is that we get to see Jesus in action! In our broken world, many communities are marginalized, forgotten or disparaged by the world. When the church steps in to offer love and tangible support, it is one of the clearest demonstrations of God’s love for all of us.
Pygmies are a neglected minority in the Kalemie region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Elementary age kids are discriminated against in school. They experience racial stereotyping and social exclusion. Because of this, many drop out of school, leaving them mired in an ongoing cycle of poverty. Pygmies needed a school that would accept them and their parents. The church has built a school that will bring together pygmy and non-pygmy families in an inclusive environment. Meanwhile, the mothers have the opportunity to study literacy in the afternoons.
What a unique role for the church – to reach out to those neglected by the world! As Christ reconciles us to our Father, the local church has the opportunity to demonstrate this same love when it reaches out to those the world has forgotten.
The Bishop of Katanga sent us this video, talking about the reconciliation that is taking place through church programs in his diocese. This reconciliation is bringing more people to Jesus! Hallelujah!
The gospel is what inspires our partners to love their communities selflessly, for which we are grateful.
Prayer for the Second Week of Advent
Lord, we accept Your call to love those that the world sees as least and to bring them into Your kingdom. We pray for the pygmy students who now can study closer to home without fear of discrimination. We pray for Clarise and all of the mothers who are improving their own education. May all of this be used for Your glory in the community.