Lusungu, who is the General Superintendent of EFC-Congo, has been passing on news to EFM about a new humanitarian crisis in a part of DR Congo where we have Evangelical Friends Churches, and many members. David Thomas, who served with his family as missionaries in Rwanda for many years, and who now serves with EFM as a Whole-Life Discipleship Mentor, has been in close contact with Lusungu over recent months, because EFM has an exciting, developing Discipling for Development group in Uvira, Congo in which David is involved. David is not only advocating for prayer and support to our Friends in Congo, but also helping EFM with news from them during this time.
Lusungu has reported that since the beginning of June, in the Haute (high) Plateau of Fizi, Uvira and Mwenga, there is fighting between groups of rebels and the Congolese government army. Most people from the area have been displaced to the Moyen (middle) Plateau in Mutambala and Rutabura. All of EFC-Congo’s Kivumu Friends Church and almost all of those among Mi’enge Area Friends Churches are among the victims and displaced people. Many have lost family members as well as almost all of their possessions and are now living in poor conditions. The pictures below are of some of the makeshift shelters in the Tubuki camp.
Lusungu said, “Early in the morning on July 16, Kipupu village, which is the leading village of Itombwe sector, was attacked and burned by rebels. In the Moyen (middle) Plateau, there are now 72 Evangelical Friends Church families, with 112 women, 95 men, and 375 children, for a total of 577 people among thousands of displaced people. In our local church we are collecting some things to assist them, but the needs are great and we need others to come alongside us to help us at this time. The people need the basics of food, clothes, medicine, books (Bibles), shelter and so on. It is very sad to hear about and see the conditions that people, including our church members, are living in. Please let others know about our situation and continue to pray for peace in DRC in general and in the Haute Plateau in particular.”
Please join Evangelical Friends around the world as we pray for peace in this area. Also, please pray for the people who are suffering, including many Friends Church members.
EFM is sending financial aid to EFC- Congo immediately to help with urgent needs. We are in contact with Lusungu to learn more about how we can partner with EFC-Congo to provide further aid to both Friends Church members and people in the communities, and EFM will be sending further aid in coming days and weeks. If the Lord leads you to help financially, please see the giving options below. We were very thankful for the generosity of many of you who helped provide funds to the Congo flood emergency relief funds earlier this year, and we were pleased with the excellent stewardship, sacrificial work, and leadership that EFC-Congo leaders provided. They were able to guide your donations through EFM to not only help with urgent food, clothes and hospitality needs of flood victims, but in the rehab stage of flood recovery, we together were able to help 10 Congolese families in the community who lost their homes to the floods rebuild in a different location!
- Give online here. Please make sure to note that you would like your gift designated to Congo Rebel Attack Relief.
- Give by credit card over the phone at 303-421-8100.
- Mailing a check marked with Congo Rebel Attack Relief designation to EFM, PO Box 771139, Wichita KS 67277.