I’ve gotten emails that some of you have read of new fighting in Goma. Yes, there was heavy fighting here on Sunday just before we came. I talked to our host before we left for the border and he said the fighting was outside the city and it was still safe to come. So we came. God watched over us at the border and we had no trouble with the guards and nothing was taken and no bribes were asked for. God is good.
We are in a secure compound in the center of Goma and have not even heard any of the fighting. It is about 10 or 12 miles away. I believe the recent fighting has stopped. They killed a high ranking rebel leader and we drove by the hospital where his body was on display.
Keep praying for us. We know God called us to be here. Over and over the people thank us for loving them enough to come into the “red zone” to minister to them. They have been incredibly responsive and God is moving in a big way. Celestia and Nora taught today on the love of God and the women were on the edge of their seats. Celestia had them all come up at the end and prayed for them. The women were all over Celestia and Nora hugging them and thanking them. In Nora’s talk she said she loved the Congolese people very much and our translator added in Swahili “and we love her very much” then one of the women came up in the middle of the talk and embraced Nora. They feel so loved that we would come. They will use this training and written resources all over the country. The. Conference is going so well.
Tomorrow we will be ministering to about 300 prostituted women. We’ve also been invited to Heal Africa next week where I’ll be preaching to the patients at their morning chapel. I’m also preaching twice Sunday morning on the supremacy of Christ from Col 1:15-20. They said that would be a great text but they want me do a Q and A time afterwards. No doubt they want to know how, if Jesus is lord, Congo continues to experience so much evil and suffering. Pray I will have God’s wisdom and power to give biblical hope to these wonderful brothers and sisters.
Stephen and Annie arrived safely today. He will be photographing our conferences. On Sunday we will also be going to the Heal Africa village for women who have been so physically damaged by torture rapes that they are incontinent and need surgery. Pray we can encourage them in Christ.
We have such joy being here doing this work. Thanks for your prayers.