DRC church continues despite building loss
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Kafubu, Democratic Republic of Congo
A Nazarene church building in Kafubu, Democratic Republic of Congo, was destroyed last November during the first rains of the rainy season. Since then, the Bonne Samaritan Church of the Nazarene congregation has been meeting under a large mango tree.

"Despite their setback, this church has remained faithful and continued on as the church, without a building," said Nazarene missionary Jill Fothergill.

Church members have acquired a large piece of property that they are using as a farm.

"They are growing cabbage, corn, tomatoes, zucchini, and a few green leafy vegetables eaten by many in Congo," Fothergill said. "This is great for the village, not only in supplying food for themselves, but also to sell and use as income.

The church also began a literacy program for women. Many women have not had the opportunity to go to school, which students must pay to attend.

"The ladies in the church were very excited to show what they had been learning," Fothergill said. "Using the chalkboard, each woman took a turn writing a new word she had learned to write, as well as her name. It's beautiful to see their confidence and excitement."

The church also runs a food program for children.

"God is so good," Fothergill said. "They have begun to build a new church with their own means and hope to begin building a school soon, giving every child the opportunity to be educated. Bonne Samaritan Church of the Nazarene in Kafubu is carrying out the mission of the church."
--Church of the Nazarene Africa Region via Out of Africa
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