Dear Sponsors, Prayer Partners and Supporters,
Greetings in the Name of the Lord! Once again, thank you for your encouragement and support. Without you, what is happening in Muanda would not be taking place. Twenty-one orphaned children would probably not be taken care of in loving family homes. They might not be attending school, might be going hungry every day, might be sick and without access to medical attention, might be wearing rags for clothes, might be hanging out on the streets at the mercy of those who would take advantage of them and might not hear about the love and mercy that Jesus has for them. In other words, they might be left without any hope. When they lost their parents, they were essentially alone in this world, at least as far as their welfare is concerned. True, some of them might have had a grandparent or another relative somewhere, but usually those relatives are struggling themselves and can’t afford to take in other children. These things are stated in a negative way, because actually the opposite is happening. These precious children are going to school, they are being fed; if sick, they have access to medical attention, they have good clothes, including school uniforms, they are not on the streets, but protected in their homes with caring parents and they are hearing about the love of Christ through pastor Nkudulu, the director of AE and his wife, Esther. They are experiencing the love of Christ through the love that you are showing them by your support. Again, thank you so much for your devotion and prayers.
It would be awesome to help more children in this way but the limiting factor is provision. The Dutch are getting together money to do further construction on more family homes, but sponsors are needed to help support the children once they are in the homes. If you would like to sponsor or co-sponsor a child, or know of someone who would like to reach out to a struggling child in Africa, please contact Whispering Eagle Ministries at [email protected] or 719-510-2622. The cost to co-sponsor a child is $1.17 a day or $35 monthly. 95% of your support goes directly to the welfare of the kids. 5% goes to the New Horizons Foundation to administer the financial end here in the US. All other costs like the construction of the buildings, travel costs for team members; etc., are handled through separate accounts. All of the members working in the US are volunteers and unpaid.
What does AE stand for? ‘Abri De L’Esperance’ which means ‘Hiding Place of Hope.’
Abri De L’Esperance (AE) is the name of our NGO (Non-Government Organization) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. AE is a registered foundation in Congo much like Whispering Eagle Ministries (WEM) is a registered foundation in the State of Colorado. AE has its own board and Pastor Samuel Nkudulu is the director. It is imperative that the local people in Muanda take ownership of the project and not see it as some kind of extension of some people in the United States or Holland. Whispering Eagle Ministries assists, works with, offers guidance to, prays for, helps in any way to make AE succeed in its endeavor to minister to and care for the orphan children in Muanda. AE and WEM are made up of Christian members like you who have the same goal; to serve the Lord by serving others in a loving and practical way. A further goal of AE and WEM, as Christian organizations, is to reach out to the surrounding community. A school is being built that will not only be for the children of AE, but for the general populace as well. Plans are in the works for a clinic to be built that will reach out to others in the area. Please check out the website at www.wemcongo.org for further information.
Once again, building the farmer houses on the second piece of land across the river has commenced. It had previously been put on hold because, due to medical reasons, the person supervising the construction could not do it anymore. Brother James, one of the younger guys working for AE in Muanda, has taken on the role of construction supervisor as well as doing his other duties. There are plans for two farmer houses, one on each end of the 50 acres that will be used for agricultural purposes. The houses will be occupied by couples who will farm, supervise and oversee the agricultural project near their respective houses. By growing crops, not only will they feed the children, but also by selling them in the market place they will be able to raise funds for other needs of AE. To make AE more self-sufficient would be awesome. If any of you has any agricultural experience or would like to do that sort of thing and would like to travel with a team leaving from the US in August, please contact Len De Zeeuw at [email protected] or 719-510-2622. We would love to have you join the team.
Money has been donated to build a basic clinic which is wonderful; of course. A medical foundation called Project C.U.R.E. has partnered with WEM for the past two years conducting medical outreaches to the city of Muanda and to children at two of the orphanages. Through their generosity and eagerness to assist others in need, they have offered to ship about $500,000 worth of medical equipment and supplies to Muanda once the clinic has been built. The obligation of WEM and AE is to pay for the shipping; expected to be around $20,000 for a forty-foot container and for a needs assessor to visit Muanda before shipping which will cost about $4,000. What a fantastic investment in the future of those who desperately need it; $24,000 to get $500,000 worth of medical equipment to Muanda! The clinic will be set up so that it will self-sustaining. Please pray about this opportunity to invest in the lives of others so needy. Donations can be easily given on the website, wemcongo.org.
Besides the clinic, there is a need for another building that would house those patients who would have to stay at the clinic for some days for recovery. For a good sized building, the cost would be around $30,000.
Upcoming Trips to Muanda
A Dutch contingency will be traveling to Muanda leaving on April the 23rd until early May. A group from the US and a lady from Holland will visit Muanda leaving the US on August the 10th until August the 30th. Another US lady will join the August group in Kinshasa as she will be travelling from Uganda. The team members are really looking forward to being with the children and reaching out to the community as well. Through another organization in Colorado, WEM has discovered a great source of water filters that will be very effective in purifying water in Muanda. This past year AE has been struggling with water issues. Last year, two manual water pumps were installed on two wells that had been dug earlier. Unfortunately, something happened that made the wells unusable. So water was obtained from a source in the city but for whatever reason, some of it was apparently contaminated. The new water filters will take care of any contaminants, impurities and bacteria that might be in the water. Clean water means good health!
Both the Dutch and US teams are looking into ways that one or two deeper wells can be drilled; that would be more reliable and produce cleaner water. Exciting possibilities! If water expertise is your forte and you would like to get involved, please email WEM at [email protected] If you would like to get involved financially for fresh water, a professionally drilled well would cost about $15,000.
Once again, thank you everyone for your support and prayers. Without you, none of this would be possible.
Len De Zeeuw for WEM