Blessings in the Name of the Lord! It has been a little while since we have had the last newsletter but things are still progressing at Abri De L’Esperance (AE) in Muanda. For those of you who are new to reading a WEM Newsletter, AE is our NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) that was founded in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to carry out the work of reaching out to and providing for orphaned children there. Abri De L’Esperance is French meaning ‘Hiding place of Hope.’ As of this writing, we have 24 children in the family homes.
Last year, the Dutch WEM group began the building of a three room school and the modification of one of our other buildings to make a bakery and an office. We in the US were in the process of building one of the farmer houses, but things came to a standstill when banking regulations changed regarding sending money to foreign banks from Europe and from the US. The original bank that we were using was bought out by a Nigerian bank and that caused a change in the SWIFT code, necessary for sending money overseas. To make a long and challenging story short, we had problems getting money to AE. But good news, we have that problem solved and now things are starting to get going again.
Yesterday, Julie, one of our board members left for DRC to work with the children and to have an outreach to them. On Sunday, six others of us will leave for DRC; four from Project Cure, a medical Foundation that has graciously partnered with us and then Chris, my wife, and I. On a side note, please know that each of us raises our own money for travel and expenses; none is ever taken from the WEM accounts to pay for us. Three of the people from Project Cure; two of them nurses, are certified HBB (Helping Babies Breathe) Trainers. In Africa many babies die at birth and this training and equipment, can save many of them. Our nurses will train local nurses and midwives at the MPH clinic in Muanda. Then too we will conduct medical clinics for our children in the family homes and also for another orphanage that is further away in another town. On top of that; six of us will conduct health and hygiene classes for not only our own kids but also for the kids in the surrounding community. It will be a busy time; but well worth it.
On July 25th, 15 people from the Dutch WEM group will come to Muanda. They will have a sort of vacation bible school for the kids in the surrounding community and also continue building the school. It is wonderful to see how many young people from Holland are involved.
One of our desires is to develop the 50 acres of land that we have across the river for agriculture. I had a meeting with an agricultural specialist who works with EMI (Engineering Ministries International) and he has given me some homework to do while I am there in Muanda. Because we have access to water, the potential for our land is pretty awesome. That way, the project could be more self-sufficient.
We will talk to Doctor Tony, the local doctor, to see what he thinks would be needed in the way of a building for a new clinic on our property. We already have the majority of the money needed to build it; but it too got put on hold with the banking problem that was mentioned earlier.
Exciting possibilities to make AE an awesome place to live for these kids! Please keep the upcoming trips in your prayers and thoughts. Thank you so much for your support and for your love for these children. That in itself is such a blessing. May we glorify the Lord by what we do.
Len for WEM