Dear Sponsors, Supporters and Prayer Partners,
Greetings in the Name of the Lord! Fall is upon us and as it is in the US and Canada, so it is in Muanda; back to school, time! I can’t say that it was one of my favorite times and I am sure that some of our kids feel the same way. But there are others who excel at school and really enjoy being there. In Muanda, the important thing is that these orphan kids have the opportunity to go to school in the first place. Thank you so much to you sponsors and supporters for making this happen. As you can see, all of the kids have to wear uniforms. You not only supplied the uniforms, but tennis shoes, backpacks, books, school supplies and school fees. In DRC, all of the children have to pay fees to attend school; even public ones.
When I was in Muanda in July, I was able to spend time with the kids; especially the boys. I was staying at the Mama Ans house where Pastor Nkudulu and his wife, Esther, live and the boys would come down to visit, full of curiosity about the US, Canada and many other things. I was able to show them some maps and answer many other questions using my iPad. I was using a mobile hotspot device that you can purchase there to get on the Internet. The kids were so curious and excited about what they saw, so it got me to thinking how amazing and helpful it would be if they could have access to something like that at school. Unfortunately their public schools are struggling just to have basic classroom for the kids. The schools where our children attend right now do not even have electricity. But we are trying to change that; especially for our kids. The Dutch contingent of Whispering Eagle Ministries is building a three room school on the property and they hope to make it a private school. By that, we mean that the school will be run by a Christian individual who runs other schools for profit. The goal would be, that since we are building the school; we would offer this individual the opportunity to run the school and charge other kids in the surrounding community, but not our kids. Private schools are able to attract better teachers and offer more options. Besides that, the school would be much closer for our kids and present them a better education.
Some of you reading this newsletter will wonder why we do not do this for all of the children in Muanda; but funding is the limiting factor. If there are some of you in education who would have a heart for such a project, we would be more than happy to partner with you.
What a difference a year makes! Here are photos of two of the girls that we got last year; Anna and her sister Nancy. The first photo shows the girls when they first arrived at AE, looking kind of frightened. The second photo shows them this past July, a lot happier.
Once again, thank you everyone for helping make miracles happen. Without you, we don’t know where these kids might be. As you can see, you are making a wonderful difference in their lives, not only physically but spiritually as well. Pastor Nkudulu, our director and pastor, along with his wife, Esther, make sure that the children attend prayer meetings and hear the Word of God several times during the week.
Our goal is to provide for other children as well, so if any of you reading this newsletter would like to partner with us through child sponsorship, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us at 719-510-2622. Please visit our website at wemcongo.org.
Blessings to each and every one of you,
Len De Zeeuw for WEM