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November Ministry update

Dear Partners of ALERT Ministry,

It is humbling to see what the Lord has been accomplishing in the midst of political unrest and economic instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo. For sure, it should be the result of your prayers and support. On the pictures are teachers preparing the opening of the Bukavu Bible College few days prior to the due date. The initial date was postponed because of some practical and technical issues. However, with a lot of sacrifices, teachers of the College were effectively able to open the school on October 25, 2021, after a long Summer break, while the educational system in Congo is in crisis. For example, on October 26, 21 there was no work in the city of Bukavu because teachers from different primary and secondary schools and the parents were demonstrating on the street. Teachers were reclaiming the increase of salaries while the parents were asking the end of teachers’ strike so that students can go back to school again.

Please, pray that this demonstration may not turn into massive imprisonment and the loss of lives.

Yours in the Lord,

Kisongo Mbeleulu, Executive Director of ALERT

And Head Master of the College.

Teachers training seminar 

Teaching in Bukavu via Zoom

Dear Friends,

        I have a real pleasure to thank God and my partners in ALERT ministry for making live the connection with my people in Congo. 

        I was supposed to travel to Congo for teaching at Bukavu Bible College and conducting seminars in churches. Unfortunately, the Corona pandemic and traveling restrictions stopped our project after many attempts.  However,  I am now supporting teachers and event teaching a class  "The Intertestamental Period" through Zoom. Each time we met with the students, it was joyful moment though physical presence in a classroom still more much appreciated.

        I am praying to God to provide financial support in order to continue with Zoom as I have to pay $20 to buy data each time I have a class with the students. This academic year (2021 – 22),  I am projecting to have 2 more teachers on Zoom as long as the traveling conditions will remain the same. Pray for this need and contact us for more information if needed.

                                           Kisongo Mbeleulu

Bukavu Bible School Update - Aug. 2021

Dear Friends and partners in the Ministry,

         It is my pleasure to touch base again with you to update information concerning the Bukavu Bible College. The school has closed since July 20, 21. Students are on the Summer break and will come back on October 20th. The academic year 2020-21 was full of challenges as we keep reorganizing the school (administration and program) after it has been many years without functioning because of the loss of much of its assets and the insecurity during the war. 

         However, by his grace, the Lord made us go through successfully. With difficulties and very limited financial possibilities, It is amazing to see how people are thirsting to study the Word of God. Is not this confirming what one said that you see the stars when the sky is dark ?

While we are looking for local means to sustain the school, we are asking financial support for our students and kind gifts for teachers who are benevolent. Only $150 per year will contribute to support a student. That is an opportunity to invest in the Kingdom of God where mold and ants do not reach out to destroy treasures.

         Needless to remind that the Democratic Republic of Congo is slowly coming out of wars and political instability. Hopefully the recent signaled presence of American troops on the ground will improve much more the situation in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu with an expected great domino effect in South Kivu province and the rest of the country.

Bukavu Bible School

December 2020

I'm Honored To Serve

I am honored to be asked and humbled to take on the task of accepting the new role of the Acting Principal of Bukavu Bible College in eastern Congo, South Kivu Province. I am trusting the Lord and leaning on his strength for this new leadership role. I have often been reminded of this verse in the last several months. “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also” (2Tim. 2:2).

Bukavu Bible College opened its doors November 20, 2020 after ten years of inactivity due to a long period of war, loss of its infrastructure, and contagious diseases (Ebola, Covid). Thank God that the School has newly renovated classrooms and dormitory and is able to open its doors to students desiring to serve the church in Congo. Please pray for these teachers and students as they need our prayers and encouragement. I am thankful to God for providing each one of these dedicated teachers and students who has accepted to live sacrificially as they serve. 

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April 2014 - Paul's newsletter, trip to Congo

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (3)

"Moving ahead by faith

 

 

Some of the challenges"

 

•"My colleague Kisongo Mbeleulu and I had several delays in obtaining our visas. They are (were) still not in yet.." Our flight was delayed and that gave us time to get the visas delivered! It's along story but I have "un-friended" UPS and am indebted to Kathy for making a mad dash to pick up visas sent to the wrong distribution center while I was negotiating flight plans with the airlines.

•UPDATE: Kisongo and I had a valuable time with our hosts who were made up of the 100+ leaders in two communities. We shared some principles of leadership and community development with them as they struggle to shake off the weariness that comes from years of civil strife and living under the occupation of the UN peacekeepers.

•Since coming home a few weeks ago now, I have had few times when it has been so good to get back. While the poverty is among some of the worst I have seen anywhere, a greater concern is the sense of "weariness" in people which seems to breed negativity and lack of trust. We know there is hope, but it it requires a great deal of encouragement. I'm glad to be among people who encourage me...like YOU!

•AFTER NEARLY 20 YEARS I went to Rwanda again; but this time it was briefly in transit. (last time it was on the heels of the Genocide involving Hutus and Tutsis ) Rwanda now stands in pretty stark contrast to its neighbor, the DRC. The genocide of 1994 brought a lot of "guilt offerings" to Rwanda from countries who felt badly about not intervening during the tragic events. Rwanda is doing well...after the fact. What I saw between the two countries however, makes me certain that it is less costly in terms of human lives, political stability, and finances to do wholistic and transforming Christian discipleship and wise, empowering community development and prevent genocide than to suffer through it and what can follow. So I have to ask the question "Will it take Genocide again, to get our attention and do what is right to help people?" Like you, I hope not, but there is a lot of work to do to strengthen a church to lead in such a way and for us to think preventive-ly about compassion in ways that empower people. This is what motivates Kisongo and me and others to do what we did and do it again...

 

Coming up...

•In less than two weeks I am will be heading west to do some training to challenge and motivate people in the generational transfer or succession of knowledge, faith, and skills. Why pass on what we know? Why not keep it, and the privilege that goes with our status? What characteristics do we hope to pass on to the next generations of believers? How do we build a culture where succession is not an afterthought or threat.

•I will get a chance to visit Cambodia as well and see what has transpired there since I last visited 3 years ago. I am anxious to see how they have passed on what they have learned and how it has empowered people which has enabled the ministry to move to start again in a new location...

•Kathy will be joining me for part of this trip to help in the presentations and to encourage people we began a journey with over 20 years ago...and are still walking with.

 

Swahili Letter from Trudi and Kris

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (2)

Wamama wapenzi katika Hospitali ya Panzi,

Mwisho wa mwezi wa pili, sisi (Trudi Whitson na Kris Engel toka Minnesota, USA), tuliwatembelea kwa muda mfupi wakati tulipokuwa hapo Bukavu. Trudi aliwasalimu katika maneno machache na mchungaji Malanda akawaombea na mlitupokea katika furaha. Tunasikitika kwamba hapakuwepo na mda wa kutosha kwa kujuana kabisa nanyi.

Tunajuwa kwamba wengi wenu wapo hapo hospitali kwa sababu ya shida ya miili na mateso mliohipitia hata kimawazo pia (traumatisme). Tunapenda mjuwe namna gani nasi tunasikia maumivu yenu ndani ya mioyo yetu na kuuguwa pamoja nanyi. Kwa kuwaona tuliguswa sana na inakuwa vigumu kwetu kuwasahau. Zaidi ya yote, tunapenda kuwatiya moyo kupitia kweli kwamba Mungu Baba yenu hajawasahau kamwe. Tulipoomba nanyi siku ile, tulisikia kwamba Mungu anawachukuwa kabisa moyoni mwake na yuko upande wenu akipenda kuponya kila moja ya vidonda vyenu kiroho na hata kimwili pia.

Ingawaje tunapatikana mbali nayi upande mwingine wa bahari kuu, tunapenda kuwajulisha kwamba hatutawasahau na tutaendelea kuwaombea. Tumeeleza hata watu wengine habari ya tabu zenu na wanawaombea pia. Msikie upendo wetu toka huku. Tulipenda tuwaandikie mistari hii kwa kusudi la kuwatia moyo toka neno la Mungu kwamba ingawaje tunapita katika shida nyingi maishani, neno moja ni dhairi kwamba upendo wa Mungu kwetu unadumu.

Katika upendo wa Yesu,

Trudi na Kris

 

July 2013 Newsletter - Up coming trip to Congo

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Partner in the Ministry,

Peace and Grace to you. This summer has been full of activities in many ways. At ALERT, we are excited to return to Congo on August 8th, 2013. We are going back to plant new seeds and to water the seeds of development, transformation and God’s grace that we have already planted. We are confident that we will see many sprouts of His abundant life and we will share our good news when we retune to you. (1Corinthians. 3:6).

Please join us in prayer for these jobs we hope to do while we are there…

1. Training church leaders in Christ-based Servant Leadership, Community Development, Biblical Peacemaking Principles and Practice, and Church Administration.

2. Mercy ministry: working with women in Sewing project and crafting skills to help them create a source of income for financial independence.

Our Goals of the trip

a. Train church leaders in creating Vision and Mission Statements for their respective local churches, who are in the process of achieving great things for the glory of God and the joy of all the people.

b. Make church leaders adopt and apply Servant Leadership. The success of the church in a nation depends largely on its leadership style.

c. Raise the awareness of local churches’ responsibilities in their community of a nation under construction and to help them take the ownership of their development and destiny.

d. Enable church leaders to cope with conflicts in a biblical perspective within and outside the church, and transforming conflicts into opportunities for a better future.

e. Recreate hope to the impoverished, rejected and desperate women through the Word of God and provide opportunity to help them build skills which will enable them to make a living and take care of their children in Bukavu, Congo.

Dates For Our Trip

Departure: August 8th, 2013. Return: August 22nd, 2013.

We thank God for the provision that has come in for the trip. However, we still lack $1600 on the budget. Please, would you consider giving a one-time tax deductible gift for the trip? Thank you for sending your appreciated check for ALERT to Global Horizon Inc. P.O. Box 120494 St. Paul, MN 55112. Or, you may donate online at ALERT’s webpage at www.globalhz.org.

 

With Much Thanksgiving,

Kisongo Mbeleulu,

Executive Director of ALERT

 

Alert- Spring 2013

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