Our September trip to the Congo had 3 objectives:
- Help teach at the Fourth Annual Congo Bible Camp in Goma
- Visit the CMD school in Likasi
- Visit the CMD school in Uvira
The 4th Annual Congo Bible Camp of 2011 was held in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. The theme was “The Whole Armor of God” – an excellent passage for spring-boarding into all manner of essentials for the Christian Faith. Sheryl taught on the Breastplate of Righteousness and the Sword of Truth; Kathy taught on the Shield of Faith and the Belt of Truth, and I taught on the Helmet of Salvation and the Shoes Ready with the Gospel of Peace. Tom taught basic doctrine, and Renee helped with logistics and interpretation. We are grateful for the artwork of Travis Bennett. He drew a large poster that was an excellent visual aid for describing the significance of the spiritual warfare Paul writes about in Ephesians 6.Last year, we saw a few people with a ravenous appetite for deeper teaching, so during the craft time this year, I held a special Evangelists Workshop for interested attendees. We were told to expect about 50 people for the camp, with 15 of them interested in the Evangelist class. We were pleasantly surprised to find at least 60 attending the camp, with 19 of them in the Evangelist class.
After the conference, the plan was for Sheryl, Renee, Tom and Kathy headed to Bukavu while I would fly to Lubumbashi to visit our school in Likasi (a 2 hr drive north of Lubumbashi) for a few days. I would return to Bukavu, and Sheryl and I would take a bus to Uvira to visit our school there, then we would return back to the States. Well.. the plan looked good on paper. However, Africa tends to have a mind of its own, and things don’t always go as planned.
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