Other Mission News
November 7th, 2018
Here in North America we take the safe delivery of babies for granted. Blessed with modern facilities, abundant technology, and trained professionals at our disposal, we make well-supported assumptions when it comes to pregnancy.
But if you are a mother-to-be in sub-Saharan Africa, you assume nothing. Over 300,000 women die during childbirth every year – from preventable causes.
Tonu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has a Fellowship connection. In the 1930s, missionaries from congregations in Stratford, ON and Hamilton, ON who would later become Fellowship churches, established a mission station in Tonu that continues to share the Good News of Christ throughout the region to this present day. Part of their early efforts at building a platform for the Gospel was a modest medical clinic that has been providing services to the region, particularly to pregnant Congolese women.
But Tonu’s maternity center is old and desperately outdated. We encourage you to go online and view the video at www.fellowship.ca/laboursrefuge to understand the urgent need behind FAIR’s Fall project, Labour’s Refuge.
FAIR is committed to providing a modern, safe, and adequately-equipped birthing centre in Tonu. Once built, the new clinic will be properly equipped and include a solar panel, incinerator, outdoor kitchen, and washrooms. A team is scheduled to be sent to the D.R. Congo in June 2019 to work alongside the Congolese in carrying out the construction. A project manager is in place and Fellowship International missionaries Richard and Brenda Flemming will serve as liaisons between FAIR and the committee in the Congo tasked with overseeing the project.
FAIR’s goal is to raise $120,000 to fund the construction of the birthing centre. We are always grateful to the Lord for the support of His people and do not take it for granted. Thank you for the support already received for this project. We appreciate that many demands are made on your financial resources. But Labour’s Refuge still has a long way to go before the dream of safe childbirth in Tonu becomes a reality and we need your help.
Would you carefully and prayerfully consider supporting Labour’s Refuge? Christmas is coming. One of the innovative tools you can use to encourage your church families to give during December is by using FAIR’s Advent CalendarExtending Love at Christmas which you can receive firstname.lastname@example.org. Even the youngest children can learn the importance of sharing through this simple plan. What better time to help save a child’s life than when we consider the precious gift of the Christ Child who was born under precarious conditions like those under which many Congolese children are born today.
We thank you.
In His name,