Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends
Steve here… Imagine living in a ghetto with 60,000 other people where the bare necessities of life do not exist.
Camp Luka in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is such a place. Eighteen months ago my wife and I visited an area in this region called Cosbaki, with 3,000 people and one open toilet for everyone to use. The needs are staggering.
Fellowship International missionaries Richard and Brenda Flemming have been working with a pastor and Christian Foundation (FONDAK) to develop humanitarian relief programs in Camp Luka for the past few years. FAIR has supported an educational program for a group of orphans providing them with love, life-skills’ training, Bible study, French language training and fees to go to school. FAIR funds have also supported young men and adolescent mothers (many who turn to prostitution to survive) with training in order to support themselves through a trade. Young men have begun a brick-manufacturing business and young women have become professional dressmakers. A church has also been planted in the middle of this large ghetto.
Redeeming a Community
Our Fellowship of churches has an opportunity to be involved in a significant FAIR project in Camp Luka over the next few months (May – August 2015). In partnership with the Christian Foundation, FONDAK, we have an opportunity to raise funds to build a “Ministry Center for Transformation” in Camp Luka. Take a moment to watch the following brief video to learn the details.
This center would bring together the many activities and ministries already occurring in Camp Luka and provide a visible presence in this needy community.
The goal for this project is $40,000, which would provide funds for a plot of land and go towards constructing a building. This “Center of Transformation” would promote change from within for the community, ministering to vulnerable people as well as providing training for the approximately 400 identified pastors and church leaders living in Camp Luka.
While visiting Camp Luka, one of the orphans who benefited from FAIR fundingin recent years gave me a gift — a “thank-you” for the Fellowship’s commitment to him and his friends who are receiving an education, medical attention, spiritual encouragement and love. He spent the week prior to my arrival hammering and cutting a tin can to make a simple one-burner stove. You see pots boiling on these mini stoves throughout Camp Luka. I have rarely received so generous a gift. This stove is a prized possession that sits in a special place in my office.
Please consider giving generously as FAIR raises funds for this project between May and August of this year. Thank you for giving.
Have a blessed week,
Our 2015 Fellowship theme verse is:
“"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10 (NLT)