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February 3, 2016

Congo travel-study seminar - Reflection 4

From our partners in World Mission who are sponsoring a travel study seminar to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to look at issues related to conflict and sexual violence, the group has divided into three smaller groups:

The days leading up to our dispatched travels as three small groups this weekend, showed us how necessary it is to have several back-up plans. But when even those fail, we are reminded of our reliance on God-given resourcefulness and grace.

The purpose of splitting into small groups and traveling to different areas was to provide diverse and intimate ...

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February 3, 2016

Congo travel-study seminar - Reflection 3

From our partners in World Mission who are sponsoring a travel study seminar to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to look at issues related to conflict and sexual violence:

A Biblical theme of our study visit is the Isaiah 65 passage lifting up God's promises. God’s vision of a life of peace and justice for all of God’s people. It is a “not yet” passage, a “becoming” passage. On January 29, we visited those who live out their lives on the furthest fringes of this vision. We also met some of those individuals ...

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February 3, 2016

Congo travel-study seminar - Reflection 2

From our partners in World Mission who are sponsoring a travel study seminar to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to look at issues related to conflict and sexual violence:

On Thursday our group, accompanied by Rev. Berthe Nzeba, got a snapshot of the extensive work that is being done in the North Kivu Province through the Eglise du Christ au Congo (the Church of Christ in the Congo or ECC) to support the survivors of rape.  Rev. Nzeba, based in Kinshasa, is the General Secretary of the ECC’s Department of Women and Families. The ECC ...

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January 28, 2016

Congo travel-study seminar -- Reflection 1

From our partners in World Mission who are sponsoring a travel study seminar to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to look at issues related to conflict and sexual violence:

A choir made up of United Methodist youth and war orphans greeted us at the airport on our arrival in Goma

 

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) East Congo travel seminar team arrived safely in Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, late Wednesday afternoon, despite the onslaught of Winter Storm Jonas, which compelled several reroutes, delayed one person and prevented another from coming at all.

Read about their welcome and the experiences of their first day.

The photo, by Doug Tilton, shows a choir made up ...

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January 27, 2016

Learn about conflict and sexual violence in east Congo

Our partners in World Mission are sponsoring a travel study seminar to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to look at issues related to conflict and sexual violence:

A diverse team of 12 Presbyterians will journey to Goma, on the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on January 27, to take part in a 10-day World Mission travel-study seminar. This pilgrimage of hope and solidarity, is designed to promote understanding of impact of conflict and sexual violence in this volatile region and to enable Presbyterians to learn best practices for accompanying the Church of ...

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