Bishops in the Congo Ask for Help in the Wake of Regional Violence

Reality in the eastern Congo

Political unrest. Mass slaughter. Malnourishment. Sexual abuse. Cholera.

According to the United Nations, 13 million people are affected by the internal unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 4.6 million children are acutely malnourished. Approximately 4 million people have been displaced. The worst cholera outbreak in 15 years is spreading through the country - and the UN refugee camps in Uganda. Women and children are easy targets for sexual abuse and slaughter.

Reality in the Congo is a four-year-old girl left with a scar from a machete after her mother, carrying her while preparing dinner, was brutally murdered.  It’s two mass graves covering the center of Maze, a city in eastern DR Congo, after more than 40 people were killed. 

This is the suffering and pain our brethren in eastern Congo are facing. Bishop Mugenyi William Bahemuka of Boga could not even articulate the root of the conflict to The Church Times: “Is it a planned insurgency that will turn out to be either a civil war or a genocide? It is becoming difficult to understand the main reason of the killings in Djugu.”  Without knowing the cause, resolution will be difficult. But without resolution, the number of those losing their lives will only increase.

Gafcon’s Response

In a letter to the Primate of the Anglican Church of Congo, the Gafcon Primates offered their support in word and deed: “Archbishop Masimango, your fellow GAFCON Primates stand with you in prayer and in calling for peace in the region. Each one is also contacting their government asking them to pursue formal diplomatic efforts to stop the violence.”

The Anglican Church of Uganda is involved with rescuing refugees and orphans. They worked with Bishop Bahemuka to evacuate and receive 36 orphans and their caregivers. Unfortunately, because of the cholera outbreak, the refugee camps are unsafe. The Church of Uganda is working to keep these children out of the camps by caring for the vulnerable themselves.

The Anglican Relief and Development Fund has made an initial contribution to the Diocese of Bukavu and is receiving donations for continued relief efforts in eastern Congo.

Your Response

Every year, on Good Friday, Christians around the world remember the passion of our Christ. We worship a God who knows what it is to suffer and is close to the brokenhearted.

Please pray for our Anglican brothers and sisters in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Pray for safety and stability, food and health, peace and reconciliation.

Please also consider donating to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund who is working with the bishops in the Congo to bring assistance. And, if you are able, contact your government to encourage international efforts toward peace.

As we move through this Holy Week, may we remember the suffering of our Lord and the suffering of those who serve Him around the world. And then, may we remember His victory and the glory to come.

“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

“Road to Jerusalem,” Episode 3 – Israel Video Project

“As I begin to pioneer an Anglican Network in Canada and Anglican Church in North America work in Jerusalem, I hope that the video project will continue for years to come. I hope that it will help brothers and sisters in North America and around the world see Jesus in new and exciting ways, and also give people a real sense of connection to the work that we are doing in Israel.

For this particular video series called, ‘The Road To Jerusalem’ I will be focusing on a journey of prayer. It is not only my family and I who are on the road to Jerusalem. The Anglican Communion too, finds itself on that road once again as we approach GAFCON 2018 in Jerusalem — our 3rd Global Anglican Future Conference. It is my hope that many will join me on The Road To Jerusalem as we pray toward GAFCON 2018.” - The Rev. Jess Cantelon

Road To Jerusalem - ep3 - Raising the Dead from Israel Video Project on Vimeo.

For Episode 1 and more information about the Israel Video Project, click here.
For Episode 2, click here.

Updated Cycle of Prayer Released

The Cycle of Prayer presents a weekly prayer schedule to cover leaders, dioceses, and ministries in the Anglican Church in North America and fellow Anglicans around the world.

While leaders and prayer warriors are often aware of the Cycle of Prayer and may use it on Sunday mornings and daily prayer offices, the Cycle of Prayer is available for all to use in their private and public worship to cover our leaders and ministries.

Download the Cycle of Prayer here.