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Monday, Oct 15, 2012
The Kamina Children’s Home in the Democratic Republic of Congo provides a home for children who have nowhere else to turn. Orphaned by disease or violence, these children face dim futures without the support of someone who cares. In a land where childhood dreams are often stolen by AIDS, malaria, or tuberculosis, the Kamina Children’s Home strives to provide a brighter future for its residents.For two orphans, that future comes in the form of an opportunity to... (read more)
Monday, Oct 15, 2012
By Mariellyn Dunlap Grace“Wings of the Morning has been the one thing that has held the North Katanga Conference together. Those are the words of my father,” explains Gaston Ntambo, missionary pilot for Wings of the Morning (WOTM) aviation ministry.Gaston’s father, Bishop Ntambo Nkulu, presides over the United Methodist Church in North Katanga (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Tanzania, an area roughly the size of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and South D... (read more)
Monday, Oct 15, 2012
Mid-August, I returned from an educational mission trip to the North Katanga conference in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This trip was educational both for me and for my students. I stayed in the D.R.C. for six weeks teaching an elementary English course to a group of 20-30 adults. Many of my students were clergy who might be elected to the General Conference this spring. I was to prepare these pastors for their voyage to America.Several of my students... (read more)
Monday, Oct 15, 2012
“If I take the Wings of the Morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.”- Psalm 139:9-10Wings of the Morning is more than just an airplane. It saves lives. It saves souls. The North Katanga Conference, where this critical aviation ministry is located, is a geographically remote area of the Congo that is the size of Texas.  In a place where there are no paved roads, the main fo... (read more)
Monday, Oct 15, 2012
Almost 10 years ago, a small group of us traveled to Kamina, DRC, to see what United Methodists in Ohio could do to support the vision of United Methodists in Kamina. At that time, Kamina was overrun with orphans and many folks in transition due to the ongoing war in the northeastern part of the country and the AIDS epidemic. There were people who were poor in Kamina. But there were also people who were starving, in all the ways you can name.  Kamina was a "vil... (read more)
Thursday, Oct 11, 2012
By Mariellyn Dunlap Grace“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress” (James 1:27).In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, many children have been left parentless because of diseases like malaria, typhoid, and HIV/AIDS. In the Congo’s North Katanga Conference of the United Methodist Church, many of these children are cared for at the Kamina Children’s Home. Without the food, shelter, a... (read more)
Thursday, Oct 11, 2012
By Mariellyn Dunlap Grace“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).During the 40 days after his resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples and instructed them to wait in Jerusalem for the gift of the Holy Spirit. The disciples asked Jesus if he was planning to restore the kingdom to Israel, but as usual, the disciples were th... (read more)
Thursday, Oct 11, 2012
By Mariellyn Dunlap GraceThe West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church has entered into Covenant Relationships with four areas of the world: Congo, Mexico, Russia, and Southeast Asia. These strategic partnerships include prayer support, financial giving, training and discipleship, and relationship-building across oceans, boundaries, and cultures. “The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physician... (read more)
Thursday, Oct 11, 2012
By Mariellyn Dunlap GraceThe West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church has entered into Covenant Relationships with four areas of the world: Congo, Mexico, Russia, and Southeast Asia. These strategic partnerships include prayer support, financial giving, training and discipleship, and relationship-building across oceans, boundaries, and cultures. "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in t... (read more)
Thursday, Oct 11, 2012
By Mariellyn Dunlap GraceThe West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church has entered into Covenant Relationships with four areas of the world: Congo, Mexico, Russia, and Southeast Asia. These strategic partnerships include prayer support, financial giving, training and discipleship, and relationship-building across oceans, boundaries, and cultures. In the days of the early Christian Church, many followers of the Way were convinced that Jesus’ message of... (read more)