First Sabbath Offering for a headquarters in DR Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly called Zaire) is a vast country in the middle of Africa, with an area of 2,345,410 square kilometers (905,568 square miles), making it the largest country in sub-Saharan Africa, the second largest in Africa, and the 11th largest in the world. A biodiverse land with around 80 million hectares of arable soil and over 1,100 listed minerals and precious metals, it shares borders with nine countries: to the north by the republic of Central Africa and Sudan; to the east by Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda, to the west by the Republic of Congo and to the South by Angola and Zambia.
The Congolese population is estimated to be close to 90,000,000, of which, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica, around three-quarters profess Christianity—33% are Roman Catholic believers, 20% Protestants, 22% Awakening Church/Christian Revival, 2% Salutiste, 2% Muslims, 10% are of other religions, and 11% make no profession of faith.
The message of the Reform Movement started here in 1972 in the Katanga province, and developed significantly in 1990 and further in 2000, when the General Conference organized it as a Mission. Later, in 2012 it became a Union of missions, and the work is going forward swiftly.
The DR Congo Union is in need of a headquarters building; the organization is currently renting a house. In view of this real necessity, we pray that the Lord may touch your heart to consider our situation. Please share generously of your means this Sabbath through your offerings and donations to enable us to secure appropriate land in the capital city of Kinshasa and build a beautiful monument for the headquarters office and church that will be representative of the Reformation, to the glory of our God.
Reminding you of the words of our Lord Jesus, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35), we are calling on our brothers and sisters around the world to help in this project. We pray that God will reward, in advance, your generosity towards the missionary work in the DRC.
May the God of compassion and mercy bless you all.
The brethren and sisters of the DR Congo Union