World Missions

Congo-Kasai

(Liaison: Jimmy Shafe, Atlanta, GA)
     21Rivers of The World (ROW) is a not-for-profit Christian ministry that targets remote river basins. Their goal is to serve with people who live in these river basins. ROW emphasizes that it is their country, their village, their culture, but our problem. ROW serves in an atmosphere of mutual concern and respect. ROW projects run the gamut of human, physical and spiritual needs. Academics, research, education and medical/dental concerns go hand in hand with church planting, construction, evangelism and Bible distribution.
     Jimmy Shafe grew up in Congo as a son of a PCUSA missionary. Today Jimmy lives in the Atlanta area and is the Director of ROW’s Congo-Kasai Chapter. As a partner of many organizations and individuals in Congo, Jimmy uses his skills and resources to support the work of the church in hospitals, orphanages, schools, and businesses. Jimmy also serves on the board of the North American Liaison Bureau of the Protestant University of Congo (UPC). The school, located in Kinshasa, provides a Christ-centered education to more than 6,000 students.
     You may recall that a sewing school in which single mothers are taught to support themselves is one of the beneficiaries of the money we give annually to ROW-Congo/Kasai through Jimmy Shafe. Earlier this summer we learned from Jimmy that Rose Kalemba, one of the instructors at the school, was suddenly widowed when her husband was run over by a truck. Jimmy wrote that she has children and is suddenly destitute. He said he was starting a fund to help support her. The WRPC Outreach Committee quickly agreed to send $1,000 to her via Jimmy, who was soon going to visit the area.
     Following is a translation of the letter she sent to us through Jimmy. A copy of the original letter, written in French, is posted on the bulletin board in the Office area.
     From: Widow Rose Kalemba, Kananga, the 23rd of July via Mr. Bob Avery to Waverly Road Presbyterian Church
As the Bible says, “blessed are they that weep, for they shall be comforted”; it is thus that I don’t know how to express the joy that floods my heart, because I did not know where to go with this heavy burden on my back. That is why I profit from this occasion to thank you for your condolence, not forgetting all of the members of Waverly Road Presbyterian Church who contributed to relieve my sufferings and those of my orphaned children.
Indeed, I received, by way of the administrator, Mr. Bernard Kabibu, your assistance of $1,000 on the 17th of July coming from you by way of Jimmy Shafe. Therefore, this money will permit me to:
  • Pay to rent a place in the city of Kananga because after the death of my husband, all the family decided to leave Tshikaji
  • Pay the school fees for the children
  • And finally, to buy two sewing machines to start a sewing school.
And I greatly thank my God who loves us so much. I pray that the good Lord will bless you abundantly and that He will protect you all the days of your life. My children and I will never stop praying for you. May the Good Lord protect you.
ROW Congo-Kasai, 3640 Hewatt Court, Snellville, GA 30039, http://www.row.org/

Honduras

(Liaison: Peter Borg, Kingsport)
22     Peter Borg lives in Kingsport and is the founder of Osman Hope, an ecumenical Christian-based organization that serves children in Honduras through partnerships with churches, local governments, private agencies, and individuals. Osman Hope currently has three shelters operating in Honduras that provide benefits and nutritious food that would not normally be available to children. Osman Hope believes that by establishing shelters in Honduras we provide children protection from the elements, nourishment for the body, enrichment for the spirit and educational opportunities for the mind. Daily, there are 165 children helped by our shelters. The children are given nutritious meals and snacks, help with their homework and spiritual guidance.
 
Update: January 2016
     I was in Honduras last week visiting the shelters. As always there are low spots with the children that have to be dealt with. But there are also very HIGH spots.
     On many trips, I deal with tears of sadness. But on this trip, there were many tears of joy. These tears centered around the three young adults who graduated High School. Two of them have jobs and the third (Ketys who I talked about in church) will be moving to San Pedro Sula to live with her sister and start working. All of them will be going to University.
     In one case, Esther (who visited you years ago) will be teaching at the school we went to in Santa Clara. She will make $4000 which is twice what her mother makes.
     It is very heart-warming to hear how them graduating has given them an independence to be whatever they want to be.
     Thank you all for your support.
Peter

Japan

(Liaison: Bill and Ann Moore, PCUSA)
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Bill and Ann Moore have served as people in mission with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in partnership with the Reformed Church of Japan (RCJ) in Hiroshima and currently in Kobe, Japan. In 1985, the Moores arrived in Japan and spent two years in Kobe for full-time language study. They then moved to Hiroshima where Bill worked in new church development and evangelism, preaching and teaching in five churches in the Hiroshima Prefecture. Since 1995, they have been in Kobe where Bill is the organizing pastor of a new church development for the RCJ in the northern suburbs of Kobe-Osaka called the Nishitani Chapel. The RCJ was founded in 1946 and, though it’s a small church, it has a strong missionary vision. Ann is a partner in ministry with Bill assisting with the work in evangelism and new church development. Address: 2-5-11-201 Mikage, Higashinada Ku. Kobe 658-0047, Japan

Nepal

Nepal: Annapurna Panchakanya Primary School in Sera, Nuwakot;
in Lalitpur, Bagmati (Liaison: Bob Avery, WRPC, Kingsport)
 
Earthquake News from Nepal
News as of August 21, 2015
Prayer Request for a Secular State of Nepal
 
Dear friends,
     As the National Coordinator of Christian Commitment to Building New Nepal (CCBNN), an organization advocating for Churches to be involved in leading communities on socio-economic issues based on Proverbs 31:8-9, I have been involved in organizing and participating in public debates with politicians and public interactions/advocacy in all regions and districts for Nepal to be declared a secular state in the new draft constitution being finalized. I am not working alone in this but am with Dharmik Chautari, a religious liberty forum, comprising of Hindu, Buddhist, Islam, Jain, Bahai and Kirat leaders. I had also to take radio and television interviews/ discussions against the demand for declaring Nepal a Hindu state in the new constitution. We are arguing that Nepal is home to many religions including Buddhism and different kinds of animism. Islam in Nepal has a history too. And there are Jains, Sikhs and Bahais too. We are also citing the agreements signed by Nepal, especially, the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights (UNDHR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Therefore, Nepal has to continue to be a Secular State and not a Hindu State or the minorities will be persecuted further as in the past and marginalised from the affairs of the state. This will definitely disturb peace and harmony in Nepal as we see in all South-Asian countries.
     The work is quite demanding and needs to be carried out very carefully as the fundamental Hindus supported by well known Hindu associations and a political party in India are up into their arms against Christians and are supporting Nepali Hindus to use any means to have Nepal declared a Hindu state in the new constitution. This is clear from the rallies and mass meetings they have organized by bringing bus-fulls of fundamental political Hindus to Kathmandu and major cities in East and West Nepal and from their statements in their organizations’ facebooks. The main issue against Christians is that of conversion and their rising numbers. Serious articles are being published daily in national newspapers against Christian conversions. Some churches have been attacked too. Our work advocating for a Secular State of Nepal is not finished yet but we hope we will know the tentative conclusion of the Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (PDCC) and the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) of the Constituent Assembly (CA) soon. Religious tolerance and co-existence have to be the order of the time.
We will be grateful for your prayers that Nepal be declared a Secular State in the new constitution being finalised. Please do continue to pray for us in Nepal.
God be with us all!
Yours sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Mahendra Bhattarai
Member, Board of Trustees, World Christian Endeavour Union
National Coordinator
Christian Commitment to Building New Nepal (CCBNN)
Member, Dharmik Chautari Nepal (Religious Forum Nepal)
 
News as of August 11, 2015
     Thanks to WRPC, the children of the little village of Sera, Nepal, now have a new school to replace the one that was destroyed in the earthquake of April 25.
     Since 2009, the WRPC Outreach program has supported the little Annapurna Panchakanya Primary School in Sera, Nuwakot, Nepal, with funding for an English teacher to teach the children “Business English”, which is needed to allow them to find paying jobs when they complete their schooling.
     When we learned that the devastating earthquakes in April and May had damaged the existing school beyond repair, the WRPC Outreach Committee immediately sent $5000 to help local school officials begin to build a temporary school to be used until the original school could be replaced, in addition to $5000 that was sent to the Aashish Presbyterian Church, which we also support.
     We soon learned that the Nepali government would be unable to replace the existing school in the foreseeable future, and a separate plea was presented to church members and friends for additional “beyond pledge” funding to enable upgrading the temporary school to serve as a full-time replacement for the old school. Funding poured in from church members, friends and the community at large, helped by a favorable front-page article in the Kingsport Times-News. As of this writing, a total of $24,210 has been sent in total disaster funding to Nepal in 2015.
     A medical mission group from Malaysia, which came to the village for a medical mission weekend, learned of the effort to rebuild the school, and donated some additional funding as well as uniforms and backpacks for the children.
     While there is still some work to be completed…putting up plywood partitions between classrooms, painting and the like, the school was deemed ready for use and the children have moved into it.