God opens doors for Congo ministry.

By March 18, 2004

Congo-Kinshasa (MNN)–The Democratic Republic of Congo continues to make strides toward the restoration of the country following decades of civil war.

As the populations shifts its mindset from war to peace, there are still pockets of violence that threatens the delicate quiet.

Tribes fleeing unrest have proved to be somewhat difficult to reach through traditional evangelistic approaches.

That doesn’t stop teams from following the call put on their hearts. Hope Builders International’s Johan Gous says their teams saw a recent breakthrough in the rainforest. But, he says, to reach this people group, it first had to be found. “The Babongu people have receded way into the forest–that’s why it took us seven days to walk in to get to the chief’s village.”

Gous says as a result of that first outreach, there is not only a seedling church, but a growing missions vision. That means training is the next step to meeting a growing spiritual need.

“We’re getting ourselves geared up to return to the Congo in September. By then, the first leaders will have started their training, we’re getting the materials there to get the buildings built by then and the two training centers that will form the heart of the work to go out into an area.”

Hope Builders supports the body of Christ through local discipleship, national partnerships and international support of indigenous missions.

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