DR Congo (MNN) — On Monday, the United Nations Security Council expanded their arms embargo for the DR Congo. Council reports say that the presence of armed rebel militia "perpetuates a climate of insecurity in the whole region."
"Anytime we have those problems, it affects the whole eastern Congo because of insecurity and what that brings with it," explains Sam Vinton of Grace Ministries International.
If the sanctions can be enforced, Vinton says, it's a step in the right direction. "This would be a great move forward if this could be enforced and prevent guns and ammunition being brought into the country."
Vinton says these increased sanctions shouldn't interfere with GMI's extensive ministry in the Congo; rebel activity is currently focused mainly on Congo's eastern side. "At the present time, I can't say that has affected us as much in that side of the country," he says.
GMI's largest and oldest mission field, the Congo holds over 500 churches, dozens of schools, 16 Bible institutes and a large medical facility. Pray for peace and protection for GMI teams.