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The Midigos - Dominican Republic of Congo

 

August 2017

Description: C:\Users\Apollo\Downloads\Kasai DRC.jpgThe security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to be a major source of concern, with violence in the Kasai and North Kivu provinces is reaching disturbing levels.  The current political impasse, the rising insecurity, and the worsening human conditions require a concerted response from Congolese churches to come together in unity to pray for the nation and to go to unreached areas of the country. The electoral commission (CENI) has announced several provinces are going to have elections this august therefore, we have been advised to limit our movements in the coming months.  Goma being a political hotspots we have started seeing local police manning several areas of the city.  There have been several political agreements, which have not been honored by the government or the opposition parties.

In the DRC, cholera is becoming epidemic Goma being the most city affected.  The water supply has no chlorine therefore, people are drinking contaminated water.  Many have been hospitalized in our local hospitals.  

Church Leadership training

Description: C:\Users\Apollo\Pictures\2017-06\100_3400.JPGOnly God can intervene to solve Congolese problems through prayers and teaching the Word of God. The importance of reversing the tragedies of violence, particularly against women and children, and ensuring that women's and girl's voices are heard in all aspects of society are at the core.  Our mission to DRC is to help church leaders preach the Gospel and teach reconciliation and forgiveness in their churches.  We have been training Church leaders and their spouses to help pastors understand the pain women in Congolese society are experiencing. The aim of bringing women leaders and pastors’ wives into the training and engaging with women to find the opportunities to overcome the challenges, they face.

 The violence is having a rippling effect on communities. Families are unable to access their land during armed fighting, and as a result are being pushed deeper towards vulnerability. We continue the New beginnings project by helping women make baskets and cooking so that they can have skills that can give them support. We are trying to address women needs in their contexts while presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  . In addition, for women who have been violated to change the narrative of victims to survivors. When they see Description: C:\Users\Apollo\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\IMG_20170719_055715.jpgthemselves as survivors, they can overcome the stigma in society and they will help their families and other women in society.

New Beginnings project Basket making

A massive food crisis now threatens to shatter this fragile situation. Families in Goma have told us they have taken to eating the grains they would normally reserve for sewing in the planting season to avoid hunger. This survival technique will have long-term consequences. If people have no grains during the planting season, food insecurity will deteriorate further.

Esther our Congolese missionary was asked to return to Kinshasa for two months.  The church is considering whether they should keep her here in Goma or transfer her to another field.  Please pray for CBCO Missions Team leadership in Kinshasa.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Thank God for our safety and ministry here in Goma
  2. Pray for the political situation in DRC for a peaceful solution.
  3. Pray for upcoming trainings of church leaders and for our safety.
  4. Pray for the NEW BEGGININGS women projects we have started
  5. Pray that we will get more Bibles and resources translations to give to pastors
  6. Pray for our Missions, Forgiveness and Reconciliation training.
  7. Pray that a solution will be found to stop the spread of cholera in Goma
  8. Pray for our children in Canada who plan to return to University this year

 We want to thank you for your prayers, and financial support.  God bless you. 

Thank you, Yours in Christ’s service

                                                    Apollo and Lois Midigo

April 2017

 

Description: A police officer looks on as protestors burn tires in the street following recent violence, including mortar attacks that have struck homes and churches in the eastern provincial capital, killing at least seven civilians and wounding dozens of others, in Goma, Congo, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.Two decades ago, the Democratic Republic of Congo, sub-Saharan Africa’s second largest country, was engulfed in what became known as Africa’s Great War, a conflict that drew in a dozen neighbouring countries and raged for five years from 1998. President Joseph Kabila first took office in 2001, after the assassination of his father and in 2006 a new constitutional provision limited the presidency to two terms, which expired on December 20th 2016.

DRC elections were supposed to be held in November 2016, but were postponed until April 2018. The government has claimed that the electoral commission (CENI) lacks financial resources as one of the main reasons behind the delay.  Democratic Republic of Congo's ruling coalition and other smaller parties agreed to delay last year’s election to April 2018 - a move that angered the opposition groups who have accused the president of trying to cling onto power. Congo's main opposition bloc have called several general strikes from September 2016 and continues up to now pressing President Joseph Kabila to leave office  as his mandate ended on December 20th , 2016.   Several deals have been signed in Kinshasa the capital and boycotted by much of the opposition, allowing Kabila to stay in office until delayed elections are held in April 2018. However, recent deals with the opposition says that elections will be held sometime this year, 2017.

Past moves to delay the election have triggered violent demonstrations. This month there have been several demonstrations in Kinshasa the capital. Kinshasa – a city of 12 million people – were completely deserted and most learning institutions and businesses were closed. They would typically would have been bustling ahead of the work and school day.

Despite the widespread strike actions in Kinshasa, the situation has remained normal in our City Goma. Goma is a city in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is located on the northern shore of Lake Kivu, next to the Rwandan city of Gisenyi. The lake and the two cities are in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift system. Goma lies only 13 to 18 km due south of the crater of the active Nyiragongo Volcano. The recent history of Goma has been dominated by the volcano and the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, which in turn fueled the First and Second Congo Wars. The aftermath of these events was still having effects on the city and its surroundings in 2010. The city was captured by rebels during the M23 rebellion in late 2012, but was retaken by government forces.  It is the capital of the North Kivu province, which is ethnically similar and neighboring to South Kivu (with the capital Bukavu); together the two provinces are known as "the Kivus".

Due to these political demonstrations, we delayed our coming back to Goma.  We left Canada in January and stayed in Kenya until last month when we were given the green light to come back.  When we came back, we had to move to a new house and relocate our office for security reasons.  Goma has remained calm but not its surrounding and therefore do all our trainings in Goma.  Local people know how to travel despite the dangers of conflicts and war.  One of our pastors was robbed by rebels and they took everything but spared his life he was on his way coming to Goma to attend a pastor’s seminar on leadership. 

Esther our Congolese missionary was asked to return to Kinshasa for two months the church is considering whether they should keep her here in Goma or transfer her to another field.  Please pray for CBCO Missions Team leadership in Kinshasa.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Thank God for our safety and ministry here in Goma
  2. Praise God we found a house and office with good security
  3. Pray for the political situation in DRC for a peaceful solution.
  4. Pray for upcoming trainings of church leaders and for our safety.
  5. Pray for more financial support 
  6. Pray for the women projects we have planned this year
  7. Pray that we will get more Bibles and resources translations to give to pastors
  8. Pray for people we have trained to be trainers
  9. Pray for our Missions, Forgiveness and Reconciliation training.
  10. Pray for our children in Canada who plan to return to University this year

We want to thank you for your prayers, and financial support.  As we remember Christ’s death and resurrection, we can serve God with courage because He paid a price to give us eternal life. And He alone can bring peace to Democratic Republic of Congo and the world. God bless you.  Thank you, yours in Christ’s service

                                                    Apollo and Lois Midigo

 

September 2016

Dear Friends

We want to thank you for praying for us and for your financial support.   We just came back from Masisi which is about 100 Kilometres from where the massacre of innocent people occurred and still there is still insecurity up to today.  As you pray for us please pray for Beni territory and the country as a whole that God will provide peace.  In November 2016 we are expecting election please pray for peaceful elections and unity among church leaders.  Also pray for the church leaders we trained in Masisi and Goma.   We also have more training in Minova and Kitchanga in September and October 2016.   When pastors travel from far we have to provide return bus fare because that is the only way they can come.  We are grateful that God provided that we are able but are still asking to provide for future training.  The women who are receiving basket training have appreciated the training because it has given them hope that people like you pray and also think of them.  Thank you for your contributions and prayers.  During the training we also gave out Bibles to the Pastors and church leaders who attended the seminars from remote areas again we thank you very much for all the contributions.  Since the dollar is strong this time we bought Bibles for US$11.00 from the normal price of US$10.00.   The church leaders who could not afford buying Bibles especially pastors were very grateful because US$10.00 is too expensive and some have 8-14 children to feed.  In our training Lois teaches Food, Nutrition and Health where she discusses family health encouraging church to have children they can feed and provide for them.  These pastors take the Bible literally that they must fill the earth.  Unfortunately we have heard them teach in the pulpit where they discourage family planning where in their war context believe if you have many children during war and conflict some children may die and you will still have some remaining.  But with effort and prayers some pastors are starting to listen and are teaching their congregations about family responsibilities. 

Again thank you for your prayers and support.  May God bless you.   

Thank You, Yours in Christ

Apollo and Lois

THE GOSPEL OF RECONCILIATION                                          August 2016

Image result for beni Drc picturesAt least 64 people were killed in the Beni territory (245 Km from Goma) over the weekend of August 13 and 14, 2016. It is a massacre that has left a nation in mourning and raised difficult questions about the ability of the Congolese army and the force, in the area to protect the population from the rebel group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which is believed to be behind the attacks.

Following the incident, hundreds of people took to the streets of Beni over the next two days to express their outrage against the killings and to demand prompt government action. Massacres highlight complexity of violence in DRC.

Church leaders  receive Evangelism  Training  -LOIS AT THE BACK

Lois

C:\Users\Apollo\Pictures\2016-08\100_2926.JPGThe Democratic Republic of the Congo has endured years of conflict and instability that damaged and destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure. More than half of its large population lives in poverty. A need for reconciliation and peace building through dialogue is the main concern for Congolese as DRC experience terrible deaths and rape of women due to a wide range tribal and rebels’ conflicts, which start over the disagreement on land ownership.  Furthermore, many lives and properties have been lost due to tribal conflicts that have included rape of women and girls. 

Reconciliation is needed in overcoming hostility and conflicts between tribes.  Biblical dialogue is needed as the classical means of dealing constructively with tribal conflicts where            ethno-political conflicts resolutions have not succeeded.    The role of the churches in Congo is to participate in the work of God’s revelation in the Christ incarnation so that reconciliation can start as repentance and forgiveness are experienced by both the victim and the offender.  The ministry of reconciliation also involves the work of reconciliation among persons and societies in difference.  This will focus on truth-telling, repentance, justice, healing, forgiveness and peace.

 The biblical reconciliation is not similar to political reconciliation. Therefore the Biblical reconciliation through salvation in Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God has been understood as a sacrificing the innocent animal which absorbs conflicts and prevents revenge while bringing true reconciliation.  

The process of reconciliation requires first the cleansing and healing of the nation so that the country moves away from the tendency to engage in conflicts within families, clans, tribes as well as nationally and solve disagreements in a peaceful manner.  It is also important to heal the wounds that were caused by the conflicts so that while we do not forget where we come from we are able to forgive to make sure that we do not develop the spirit of revenge.     Christian missions refer to our participation in the reconciliation process through teaching and preaching where Jesus Christ becomes good news for the whole creation. And all Christians are called to be mediators in Christ between God and the world in which they live. 

To fulfill this we had  a conference in Masisi where pastors from five tribes (Hunde, Nande, Nyanga, Hutu and Tutsi )attended  a four days seminars and conference from August 11-14 2016.  Some pastors walked for two days through rebel controlled areas to attend the training in Missions, Forgiveness and reconciliation. This was followed with a three days evangelism seminar in Goma and church leaders traveled from Masisi which is 100 kilometers to Goma to our office. 

C:\Users\Apollo\Pictures\2016-08\IMG-20160825-WA000.jpgPrayer Requests:

  1. Thank God for church leaders who attend the training, some came from Masisi 100 km away.
  2. Pray for healing and reconciliation among church leaders and tribes
  3.  

Presentation of Certificates  of attendance

Thank God for safety and opportunity to minister. Safety outside Goma where kidnapping cases are rising.

  1. C:\Users\Apollo\Pictures\2016-08\IMG-20160820-WA001.jpgPray for finances to run the seminars. We have to provide transportation (US$1.00) and lunch so we can have more trainees.
  2. Pray for CBCO leadership , their missions Department and church planting in Goma
  3. Text Box: Missionaries consulting each other (Apollo and Lois)Pray for Lois as she ministers to women from different churches in Goma as well run the office. Pray for the safety of all women and children in DRC.
  4. Pray for the ladies who continue to make baskets so that they can provide for themselves
  5. Pray for Dixon and Hannah for their needs in Canada.

Thank You for all your financial support and prayers. May God bless you.    Thank you. 

Yours in His Service,    Apollo and Lois Midigo

 

THE GOSPEL OF RECONCILIATION                                             June 02, 2016

Text Box:  Victims and their children born out of rapeJune 03, 2016 Mohamed died and Ali’s connection to Africa was cemented with the Rumble in the Jungle fight against George Foreman in 1974. Hosted by president Mobutu Sese Seko, at the Tata-Raphael stadium in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo after Sese Seko was overthrown in 1997), the fight was a significant event as Africa got a front-row seat for one of the most defining moments of Ali’s career—and life.  On many occasions Eastern DRC is known for violence against women and children.  As missionaries here in Goma we are hoping that one day Goma will be remembered for men and women who are preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.   We continue to train and mentor pastors in evangelism, Missions and church leadership.  As we serve here in Goma we are confronted with the issues of raped women.  As a result we started a pilot project with 12 women victims of rape.   We have two ladies who have volunteered to provide counselling and teach these ladies skills so that they can support themselves.  We agreed to look for help to buy material to make baskets as to keep them occupied and learn a skill that will help and bring hope to them. Lois is supervising this project and is also having Bible studies with these women.  Ladies have been divided into two groups.  It was hard to separate a group of women therefore the number increased from 10 to 12 women.   We will keep this project as long as we have funds to buy the materials.

C:\Users\Apollo\Documents\IMG_20160524_141044_1.jpgC:\Users\Apollo\Documents\Goma baskets (17).jpgSexual violence in war dates back to time immemorial,  DRC has been perhaps the highest profile area" of more recent years.  Each victim of sexual assault has their own personal and private experience. The way they respond to the assault is determined by a multitude of factors. These include, the victim's age, relationship status, cultural background, personal history, physical ability, access to support systems, level of self-esteem and the unique combination of strengths, weaknesses and skills that help them survive the situation which all combine to produce unique experiencing. However, just as there are common patterns of sexual assault, there are common responses to sexual assault. These responses will be experienced by most victim/survivors at some point in time. This ladies experience Rape Trauma Syndrome - a typology of emotional impacts which roughly parallels Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  This includes: Powerlessness and loss of control and Emotional numbness.

We continue to mentor CBCO’s church planters in Goma. In April this year we travelled to Kinshasa to renew our visas and also met the new President of CBCO (Communaute Baptiste Du Congo) Rev. Dr. Fidele and the Missions Team led by Pastor Pierre.  Goma has three congregations meeting regularly but still face challenges of finding a place to meet and salaries for the church planters.   Despite these challenges we are encouraging them in their ministry and service to the Lord.  

PRAYER REQUESTS

May 26, 2016, a police officer was killed by stone-throwing protesters and a protester was shot dead in the city of Goma on Thursday at anti-government demonstrations, we are expecting elections in November 2016.  We are very thankful that God protected us during these demonstrations. We are planning to have a prayer vigil from June 15th to 19th to pray for Peace in DRC.  We are also asking our friends to pray for PEACE for DRC.

We are grateful for the gifts we got we bought basket making material and transportation money for the 12 ladies and the trainers But we will need any gift to help them when they finish the training to buy them basket making materials. So that they can support themselves. Please pray that finances will be found to help these women and children. If interested to give a onetime gift please let us know.

 Our prayer is that we will be able to reach many church leaders who can also promote forgiveness and reconciliation in their own congregations and communities.  Many pastors have experienced trauma from conflicts and war and do not know how to minister to their own congregations.  In July we will train pastors and elders on how to deal with Trauma in  ministry. We are challenging them to reach out to other tribes and communities with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. We are training leaders so that they can train other local church leaders in missions, reconciliation and pastoral care

Prayer Requests:

  1. Pray for leadership seminars cancel due to political demonstrations. Now rescheduled for June and July ’16.
  2. Pray for 12 ladies learning new skills to support themselves and Lois as she supervise the work
  3. Pray for the CBCO new President and Missions Team in Kinshasa and the work in Goma
  4. Pray for finances to run the seminars, provide transportation, and lunch for participants.
  5.  For Lois as she ministers to women from different churches in Goma as well run the office.
  6.  For Apollo as he leads seminars, training and preaching in local churches.
  7. Pray for Dixon and Hannah for their financial needs in Canada
  8. For internet and telephone to work when we need it especially this year of elections in DRC

We do experience internet and telephone problems please be patient with us when we don’t respond as soon as possible.  Thank You for all your financial support and prayers.   May God bless you abundantly and meet your needs.

 Thank You,    In His Service                    Apollo and Lois Midigo

March 2016

Dear Friends
We are very grateful that for the past two months Goma has been relatively calm but we are always vigilant. However outside Goma is still not safe as locals and foreigners are being kidnapped for ransom money.  This is also an election year for DRC continue to pray for peaceful elections in November this year. .  We also need to renew our visas in May This year remember us in your prayers.  Our children in Canada are doing well although the challenges of less hours on their place of work is a reality.  Pray that God would provide for their needs. Pray for more support so that we can meet the challenges we face in training leaders here in DRC. We want to thank for you continued prayer and financial support .  
 
Thank You
 
Sincerely in Christ
 
Apollo and Lois Midigo
 

THE GOSPEL OF RECONCILIATION                              March 02, 2016

The church in Eastern DRC has a great influence but the church leaders are not using that influence properly to promote peace and end violence. Many of their church members are survivors of sexual violence, ex-combatants, and children born of rape. Church leaders must take actions and look for solutions for putting an end on sexual violence, war and conflicts.   It is the problem of having conflict which let many people to create violence and others are raping because of not liking others.

Text Box: Apollo preaching in a Rwandese church in GomaKidnapping is very common on the outskirts of Goma and Eastern DRC. Three aid workers with one of non-government organization (name withheld) were abducted on Wednesday this week by unidentified gunmen in Lubero, North Kivu. The workers were in a convoy of two vehicles and one was attacked. They were taken into the bushes and right now, no one has any information regarding their whereabouts or demands of the kidnappers, in March 2015 employees of this organization were held hostage for 48 hours by unidentified kidnappers in Rutshuru territory (south of North Kivu province) before being rescued by security forces. Please pray for their safety and release.

We continue to mentor CBCO’s church planters in Goma. In November last year we had representatives from the Missions Team in Kinshasa visit Goma. Goma has three congregations meeting regularly. We are grateful about the congregations but they still face challenges of finding a place to meet and salaries for the church planters.  Despite these challenges we are encouraging them in their walk and service to the Lord.  

We are helping church leaders in preaching the Gospel that can bring peace to individuals and the entire nation. The role of the Church is really to help bring salvation in Christ and reconciliation among tribes through the preaching the Word of God.

OFFICE

The office has opened more opportunities to serve pastors in Goma.  We meet with church leaders who visit our office to request seminars and training to their local churches.  The office is located at the Centre of the city and a safe area with other offices within reach.  We have several seminars lined up in March to May 2016.  Church leaders have been coming to the office for prayer and consultation.   At the same time we continue to preach regularly in local churches teaching about missions, evangelism and church leadership. Apollo recently spoke to 120 pastors in Goma about forgiveness and reconciliation as it is related to receiving blessings from God. God will bless people who are forgiving and loving their neighbors. Christians are to promote justice without revenge.

Text Box: Children and women weaved basketsLois is working with women in local churches using her food and nutrition classes and Bible study to reach many women who have gone through trauma as a result of war.  She interacts with ladies who are taking care of orphans, widows and survivors of sexual violence.   Local women leaders are providing counselling to these children and women.  To keep the children and the women busy they need to buy materials for the children and women to make baskets.  Basket weaving is sort of part of the helping so this survivors feel that they are not a burden to society and human again that they can do something with their lives.

We enquired what is needed. To support 10 women they need US$100.00 to buy the basket weaving materials.  And this is onetime money so that they can concentrate on receiving counselling while they keep themselves busy.  This money will buy enough material that can support them as they sell the baskets they get capital to continue weaving more baskets.  Please pray that finances will be found to help these women and children. If interested to give a onetime gift please let us know.

 Our prayer is that we will be able to reach many church leaders who can also promote forgiveness and reconciliation in their own congregations and communities.  Many pastors have experienced trauma from conflicts and war and do not know how to minister to their own congregations.  We are challenging them to reach out to other tribes and communities with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. We are training leaders so that they can train other local church leaders in missions, reconciliation and pastoral care

Prayer Requests:

  1. Pray for church leaders who will be attending seminars in March-May.
  2. Pray for healing and reconciliation among church leaders and tribes
  3. Thank God for safety and opportunity to minister. Safety outside Goma where kidnapping cases are rising.
  4. Pray for the 20 young people  we are mentoring in evangelism and missions
  5. Pray for finances to run the seminars. We have to provide transportation (US$1.00) and lunch so we can have more trainees.
  6. Pray for CBCO leadership in Kinshasa, their missions Department and church planting in Goma
  7. Pray for Lois as she ministers to women from different churches in Goma as well run the office.
  8. March is the month for women in DRC pray for the safety of all women and children in DRC.
  9. Pray for more financial support as some of our supporters are not able to support due to changes in their finances
  10. Pray for missionaries and Aid workers in Eastern DRC.  Kidnapping of foreign workers for ransom
  11. Pray Dixon and Hannah for their financial needs in Canada

Thank You for all your financial support and prayers. May God bless you abundantly and meet your needs.  We also remember you in our prayers.    Wishing you a Happy Easter Holidays.

Thank You,    

In His Service

Apollo and Lois Midigo

 

Merry Christmas

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

CHURCH PLANTING AND MISSIONS                                                      December 2015

Goma is a city in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is located on the northern shore of Lake Kivu, next to the Rwandan city of Gisenyi. The lake and the two cities are in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift system. Goma lies only 13 to 18 km due south of the crater of the active Nyiragongo Volcano. The recent history of Goma has been dominated by the volcano and the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, which in turn fuelled the First and Second Congo Wars. The city was captured by rebels during the M23 rebellion in late 2012-2014, but has since been retaken by government forces and United Nations soldiers.   Goma faces the highest risk any city in the world could face.
Nyiragongo is one of the two active volcanoes in North Kivu. The other, is Nyamulagira, 10km away and threatening the town of Sake. Sake is a major source of Goma's fresh food. The aftermath of these events is still having effects on the city and its surroundings even today

OFFICE

Text Box: Pierre and Kaba interviewing one of the pastors in our officeC:\Users\APOLLO\Pictures\2015-12-10 Goma November 2015\Goma November 2015 034.JPGOn November 17, 2015, Pastor Pierre the Missions Team Director of CBCO came to Goma from Kinshasa to see how the work in Goma is going on.  Currently we have 2 congregations with 3 cell groups in Goma City.  Pastor Pierre met with Maman Esther and us to plan forward.  With the current church members there is no CBCO church building.  The two congregations are meeting in rented facilities and are having problems paying the rental spaces.   They pay US$50 per month.  Because of war and conflicts people are so poor that even on a Sunday a church with 200 members can give a total of US$ 5 to US$10.   Pastor Pierre also met with pastors we have been mentoring since we arrived in Goma and are now interested in joining CBCO church.  Accompanying Pastor Pierre was Pastor Kaba also from Kinshasa.   His church is interested in sponsoring a Congolese missionary to remote areas of Democratic Republic of Congo. 

In October we moved in at the office and are very grateful that people can come and see us at the office instead of our home.  We are settling down and have lined up several trainings in January to March 2016.   Christian leaders are now free to come and see us.

The pastors have requested training in Missions, Evangelism, Trauma and Conflicts, Church leadership, Forgiveness and Reconciliation.  The ladies are already being taught skills in food and nutrition.  Lois will have a follow-up in the coming year.   God has provided two security people to guard the office day and night.   Pray for church leaders who have received our training and Bibles that they will train others.

  1. http://www.irinnews.org/images/211222.jpgPray for healing and reconciliation among church leaders and tribes
  2. Thank God for providing safety and security during our stay in Goma
  3. Pray for the young people and Christian leaders we are mentoring in evangelism and missions
  4. Text Box: Nyiragongo Volcano in GomaPray for the coming training and seminars with pastors in 2016
  5. Pray for Maman, Esther, CBCO leadership in Kinshasa and their missions Department
  6. Pray for Lois as she ministers to women from different churches and tribes in Goma as well run the office.   When training women in Food and Nutrition she has to buy all the food stuff for training. There are many women who need training so that they can support themselves.  But we can only offer training according to what we can afford. Each training costs approximately between US$ 80 to US$100 for 25 women.  She is also training women who can train others. She teaches Bible Study before she begins to teach her classes in Food and Nutrition.
  7. Pray that God will provide funds for seminars and workshops in the coming year. We need funds for training materials so that pastors can take home reading materials.  Christian leaders walk for 20-40 kilometers to attend our training.
  8. Pray for the coming elections in DRC in November 2016.
  9. Pray for Dixon and Hannah for their needs.
  10. We thank God for providing our needs but we still need support for our ministry here and for pray that we will be able to raise funds for the seminar materials and Lois’s women’s training.  If you are able to contribute to this project please contact our office in Guelph.

Thank You for all your financial support and prayers. May the Joy of Christ dwell in your  hearts.  We also remember you in our prayers.   

Thank You,    

Apollo and Lois Midigo

 

HEALING AND RECONCILIATION                                                                                                             October 2015

Apollo speaking at a United Nations office in GOMA

C:\Users\APOLLO\Downloads\Midigo UN2.JPGSexual violence in conflict is a worldwide issue, but in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) it is so endemic that it has earned a reputation as most dangerous in the world for women.  Not far from the City of Goma where we live the town of Minova is a marked as the region with the highest concentration of sexual abuse in the DRC.  We have been told of many cases of rape but recently we were told of a woman who was raped by 24 soldiers (Congolese army or rebel army).   Although she survived the attacked she was left with psychological, emotional and physical scars.  She has undergone many corrective fistula surgeries from the damage she received. There are many horrifying stories we cannot even want to write about. Thousands of women in the eastern DRC live with the stigma and trauma of rape. Sexual violence has torn families apart for a long time.  When a woman is raped she is not accepted by her husband and his family.  She cannot go to her family because she is defiled and unclean.  The woman is not accepted by the community.  Many of these women come to the city of Goma to do anything to survive including prostitution.    This year we have been horrified by what seems to have been a wave of rape against babies and young children especially girls.  These children are taken away from their parents by force raped in front of their parents.  Hundreds of women and children are systematically being raped by soldiers an atrocity that the international community is trying to stop by bringing UN staff and soldiers to finish the war in Eastern DRC. 

On October 10, 2015 Apollo was asked to speak at UN memorial service here in Goma for one their staff that died last year in October.  The staff is still mourning him as he was a strong Christian and a very hardworking staff member.  As you pray for us please for many UN soldiers and staff who work here.   They are usually killed in line of duty as they try to bring peace in DRC.

OFFICE

At the beginning of October we moved in at the office and are very grateful that people can come and see us at the office instead of our home.  It is located at the Centre of the city and a safe area with other offices within reach.  We have several seminars lined up in November to February next year.    We want to thank you for praying and we are trusting God to provide for the continued financial need to run the office.  We needed this office as part of the ongoing security and effective ministry.   Here the cancer of tribalism is so strong that finding a neutral place can help bring forgiveness and reconciliation.  Our prayer is that we will be able to reach many church leaders who can also promote forgiveness and reconciliation in their own congregations. As a training venue we are going to train and mentor church leaders in missions, reconciliation and pastoral care.   Many pastors have experience trauma from conflicts and war and do not know how to minister to their own congregations.  We are challenging them to reach out to other tribes and communities with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.

Christians in DRC have not lost hope despite the violence and hardships they face every day. They continue to learn the word of God and apply biblical truth in their context. They have hope that one day God will bring peace in DRC and the rest of the world will come to enjoy that peace. Our work is to support these Christians and encourage them in their walk with God.   As the church unite and show love to one another the region of eastern DRC will change. It will change because the church has change: where there was tribal hatred there is love and fellowship.     Thank God that we were able to distribute Bibles to those attending our training for some this was their first BiblePrayer Requests:

1)Pray for church leaders who have received our training and  Bibles that they will train others.

2)Pray for healing and reconciliation among church leaders and tribes

3)Thank God for safety and opportunity to minister. And for those who accepted Christ.

4)Pray for the 20 young people  we are mentoring in evangelism and missions

5)Pray for the coming training and seminars with pastors affected by war and conflicts.

6)Pray for Esther, CBCO leadership in Kinshasa and their missions Department

7)Pray for Lois as she ministers women from different churches in Goma as well run the office.

8)Pray for infants, children and women who have been raped by government and rebel soldiers.  And also pray for the safety of all women in DRC and for the perpetrators to face justice.

9)Pray for Dixon and Hannah for their needs.

10)Pray that we will be able to raise $500.00 a month for rent. If you are able to contribute to this project please contact our office in Guelph.

Thank You for all your financial support and prayers. May God bless you abundantly and meet your needs.  We also remember you in our prayers.    

Thank You,    

Apollo and Lois Midigo

 

OUR SECURITY                                                  August 31, 2015

M23 rebels in the DRC (File, AFP)Unidentified gunmen killed six elite presidential guard soldiers on Monday August 31, 2015 in an ambush in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, military and local sources said, a region still plagued by violence more than a decade after years of civil war ended.   Eastern Congo, which was ravaged by two wars between 1996 and 2003 that killed millions, most dying from hunger and disease, remains beset by dozens of armed groups who compete over reserves of gold, tin and tantalum. Rutsuru Territory, several kilometres from Goma where the attack took place, has seen an uptick in violence this year, with dozens kidnapped by armed militias and criminal gangs.   On August 07, 2015, an earthquake killed  2 children and one soldier in Bukavu South Kivu province.  A government spokesperson said that a 5.8 magnitude earthquake  had shaken eastern Democratic Republic of Congo early Friday August 07, 2015, causing the death of at least two children and one soldier injuring several other people. The epicentre of the earthquake was located close to Lake Tanganyika near Bukavu, the capital of the South Kivu province. He said a house collapsed  and caused some cracks in buildings near the airport in Bukavu. The earthquake could also be felt in Goma, the capital of the North Kivu province which is about 217km by land on the north end of Lake Kivu.   We had the tremor in Goma but we were not affected. 

OUR MINISTRY

Despite the violence, earthquake and hardships Christians in Eastern DRC have not lost hope.  They continue to pray and preach the Word of God.    Our ministry is teaching and training these church leaders.  It is the church that can bring changes in Goma and DRC.    We thank God that we have identified a good office space in a central location in Goma. We are asking you to pray that God will provide US$500.00 monthly for rent and the current tenant will vacate the house.   He was supposed to vacate the premises on August 26, 2015. 

Leadership Changes

http://cdn.24.co.za/files/Cms/General/d/2475/d4a75348af80468abe6a0cc5a3d9190d.jpgUnited Nations soldiers continue to provide security around Goma and its environs.  But what Congolese people need is the security that God can provide.   We continue to work with CBCO helping with the church in church planting and missions here in Goma.   On August 28, 2015 CBCO elected a new Secretary General (president).  Pray for Rev. Fidele Bauvudista as he takes on the new role as Secretary General of CBCO.  Also pray for Pastor Pierre as he continues to lead our missions’ team.   Apollo had an opportunity to travel to Kinshasa to meet with the Missions Team and Richard Flemming to evaluate our work in Eastern DRC.  The CBCO leadership continues to support our being and work in Goma despite the challenges of security and ministering in a new culture and context.  The two congregations are growing and the need for space to meet for worship continues.   The congregations which meet in homes continue to grow are looking for a place to rent as they trust God to provide. 

Leadership Training

 We continue to mentor and train church leaders and young people, in evangelism and missions.  Currently we are meeting to plan for the months of September to December 2015 and January –May 2016.  We are also training the young people on how to follow-up and disciple new converts.  Several people accepted Christ while others rededicated their lives to Christ during their last campaigns.     We are helping the Christian youth to have a passion for reaching the unsaved in DRC.  Half of the populations are young people under 18 years of age.   DRC has a population of 72 million people. Lois is also training women in Food and nutrition and Bible studies.  She is continue to work with pastors wives and local women.

The need for Bibles is increasing as we have discovered that some church leaders do not have any training in Bible and Theology or/and do not have Bibles.  We have bougtht some Swahili and French Bibles to that effect to give out but are not enough.  To buy a Bible in Goma is US$10.00. 

GRADUATION

On June 5th 2015 Hannah graduated from University of British Columbia Okanagan campus in Kelowna. We were thankful to God that we were able to attend her graduation.   We returned to Goma on July 12, 2015.    Dixon will finish sometime this year.  Pray for Hannah as she plans to go Law school.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Thank God for protecting us from a Malaria outbreak in Goma in August 2015 and for church leaders who have received our training tol train others.
  2. Pray for Rev. Fidele Bauvudista the new president of CBCO and Esther’s work in Goma. Also pray for us as we meet and plan for the coming months.
  3. Thank God for safety and opportunity to minister. For those who accepted Christ and for a follow-up and discipleship team we are going to train.

Thank you for your prayers and Support , Apollo and Lois Midigo

Dear Friends

We want to thank you for your regular financial and prayer support.  We have seen how God has protected us from the earthquake and Malaria epidemic that was experienced in the months of July and August 2015.  The residents of Goma said that they have never seen such malaria epidemic.  For us we know that many people are praying for us and we want to thank you for your continued prayer support.  The coming months are also going to be critical in that we have many seminars and training planned for the months of September to December 2015 and the coming year.

We continue to see God’s protection both physically and spiritually.  May God bless you as you pray for us.  Without your giving we could not be able to do what we are doing, we are very grateful to God and to you.

Thank You

Yours in Christ

Apollo and Lois Midigo

 

PEACE ONE DAY                                                                                                            June, 2015

Zechariah 7:9-10 (NIV) 09 This is what the Lord almighty say: “Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. 10 Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.”

Eastern, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where 1997-2003 conflict resulted in millions of deaths remains plagued by dozens of armed groups that prey on the local population and exploit the region’s vast reserves of minerals (Gold, Tin, Diamonds, Coltan, etc.).  Many attacks are blamed on rebels from neighboring countries who operate within Congolese boundaries.  Over one million have been killed with the same numbers being displaced and are refugees in their own country Women and girls suffer the most from high rates of violence and extreme poverty during times of conflicts.  Nowhere is this true than in eastern DRC which has grappled with wars, civil strife and multiple rebellions since 1998.  The use of rape and sexual assault to terrorize other tribes is rampant. Not a week goes by without reports of fighting in the eastern DRC.  Violence and destruction have ravaged the region for two decades claiming more than 5 million lives. .  Beni town which is 200 Kilometers from Goma has been hard hit by killings.

 Despite the violence and hardships Christians in Eastern DRC have not lost hope.  They continue to pray that one day God will bring peace in DRC and the rest of the world where there is no peace. Our job is to support these Christians.  It is the church that can bring changes in societies.   

SECURITY AND MINISTRY

Due to the volatile situation in Goma we cannot allow people to come to our home or know where we live. We need a neutral place we can meet and train church leaders. We thank God that we have identified a good office space in a central location in Goma. We are asking you to pray that God will provide US$500.00 monthly for rent. 

Leadership Training:

Through our training in leadership, missions and pastoral counselling seminars, we are able to discuss how the Word of God can change people’s lives through salvation in Jesus Christ and transform individuals and the nation.  We are engaging pastors to address the issues of tribalism in the church and teaching of the Word of God.  If society is going to change it must start with the Church.  Christians forgiving one another and working together as the body of Christ.  Then Christian leaders can teach about forgiveness and reconciliation.  Just like Jonah they can cross borders to preach the message of salvation even to their enemies.

  The answer to human suffering and peace is found in Christ Jesus (Hebrew 13:20; Isaiah 9:6-7).    We continue to work with CBCO helping with the church planting work that Esther (CBCO’s missionary) is doing here in Goma.   Currently we have two congregations and as the congregations grow they are looking for a place to rent as they trust God to provide finances so that they can buy land and build their own church buildings.

MENTORING FUTURE LEADERS

C:\Users\Apollo\Pictures\2014-09-21 Goma sept 14\Goma sept 14 020.JPG We continue to mentor and train young people, in evangelism and missions.  Recently our youth group went out to do evangelism in the city of Goma.  Several people accepted Christ while others rededicated their lives to Christ.  Further outreach is planned in the fall. They are looking for music instruments to use in evangelism and compose Christian music which they can sell CDs and DVDs to support evangelistic outreach.   We are helping the Christian youth to have a passion for reaching the unsaved in DRC.  Half of the populations are young people under 18 years of age.   DRC has a population of 72 million people.

LEADERSHIP SEMINARS

Praise God we have been able to do several leadership training in churches in Goma.  We teach church leadership, and Church admistration in the local churches. Lois is also training women in Food and nutrition and Bible studies. She has preached (speaking) when Apollo was in another church training church leaders.

As we train leaders we are able to answer questions from the Bible on topics such as: suffering, jealousy, witchcraft, family, marriage, forgiveness and reconciliation.

In teaching these leaders we are discovering that some church leaders do not have any training in Bible and Theology. Some do not have Bibles.  We are planning to buy Bibles in Swahili and French to give to those who attend and finish our training seminars.  To buy a a Bible in Goma is US$10.00.  The same Bible in Canada is CAN$20.00 plus transportation costs to Goma. We have also identify some qualified pastors who we can provide resources so that they can train other church leaders.  Illiteracy is a big problem here in DRC as the majority of people have not been able to attend school due to regular conflicts. We are preparing materials for training pastors and women leaders in pastoral counselling. Pastors have no resources to help women and girls who have been abused and sexually violated by soldiers.   

GRADUATION

Hannah is graduating on June 05, 2015 from University of British Columbia Okanagan campus in Kelowna. We are here in Canada to attend her graduation.  We arrived on May 08, 2015 and we will be returning to Goma in early July 2015.  We will be in BC June 01-June 08, 2015 and then return to Hamilton Ontario until early July. To contact us: 289-700-0049.  Please pray for Hannah and Dixon

 

Prayer Requests:

1)Pray for church leaders who have received our training that they will train others.

2)Pray for safety for women and girls who continue being raped by soldiers.

3)Thank God for safety and opportunity to minister. And for those who accepted Christ.

4)Pray for the 20 young people  we are mentoring in evangelism and missions

5)Pray for the denominational leaders who have problems with tribalism, jealousy, and leadership.

6)Pray for Esther, CBCO leadership in Kinshasa and their missions Department

7)Pray that we will be able to raise $500.00 a month for rent. If you are able to contribute to this project please contact our office in Guelph.

Thank You for all your financial support and prayers. May God bless you abundantly and meet your needs.  We also remember you in our prayers.    

Thank You,    

Apollo and Lois Midigo

 

 

 

May 2015

Dear Friends
We want to thank you for praying for us regularly and for your support.  Currently we are in Ontario to visit our supporters and churches.  But the other reason that we are here is to attend Hannah's graduation on June 05, 2015 who is graduating from UBC at their  Okanagan  Campus in Kelowna .  We will be flying to BC on June 01, 2015 and return to Ontario June 08, 2015.  We would love to connect with by phone or have a short visit if it is possible.  We plan to return to Goma early July  2015. Our  telephone contact is  (289)-700-0049.  Pray for us as we travel in Canada and for the Congolese leaders in DRC.   Also pray for Hannah and Dixon as they plan for their future. We are very thankful that we have identified an office in Goma which will help us in our ministry. Pray that we will be able to raise the monthly rent of US$500.00. May God bless you as you serve Him.  Thank You. Apollo and Lois

Midigos, Democratic Republic of Congo

February 2015 

 We have not been able to communicate since December 2014 to February 2015. The Democratic Republic of Congo moved to close all communications in an attempt to quell public protests and clashes that left more than 45 people dead and others injured in Kinshasa and Goma.  Protests were happening because of the constitution amendments.  As in other African countries such as Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi the government claims that the internet and telephone communications are putting the security of the country at risk.  The internet is becoming as a means of expression of social unrest. Therefore the use of internet and use of mobile phone were shut down. Businesses and NGO’s were all affected by this move. We are grateful that the government has opened all communications again. . 

Communication is the imparting or exchanging of information.  We are continuing in communicating the scriptures to Congolese people.  In December 2014 we travelled to Kenya to find tools that would help us translate our teachings into Swahili language.  The majority people in Eastern DRC speak Swahili and French.  We have few Christian books and resources written in Swahili and French.  While in Kenya we were advised to delay our return because of the protests and clashes that happened in Kinshasa and Goma.  We are learning the discipline on how people use messages to generate meaning and across various contexts, cultures, channels and media.

Church Leaders:

 Since January 2015 we are meeting with Congolese church leaders to plan for trainings, workshops and seminars on Missions, church planting and pastoral counselling.  We continue to work with Esther, as she is doing church planting. She is looking for a bigger place to rent as members have increased.  

 Youth:  

 We continue to mentor and train young people, on evangelism and missions.  Pray for them as they look for musical instruments to use for crusades and evangelism.

ORPHANS

Recently we met a street boy who had an infection in his ear which was oozing with puss and now he is laid in the local government hospital and we have contacted Christian medical personnel to follow up with his case.

Due to war eastern DRC has the highest number of orphans and widows.   Pray for one of the orphanages that have 32 children ranging from 3 to 14 years old.  They have problems with lack of food, medical care, clothing and school fees. We are having rain in Goma now and these children as sleeping in under leaking roofs.

Office: 

Please pray that we will have an office.  When we give training and seminars church leaders want to come and meet us as a follow-up but we cannot meet them in our home due to security reasons. We need to have a neutral place where people can come for follow-up and we cannot go to their churches due to the nature of security in Goma and its surroundings.  Some of these pastors come from areas where there are still fighting at the moment. Offices are available we trusting God to provide funds (US$500.00 per month) so that we can have an office in Goma where we can do training, and follow-up for pastors coming from areas where the security is not good.  

Prayer Requests:

  1. Pray for upcoming training in Goma and its environs pray for security and safety when we travel. 
  2. Pray for Lois’ ministry with women that they will use the skills they have learned in cooking and Bible studies
  3. Pray for orphans, widows and homeless elderly parents in Goma and environs.
  4. Pray for safety for women and girls who continue being raped by soldiers.
  5. Thank God for safety and opportunity to minister and that we can use internet and telephones to communicate.
  6. Pray for our children Dixon and Hannah who have financial needs. The places they were working closed or hours have been reduced. Pray that God will provide for them.
  7. Pray for the 20 young people who are looking for PA systems and musical instruments for preaching in market places.
  8. Pray for denominational leaders who have problems with tribalism, trust, and leadership.

Thank You for all your financial support, prayers and encouragements. We continue to pray for you that God will minister to you and meet your needs. May God bless you.   

Thank You,    Yours in His service,

Apollo and Lois Midigo

 

November 2014

 Dear Friends 

We want to thank you for your prayers and support we continue to see God’s protection every day. We know that it is your faithful prayers that are enabling us to serve God and your financial support also helps us to remain on the field.

Currently we have had some insecurity 200 km from Goma in Beni town where the rebels have started killing innocent people.  Mostly those who are affected and women and children.  When they attack they kill men and rape and torture women.  But so far Goma is relatively calm despite mugging and robbery at some parts of the city during the night.

The church planting work is going on and we are getting new believers every Sunday.  The challenge we face is that we don’t have a big place of worship.   Esther is using her house which can only host 10 to 15 people.  Pray that her sending church will provide money a bigger space.

 

Inline image 1We continue to pray that God will provide funds, for we have found a very good office space that we plan to use as a training centre for local pastors in areas of missions and church planting. When pastors come we train them on  how they can promote forgiveness and reconciliation in their commuinities.  In areas where we cannot go because of security reasons the pastors can come to our office then we provide training at the office. 

But we will have to come up with extra funds for rent.   We are being asked to pay US$500.00 a month. This is the cheapest we could get that would meet our missions work needs here in Goma.

We have big kitchen space which Lois could use the place for teaching women on Food and Nutrition. With space available she can teach Bible studies for women. The youth can come for seminars and missions training.  We could train women to self-support themselves by learning skills in sewing, baking and crafts (making baskets to sell by using materials that are locally available.  There is enough space for parking.

 

We continue to meet with young people we are mentoring weekly on evangelism and missions. Pray for them as most of them are students or are looking for jobs.  God is working in their lives and we are encouraged.

 

We are grateful for the team God is giving us so that we can pass on what God has taught us and allow Congolese church leaders.  We are also grate for your prayers and support.  God bless you and also provide for your needs.  Thank you very much.

 

In Christ ,   Apollo and Lois Midigo

 

 

 

 

 

October 2014

Dear Friends 

We want to thank you for your prayers and support we continue to see God’s protection every day. We know that it is your faithful prayers that are enabling us to serve God and your financial support also helps us to remain on the field. Thank you for helping us purchase a vehicle as we had to depend on public vehicles and Taxis.  The challenge we have to transfer the vehicle to our name and to take it for servicing. God is good and we are grateful for His provision and for you. God bless you.

We are grateful for the team God is giving us so that we can pass on what God has given us and allow Congolese church leaders to reach to unreached places in DRC.

God is opening more opportunities for ministry in churches and the coming of Esther to work with us has been a blessing.  We have seen good response to Lois teaching the women using Food and Nutrition and Bible Studies. Also our mentoring and training of the young people is also bearing fruit. We also remember you in our prayers. Thank you very much.     Apollo and Lois

 

 

PEACE ONE DAY                        September 30, 2014

Isaiah 32:17,18 (NIV) 17 The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. 18 My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.

On September 21, 2014 the world celebrated PEACE ONE DAY. Peace One Day is also known as the United Nations International Day.  This year the UN chose our City Goma as the place to have a peace concert at the airport. Goma Airport was closed for the day. Celebrities Akon and Jude Law from United Kingdom were the chief guests.  On this day each year the United Nations recognizes the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace. Goma peace concert overshadowed the DRC’s grim reality. Five hundred Soldiers from UN and Congolese army were brought to provide security for the concert but leaving vulnerable women and girls unprotected.  A 15 year old girl at the concert asked "Why did you think Goma is the best Congolese city to bring this concert?  It is the Congolese people who live without peace, with commonplace sexual violence and torture of women.  It is the rural areas that young people are lured or forced into association with armed groups.  It would be better to take this concert where the people are suffering for the organizers to see the reality.”   The organizers dodged the question by saying this was the best place to bring the concert. To support the girl’s sentiments a UN staffer said this "Everyone is needed to fight armed groups and then you take them to secure a party scene.   The Congolese are fed up of organizations who arrive announcing something huge and leaving again.  That’s what has been happening for the last 40 years.”  The Peace One Day left many people empty.  The answer to human suffering and peace is found in Christ Jesus (Hebrew 13:20; Isaiah 9:6-7)

ESTHER

Esther continues her work in church planting currently she is holding worship services on Sundays with an average of 20 people in attendance in her house.   She was sent to Goma by the Community Baptist Churches of Congo (CBCO) to work with us here in Goma.  We are working alongside with her in church planting and missions.  She is still looking for a place to rent.  However she is faced with many challenges in that her denomination is not sending her salary on time or they don’t send it at all but are expecting her to plant several churches in a short time.  

 

Youth:  

We continue to mentor and train young people, on evangelism and missions.  currently we have 20 young people. We meet 8 young people once a week and another 12 once a month at our home.  We are helping the Christian youth to have a passion for reaching the unsaved in DRC.  Half of the populations are young people  under 18 years of age.   DRC has a population of 72 million people. We also are hoping that we could have a team from Canada of young people or pastors who work with Youth to do some training for two weeks or more here in Goma.  If interested let us know or contact our office in Guelph Ontario.

 

ORPHANS

Due to war eastern DRC has the highest number of orphans and widows.   When Richard Fleming and Pastor Pierre were visiting from Kinshasa they were able to visit one of the orphanages in Goma.

This orphanage has 32 children ranging from 14 years to 3 years.  They have problems with lack of food, medical care, clothing and school fees.

 

Vehicle:

Praise God for providing a vehicle for us.  We were able to find a good second hand Four Wheel Drive disel vehicle.  It has all the documents.  Please pray as we transfer the vehicle into our name and do some repairs and buy four new wheels and a rooofrack .  We want to thank you for praying and giving toward the purchase of this vehicle.

Security and ministry:  

Sometimes we do get a police officer to accompany us when we are going to areas we believe that are not safe. Goma is safe but also we still take precautions when in doubt.  We continue to train church leaders in Leadership, Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Missions. We are preparing materials for training pastors and women leaders in pastoral counselling. Pastors have no resources to help women and girls who have been abused and sexually violated by soldiers.   Last week we met denominational leaders from North Kivu province in Goma and shared our work with them.

 

Prayer Requests:

  1. Pray for orphans, widows and homeless elderly parents in Goma and environs.

  2. Pray for safety for women and girls who continue being raped by soldiers.

  3. Thank God for safety and opportunity to minister.

  4. Pray for our children Dixon and Hannah although they had summer jobs last summer they still have financial needs that God would provide for them.

  5. Pray for the 20 young people  we are mentoring in evangelism and missions

  6. Pray for the denominational leaders who have problems with tribalism, trust, and leadership.

  7. Pray for Esther’s salary and a place to rent for a worship service.  

  8. Pray for an office, this will enable us to contact seminars and training in a neutral place. For our security we do not encourage people to come to our home for meetings.

Thank You for all your support and prayers. May God bless you very much and meet your needs.  We also remember you in our prayers.  Blessings,  

Thank You,    

Apollo and Lois Midigo

 

 

 

 

 

FOOD FOR THE SOUL                                                                                      August 19, 2014

 

 

Lois and the ladies

 

 

Lois started teaching women on June 13th, to August 01st 2014 at a local church about food and nutrition. Each lesson started with a Bible study titled wise women of the Bible.  The ladies were trained on how to plan a meal, hygiene and food preparations.  On August 01st 2014 the theories they learnt in class was put to test. Lois bought the food ingredients, spices, charcoal (gas) and paper utensils.  In every class she had an average of 30 women with varying ages.  Most of the women were single or widowed.  But on the final day some young girls watched as Lois showed the women on how to prepare and cook different types of food.  The women observed, participated and took notes on food preparation and cooking.  Among these ladies leaders were chosen who would pass on the knowledge to other local women.  Before these lessons women would only deep fry or boil food.  They were taught on how to use less oil and creativity in food preparations.  Since these classes were taught now young people and men are requesting their classes. The lessons were used as an opportunity to teach and train women the word of God and how they can minister to their saved and unsaved husbands and families.  Also they were encouraged to use these skills to start their own business in the food industry to earn a living.  The challenge for these women is that the majority are very poor.  We are thinking of how we can start a micro financing project to give to these women so that they can start a small business to support themselves and their families.  If they are not assisted some end up engaging in prostitutions and other methods of supporting themselves.  Currently Lois is doing a follow-up with the ladies in counselling and encouraging them to study God’s word and build their homes and marriages.

 

 

Esther and Lois

 

 

We are also very privileged to work with Esther.  She was sent to Goma by the Community Baptist Churches of Congo (CBCO) to work with us here in Goma.  We are working alongside with her in church planting and missions.  She has managed to start a Bible study group in her house and is meeting weekly with this small group. She is looking for a place to rent so that we can start a Sunday worship service.  However she is faced with many challenges in that her denomination is not sending her salary on time or they don’t send it at all but are expecting her to plant several churches in a short time.  She has paid her house rent until October.  Pray that CBCO would send her salary regularly and she will get funds to pay for a hall to start a Sunday worship service.  Together with Esther we have joined an evangelical pastors' fellowship here in Goma which meets once a month in different locations in the city. The meeting includes a Bible study and prayer for the province and the nation.

 

 

Mentoring Youth in our home

 

 

Youth:   We started mentoring 8 young people on evangelism and missions a month ago.  We meet 2 times a week at our home.  We are helping the Christian youth to have a passion for reaching the unsaved in DRC. Half the populations of young people in DRC are under 18 years of age.  When war breaks the rebels usually abduct young boys and train them to be soldiers.  Most of them are not educated and jobless.  They are from different evangelical denominations here in Goma.  Starting September 2014 we will be meeting once so that they can begin to mentor other young people in their local churches.

 

On June 30th Apollo started training on the family, and reconciliation until July 31st, 2014.   On JULY 25-27 2014, Apollo spoke at SYMPOSIUM SUR LA RECONCILIATION LA COHABITATION ET LA PAIX DURABLE A L’EST DELA RD CONGO POST-CONFLIT.  This conference was organized by Minister of Employment and Works in the national government.  He is from eastern DRC.  He wants religious leaders to promote peace and reconciliation.  Apollo was asked to be the main speaker among other local leaders. During the sessions the media was recording and broadcasting the recorded sessions.  And on the last day of the conference Apollo was interviewed on Hope TV which is a national television station.  He addressed issues on leadership, forgiveness and reconciliation to religious leaders.  We had leaders from Protestants churches, Kimbagusite Church (that mixes Christianity and African Traditional Religion), etc. Apollo has had opportunities to preach in local churches every week.

 

On August 10, Apollo spoke to another youth group on evangelism and Music.  Congolese love to sing and music can be used as an instrument of evangelism and outreach to many people in DRC.

Vehicle:

Many used cars are available but we are told it is hard to know if the vehicle documents are legitimate.   We have received offers from local and outside DRC and are looking at them. We are praying and doing our best to get a good 4W Drive at a reasonable price. Pray for us as we look.

 

FRENCH Classes: 

We started French lessons on July 11, 2014.  We meet twice a week.  The lessons here are more expensive compared to Kinshasa but we can now say: Comment ca va. 

Swahili translations: 

There has been high demand on our trainings that we have done.   We need to translate our materials in Kiswahili and French.  We need books, and dictionaries in Swahili which are not available here. We must get these books in Kenya or Tanzania.  In Kenya we would be able to use libraries and also get Swahili dictionaries and commentaries.

As a result of our training many people are requesting a follow-up but we don’t have an office where these people can come for counselling and training.  We are praying that God will provide an office soon for us. There have been several requests to train pastors and women leaders in pastoral counselling for women and girls who have been abused and sexually violated by soldiers. 

Prayer Requests:

Pray for orphans, widows and homeless elderly parents in Goma and environs.

  1. Pray for safety for women and girls who continue being raped by soldiers.

  2. Thank God for safety and opportunity to minister.

  3. Pray for the women Lois was teaching and training on Food and Nutrition and for the Bible studies she gave every week before she started her training.

  4. Pray for the youth we are mentoring in evangelism and missions

  5. Pray for the religious leaders Apollo spoke to on July 25th-27th 2014. And also pray for the minister who organized the reconciliation conference and the attendees that God will help them reconcile with themselves and other people from different tribes.

  6. Pray for Esther’s salary and a place to rent for a worship service. 

  7. Pray for our children Dixon and Hannah for school fees in September 2014.

    Thank You for all your support and prayers. May God bless you very much and meet your needs.  We also remember you in our prayers every day.  

    Blessings

    Thank You,  

     Apollo and Lois

 

 

 

Dear friends                                    JULY 2014

We want to thank you for praying for us and for your financial support.   Currently we are starting to get busy here in Goma. Lois has been meeting with ladies regularly teaching them from God’s Word of how to be a Christian woman.  She is also training them in Food and Nutrition.

Apollo is also training church leaders and members about the family, forgiveness and reconciliation.  The church leaders are organizing future trainings that will bring pastors together to discuss ways of addressing church planting in the context of suffering.  Many families have suffered and also displaced.  Pastors are looking of ways of reaching displaced people as well as promote peace among the tribes.

Apart from training leaders Apollo has been preaching on Sundays.  One of the things we have noticed there are no old people in churches. In many cases we are the only old people in the congregation.   The old people we find in the churches are in their forties and if you are very old you are in your early fifties.  The reason is that many old people died during the war or have been abandoned by their children due to hardships.  When you walk in Goma city you will see them cleaning the streets of Goma and are paid US$ 1.00 per day.   Others are begging on the streets.  In order to abandon them their children will accuse them of practicing witchcraft. In most cases the daughter-in-laws are the first to raise the alarm.  Then the old people are chased away from their homes and lands.  Most families abandon their parents by claiming that their parents are witches.  These behaviors are very un-African. Africans honor their parents and any person who is old.  We find it disheartening but that is the reality on the ground. War in this region has changed the society everyone is thinking on how to survive.

As we continue to interact and minister in churches the need for counselling is great.  Currently we do not have an office or a place to use for training leaders and counselors.  Our prayer is that we will train pastors across denominational lines in pastoral care and counselling as well as forgiveness, justice and reconciliation.   We are praying that God will provide an office.

We are also grateful that the Community Baptist of Congo (CBCO) has sent Esther to work with us.  We continue to meet together regularly to plan on how we can do church planting and missions.   The thing that is holding Esther to proceed there are government regulations for church planting.  She has to obtain permits from the provincial government to have a church meeting in public.  There have been cases of unauthorized churches taking advantages of the poor and suffering that the government is trying to curb.  People have opened churches and swindled money from church goers then disappears. Once she receives all the documents we will be able to plant a church here in Goma.

Outside Goma city we still hear cases of women and girls being raped by people in army uniforms. It is not clear whether these are Congolese or rebel soldiers.  We also have pastors and evangelists who are in need of Bibles and Hymn books which were stolen or destroyed during the rebel attacks on villages.   There have been skirmishes on the borders of DRC and Rwanda and also DRC and Uganda whereby soldiers and civilians have been killed.

During our training and preaching we have witnessed people come to know the Lord or rededicate their lives to Christ.  People have experienced terrible suffering emotionally, physically and spiritually.  Many people have lost hope but we are also seeing God’s work in individuals and families.  Part of the issues we are dealing with is witchcraft people have turned to it for protection.  This has taken hold even among Christians.  We are teaching them that the power of Christ is powerful than the witchdoctors and witches.  It is the Word of God that will liberate them from sin and witchcraft.

So far Goma has been quiet and the presence of United Nations and African Union solders has brought calm in the city.  But still people are careful at night because of robbery and physical attacks from Congolese soldiers who are poorly paid.

On the other hand there are many widows and orphans in the city of Goma. We have made visits to these orphans which are poorly maintained.  Some women live in shelters, internally displaced people camps and or leave with relatives.  Worse young girls and women have turned to prostitution to survive and take care of their families.  There are many orphans in DRC and especially in eastern provinces where fighting has left many children orphans. We would be happy to send pictures of these orphans so that your Sunday school children can pray for them.  Please let us know if that is possible.

We are still looking for an office and a good four-wheel vehicle.  We have been able to look at the vehicles here in Goma but the good used vehicles are expensive and have proper documents.  Another challenge we are facing is that many vehicles do not have proper government documents which means you can only drive them locally and bribe the police all the time.  We are looking for a vehicle within our budget but it is becoming difficult to find one with proper papers. We will need added funds to get a good used vehicle with all the papers that will also allow us to cross into neighboring provinces and countries for ministry.  

Prayer Requests:

  1. Praying that God will provide an office and a good used four-wheel drive

  2. Pray for security, orphans, widows and homeless elderly parents in Goma and Eastern DRC.

  3. Pray for women and girls who continue being raped by soldiers (government and/or Rebels).  

  4. Thank God for good health and safety and opportunity to minister.

  5. Thank God for those who have accepted Christ as personal Savior.

  6. Pray that God will provide money to buy  Bibles and Hymns for pastors in remote areas of DRC

Thank you for your continued support and prayers . May God bless you,                                                   Thank you    Apollo and Lois Midigo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 2014

Dear Friends

We want to thank you for your prayers and support.  God is helping us to adjust to the culture and climate. We have been blessed to meet new people and church leaders.  While this is a challenge for us we are learning to trust God and wait patiently.  The words of Paul to Philemon have been an encouragement to us:

"I always thank God for you Philemon because I keep hearing of your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and your love for all of God's people.  You are generous because of your faith. And I am praying that you will really put your generosity to work, for in so doing you will come to an understanding of all the good things we can do for Christ. I myself have gained much joy and comfort from your love my brother, because your kindness has so often refreshed the hearts of God's people". (Philemon 4-7).

These words have been an encouragement for us as we know you do pray for us and your financial support enables us to be here. God bless you. Thank You. Apollo and Lois

 

June 1/14

Hi everyone
We hope all is going on well with you.  We are doing well things are settling down.  We are still looking for an office.  It is taking longer because offices are expensive but also we are looking for a safe place.  Goma is relatively very peaceful and quiet since the UN and African Union (AU) have taken control of the city however some areas outside Goma city there are still rebel activities or Congolese army soldiers. Last week the Congolese army soldiers went on the streets demonstrating that they have not been paid for several months now.  That is why they ask for bribes or rob people at night.  Where we are we are safe people walk or drive past our home at night. Now, we cannot work form our home because of security reasons.  Please pray that we will find an affordable office and in a safe area.   Pray that God will provide funds to pay for rent because this will be an added expense.  When we worked in Kinshasa the church provided an office for us.  Here in Goma we have to have an office outside our home. We thank God for safety and good health.  As we work here we do pray for you. . Greet everyone on our behalf.  Thank You. Apollo and Lois