National & International

November: Congo

The West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church supports a wide variety of mission partners, both local and global, in advancing our common mission to 'make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.' Each month, we will join together in praying for our brothers and sisters doing mission and ministry around the world.

The North Katanga Episcopal Area is one of the fastest growing in The United Methodist Church worldwide. One reason is the church’s investment in local communities within North Katanga, particularly in the areas of medical care, education, farming, and caring for youth. In isolated areas of the Congo, the inaccessibility of medical care often complicates treatment for those who are ill. The United Methodist Church has built clinics and hospitals to offer compassionate care, and also provides an aviation ministry to ferry seriously ill patients to larger cities. The Church has built schools to provide affordable education to students of all ages, and the Kamina Children’s Home provides a home for youth who were orphaned during the country’s civil war. At Kamisamba Farm, a training school helps local farmers learn sustainable farming practices, while also growing produce and raising livestock that can help feed local communities. With all it is doing in God’s name, it’s no wonder The United Methodist Church in North Katanga is growing!

 

This month, please pray for:

  • Week 1: The doctors and nurses caring for people through United Methodist hospitals and clinics.
  • Week 2: Wings of the Morning aviation ministry, along with missionary pilot Gaston Ntambo and radio operator Jeanne Ntambo.
  • Week 3: The youth of the Kamina Children’s Home as they attend college, start small businesses, and learn to become independent.
  • Week 4: Kamisamba Farm to continue to thrive, teaching more farmers how to grow food in sustainable ways.

Never doubt that your prayers make a difference!


Wings of the Morning

Gaston Ntambo operates a small plane carrying supplies and medicine to communities in the North Ktanga region of Africa. Armstrong and other churches in the West Ohio Conference contributed to funding the plane. 

 

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Haiti

Faith Academy near Croix-des-Bouquets Haiti. 

The church was originally built, with financial support from Armstrong and other churches, to serve as a daily chapel for the 300+ students at Faith Academy.  In addition, they have employed a regular pastor to expand the church into a community church. Pictured above is a recent worship service, attended by over 300 people from the surrounding community.


Armstrong has  funded the construction of an apartment for the pastor and his family. They will live on the grounds at Faith Academy, to further the community outreach of the church.  Pictures is the kitchen in the new house for the Pastor at Faith Academy. 

The Pastor and his family had formerly lived a 45-minute to one hour can ride away, which limited the time that could be spent on-campus at Faith Academy. With the move, the Pastor and his family will be on-campus full time, allowing them to broaden their ministry to the school, and most importantly to extend their reach into the surrounding community.

  Armstrong is also working with other churches to fund and build a chicken coop and egg producing operation.  When it is up and running, the 200+ hens are expected to produce at least one egg a day for each of the 140 children in the orphanage there.  These eggs will be a significant improvement to their diet, in a country where food remains scarce. 

 

Faith Academy

Faith Academy, Haiti


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