A growing crisis in DR Congo: prayer and support needed

The Ebola virus has been spreading in DR Congo at its fastest rate yet, according to the World Health Organization. Ebola is often a fatal disease, that is easily spread and not easily contained.

During the past several months in Eastern DR Congo where our SOW partner homes are located, there has been a record number of new documented cases, with spikes of around 50 cases in some areas reported per week. Unfortunately, emergency response to the outbreak has been difficult as Ebola treatment centers have been targeted and attacked by militia violence. In addition to the slow response, other factors that contribute to the fast spread include skepticism that the disease exists, lack of education around prevention and hygiene practices, and lack of access to basic medical care. Deaths that occur outside a hospital within a community also increases the risks of Ebola transmission.

One province that has been terrorized for years by over 120 known violent militia groups, has also become the epicenter of the Ebola breakout. In the midst of the chaos, our partner home, Compassion for Children in Distress is pleading for prayer warriors to rise up and whole heartedly pray for the situation in Dr. Congo.

“We are so thankful that although the Ebola epidemic is ravaging in Beni, Butembo and surrounding towns, not one child at the home as been infected” said Rev. Emmanuel Kiharami, Director of the home. “Last week, we saw two elderly neighbors who live close to the orphanage die from Ebola. We desperately need you to pray for the safety and protection of our children”.

Serving Orphans Worldwide partners with four children’s homes in DR. Congo. Combined, these homes provide home, health, faith and education to over 250 orphaned and vulnerable children. Most of the children have lost both parents due to conflict and war, HIV/ AIDS, displacement, and other fatal illnesses.

The situation in DR. Congo seems impossible without God’s supernatural intervention. As we continue to provide financial resources to aid these homes through these difficult time, we know that we must also cover every dollar and every need in prayer.

Our partner homes are asking for our SOW Prayer family to pray specifically over the following things:

  • Peace and stability in DR. Congo
  • The safety and protection of every child from disease and violence
  • Wisdom, resources and capacity to take in children as the orphan crisis is growing in DR. Congo
  • Financial resources to help pay rising medical bills

 

Anyone who can support one of our partner homes or sponsor a child will be making an immediate and tangible impact on the children in DR Congo. If you are not familiar with our model, literally 100% of your donation will go directly to meeting the needs in DR Congo and will not be spent on SOW admin, global travel, or US staff thanks to our sponsors.

Story by: Susan Anderson | Photo Credit: Ronnie Moseley with Capturing Grace

 

 

Some current children in need of sponsorship in Eastern DR Congo:

 

Jeanine 12 Years Old – DR Congo

Hi I'm Jeanine! Age 12 -  I currently live in Eastern DR Congo. Jeanine loves to…

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Jeanine 12 Years Old – DR Congo

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Hi I'm Jeanine!

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I currently live in Eastern DR Congo.

Jeanine loves to play handball with her friends, and is an exceptional student. She was double orphaned at an early age losing both parents at the same time. She loves to write and a big dream of hers is to be a journalist or editor one day.

 

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B’hati 10 Years Old – DR Congo

Hi I'm B'hati! Age 10 -  I currently live in Eastern DR Congo. B'hati is very…

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B’hati 10 Years Old – DR Congo

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Hi I'm B'hati!

Age 10 - 

I currently live in Eastern DR Congo.

B'hati is very athletic, and enjoys playing outside with his friends. So far, he has not ever attended school and does not know how to read or write. However, he dreams that one day soon he can catch up to some of his peers and start classes.

 

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Annah 11 Years Old – DR Congo

Hi I'm Annah! Age 11 -  I currently live in Eastern DR Congo. Annah is doing…

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Annah 11 Years Old – DR Congo

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Hi I'm Annah!

Age 11 - 

I currently live in Eastern DR Congo.

Annah is doing very well in school and dreams of being a medical worker one day. She speaks DR Congo dialect French and enjoys art. Sponsorship would help her continue to afford school fees after she finishes year 5.

 

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