Sitting with David Kasali in his office just now are 5 men and women of deep faith--prayer warriors who have stayed at the Kasali household this weekend to pray for the work of Congo Initiative, UCBC, and its people. They are elders from Oicha. Their beautiful, black, Congolese faces are etched with experience, wisdom, and compassion. When I met them last evening, each one greeted me with kindness and a love that was palpable. Our common language was Christ. Last night they prayed for several hours at the Kasali household. This afternoon they are walking through the buildings and across the property, praying for God's blessing and protection. I do not have to know the Swahili or Lingala or Kinandi they are speaking. I know they are claiming God's promises for this place.
|David Mudeya and children|
Outside is David Mudeya, a UCBC student, leading about 30 children in glorious, joyful song. David leads a ministry called, Enfance Aimée de Jésus (EAJ). The English translation is, “Children loved by Jesus.” Every Sunday and Tuesday, he gathers neighborhood children to sing, play games, and teach about Jesus. David’s face shines with love and joy. The children laugh and sing. They pay attention and respond to his cajoling, gentle correction, and tenderness. There are no toys, no books, no movies or DVDs, no art supplies or crafts. Just praise and the love of Jesus.