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In 1998 civil war broke out in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the third largest nation in Africa, an area that is one of the richest patches of mineral wealth on the planet and with a population close to 50 million. The DRC has been criss-crossed with troops from neighboring countries and guerilla forces from within, all with varied interests in the political and economic future of this nation.

In the spring of 1999, while Bishop Nicholas Djomo was on retreat in Rome, rebel and Rwanda forces entered the Diocese of Tshumbe and assumed control. Effectively isolating Tshumbe and cutting it off from its supply lines for even the most basic goods.

When the Bishop returned to the diocese, he found the entire region had been ravaged by war. Economic activity had come to a standstill forcing many of the inhabitants to flee. Tshumbe’s health care system ceased to exist. Medicine and medical equipment has been looted and several facilities were either partially or completely destroyed along with other structures in the diocese.

The people of Tshumbe have begun the rebuilding process. They are trying to rebuild their lives, their homes, and their communities, but they cannot do it alone – the need your help!

THE WORD OF THE LORD:

“AND GOD IS ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH EVERY BLESSING IN ABUNDANCE, SO THAT BY ALWAYS HAVING ENOUGH OF EVERYTHING, YOU MAY SHARE ABUNDANTLY IN EVERY GOOD WORK.” (2 CORINTHIANS 9:8)