In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, churches have been working together to educate and fight against COVID-19. A taskforce has already been in place for disaster awareness, and it is now focusing its efforts on this global pandemic. The taskforce combines resources from Nazarene Compassionate Ministries and the Child Sponsorship program to provide for children and families in need.

According to Rev. Célestin Chishibanji, “young people are at the front line working with ladies” in this project. These young people work in two different areas. Nazarene Compassionate Ministries has an existing agricultural project growing maize, sweet potatoes, beans, cassava roots, and vegetables. In this disaster time, this food is being offered to the most vulnerable in the community. In addition to providing food, the team has worked with a partner to design a hand washing machine that will provide a more hygienic option for washing hands. This machine uses foot pedals to control the water and soap. The team has been able to purchase 2 machines already, and is preparing to purchase 3 more.           

This taskforce is working and thinking creatively to serve others. They saw a need and have used their resources to serve those around them. We are proud of the church in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for taking on this initiative and being Christ to those around them. May we all be inspired by their example to join together in serving our communities in the fight against COVID-19.

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