Archive for July, 2017

A new resource to stop child witch accusations

We are almost ready to launch a new resource to help church leaders handle accusations of witchcraft against children. This is very exciting as the resource has the potential to transform how whole communities view and treat children. We are now seeing the resource piloted, to ensure it is easy for pastors to use and as effective as it could possibly be.

Participants at the Kasai pilot event

The first pilot took place last month in Kasai, DRC. That this pilot even happened is a minor miracle, given the extreme unrest in the region. But the participants not only attended the event; they gave it their full attention and responded enthusiastically to the teaching material. Several of the participants report that their attitudes towards children have changed dramatically as a result.

A second pilot is in progress right now, in Togo. Please join us in giving thanks for such an encouraging outcome in Kasai, and in praying that the Togo pilot will be just as productive. We will bring you more news on the SCWA resource soon.

 

In the meantime, click here to find out more about our work addressing accusations of witchcraft against children.

 

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Why is no-one talking about this?

More than 3,300 people killed in just a few months. More than a million people displaced. Nearly 400,000 children left at risk of severe, acute malnutrition. The scale of the violence and upheaval in DR Congo – particularly in Kasai province – is staggering. Neither is this a sudden and unexpected development: trouble has been brewing for almost a year now, ever since President Kabila refused to stand down at the end of his second term. So it’s surprising and extremely disappointing that so few people outside the DRC are aware of what’s going on or seem to care about stopping it. Why is no-one talking about the violence in Kasai?

UNICEF say they need US$40.2 million for their relief effort in the region. We hope and pray that will be forthcoming soon. There seems a fairly glaring need for peacekeepers, too, but nobody seems keen to commit troops to that, right now. So, we’re also praying that will change. There’s nothing else we can do. But as we pray, we remember that our God moves mountains and that Jesus is the Prince of Peace, and we don’t lose heart. Please keep Congo in your own prayers, too.

 

Click here to find out more about what our partners are doing in DR Congo.

 

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