Report from the Congo

A LETTER FROM OUR FRIENDS

Dear Friends at FBC Palo Alto,

Greetings !

World cup fever has even come to Kikongo.

I am in the process distributing the soccer balls now.

Due to church politics, which means collaborating with the Congolese leadership, it has taken awhile to begin the distribution
process. We have churches scattered out all over the countryside and I have not been able to get to many places.

We did have some of the pastors come in for meetings, so some have gone out with them. Other soccer balls were distributed
by air in my amazing flying machine.

Of the 60 , I have distributed so far to twenty villages.

As soon as I put the request in for a project, I went ahead and ordered the soccer balls. I paid for them personally, and
then asked for reimbursement after the funds were sent to BIM.

 I will see how good our connection is today so that I can attach some photos for you.

Thanks for your support of the Congolese children !

Sincerely,
Glen and Rita

 

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The photos are of the local kids gathering their food; caterpillars, crickets, mushrooms, and a local spiney fruit. They consider themselves blessed to have such free food from the forest!

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January Mission Offering Update (1/22)

The special mission offering for January is sponsored by our children and youth.  It is for soccer balls for youth in the Congo 

Soccer Balls for Youth in Congo 

Soccer balls in CongoSoccer ball diplomacy helps to keep the youth active in church-related sports activities and boost morale. Sports have a positive effect on the community. When the youth aren’t bored, they aren’t tempted by dangerous past times. Nearly every village has a soccer field. Where none exists, the youth will work on clearing a field.

This project seeks to provide each village church with a soccer ball. Parish pastors and lay leaders in even smaller locations will also receive a ball. The churches will organize teams where the youth will learn teamwork, sportsmanship and how to get along with others.

So far we have received $472.50 toward our goal of $1,000 for 50 balls

Things are afoot…

Pastor TrippFriends of God,

It’s the middle of the week and much is afoot at First Baptist Church of Palo Alto.

We’re gearing up for the Annual Meeting on February 2. Be ready to stay late. There will be childcare.

Pastor Rick is preaching that day as he will have returned from his sabbatical. Let’s welcome him back warmly!

The kids are raising money to buy 50 soccer balls for the Congo. They sold cookies last week and raised $100 in cash. Thank you all for your generosity. Clearly, we have a way to go. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

The building is abuzz with activity from the various groups who reside here. Music, dance, healing, and food make for a powerful extension of our ministry of presence in this neighborhood.

This coming Sunday we will explore one more time what it means to be beloved. This time we’ll talk about being beloved and being one in Christ.  Really.  It’ll be fun. I hope you will join us for worship.

Bring a friend!

Peace and All Good Things,
Pastor Tripp

January Mission Offering Update (1/15)

The special mission offering for January is sponsored by our children and youth.  It is for soccer balls for youth in the Congo 

Soccer Balls for Youth in Congo 

Soccer balls in CongoSoccer ball diplomacy helps to keep the youth active in church-related sports activities and boost morale. Sports have a positive effect on the community. When the youth aren’t bored, they aren’t tempted by dangerous past times. Nearly every village has a soccer field. Where none exists, the youth will work on clearing a field.

This project seeks to provide each village church with a soccer ball. Parish pastors and lay leaders in even smaller locations will also receive a ball. The churches will organize teams where the youth will learn teamwork, sportsmanship and how to get along with others.

So far we have received $265 toward our goal of $1,000 for 50 balls

January Mission Offering: Soccer Balls for Congo

The special mission offering for January is sponsored by our children and youth.  It is for soccer balls for youth in the Congo. Here’s how the project is described by ABC-USA International Ministries:   

Soccer Balls for Youth in Congo 

Soccer balls in CongoSoccer ball diplomacy helps to keep the youth active in church-related sports activities and boost morale. Sports have a positive effect on the community. When the youth aren’t bored, they aren’t tempted by dangerous past times. Nearly every village has a soccer field. Where none exists, the youth will work on clearing a field.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is located in western Africa, this region has no TV, internet, phones or theaters. One way of bringing youth into the rural churches and establishing friendships, is through organized sports. Soccer is a good activity for gathering the youth and maintaining a good relationship with them. All villages have a soccer field, but what they don’t have are soccer balls, and quality ones are not available in Congo.

This project seeks to provide each village church with a soccer ball. Parish pastors and lay leaders in even smaller locations will also receive a ball. The churches will organize teams where the youth will learn teamwork, sportsmanship and how to get along with others.

A gift of $100 will provide 5 soccer balls. $250 will provide 12 balls, and $500 will provide 25 balls.
Goal: $1,000 for 50 balls.