And I sought for a man among them that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Ezekiel 22:30 (KJV)
Loving and supporting those willing to “Stand in the Gap”
Letter from Bill and Ann Clemmer residing in the Congo.
We write often about the challenges faced by most who live in this part of the world where we serve. Volcanic eruptions, outbreaks of Ebola, constant threats from militia groups in the surrounding hills. There are also hundreds of children who live on the street in the city of Goma, our home in eastern Congo. Many are orphans: parents killed by the militia or succumbed to disease, others abandoned by families unable to care for them. They are ever present in the streets, sleeping on the sidewalks, begging for food at car windows...ragged and thin. Bill and I moved to Goma in 2016 and passed these children every day on our way to work, we would glance at them, think how sad....and then continue on our way.
After the volcanic eruption of 2021 many of these children came to Sunday school...desperate for clothing, something to eat, shelter. As we prayed about how to help them with the limited resources, we simply started with what we had (clothing, food, etc.). In short time, God provided funding for a new building, for a full time day program; and then additional funding for a full time day program; and then additional funding for a transit shelter at night. We named our program Beloved Children; just as God sees them. The program has been running for over a year and continues to bless not just the children, but us as well. Now as we drive through the streets of Goma, it is different. I see them, not as a reminder of the violence, diseases or conflict among us.....but as children who God dearly loves and who challenges us to love them the same.
Submitted by Polly McCormick
American Baptist Women News
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a restful start to the New Year. If weather permits our meeting will be Saturday, February 10th in Friendship Center at. 1:00 p.m. Our theme is “Remembering Our Shut-ins”. It will be a working meeting. Some will be making Valentines and others will be decorating cookies to take to the shut-ins. Polly McCormick is hostess and Beth Smith will have devotions.
If any of you have other ideas let me know also we can incorporate them. We need to let the shut-ins know that we are thinking of them. Come join the fun as we work together.
Polly McCormick, President.
American Baptist Women