Republic of the Congo
The DR Congo is one of the world’s most neglected displacement crises.19.6 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. The Conflict has destroyed livelihoods and left communities struggling to provide for their most basic needs. Pray that Medair will be able to provide medicines and nutrition treatment to the most vulnerable populations. Pray for our teams to overcome logistical challenges to import life-saving resources. Ask God to bless our community engagement efforts around prevention, and for the Congolese people to understand the importance of getting vaccinated.
We have been working with a radio team in Congo Brazzaville to replace their broken transmitter and perform maintenance on their radio studios and antenna tower. New training videos dubbed into French are also being used there to train new radio presenters. Praise God that gospel broadcasts from this radio station are now reaching deep into the jungle. Pray for real impact on local people, as a result of these programmes, and for many to choose to follow Jesus.
As Mama Louise's vision deteriorated, life became increasingly difficult. She got lost when she went to her plantations because she could no longer see. She had to stop going and people stole everything, so she could no longer cook for her family. Her daughter had to give up her job to stay home to look after her and make sure that she was safe. Now, as a result of a cataract operation at the Pioneer Christian Hospital in Congo, Mama Louise can see again, and her life has improved dramatically. Pray for the New Sight Eye Clinic at the Pioneer Hospital, that patients will receive physical and spiritual sight for the first time.
More than 100,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have recently fled across the border to the Republic of Congo, close to the Pioneer Christian Hospital in Impfondo, where a new Christian radio station has been installed. The station is broadcasting a message of peace in the midst of this unrest. Pray for safety for the station personnel and an ability to keep the message of the Good News on the air so that the refugees can be encouraged and know that Jesus loves them, even in the midst of these horrific days.
Population: 4,662,446 (2014)
Official languages: French
GDP (PPP) per capita: $6,720 (2016 est.)
Life expectancy: 57 years
Religions: 48% indigenous beliefs, 40% Catholic, 9% Protestant, 2% Muslim, 1% other religions