International Ministries

What we do

May 20, 2009 Journal
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Dear friends, 

I just got an email from one of our supporting churches in Ohio. The church wanted a little background on who we are and what we are doing in order to continue their support for next year. After I wrote the response, I thought that maybe some of you might need a clearer description of the same things. So, here it is...

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Hello Linda,

Thank you for your interest and support of our work in Congo. We
really appreciate your prayers as we seek God's guidance in this
ministry.

We have two web sites that would be useful to you. The first is our
personal web site: www.melandjel.org . It has lots of stories of
things we have done recently. The second site is our official page on
the International Ministries web site:
www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/75 . This site has more
official information and a place to donate, etc. The questions that
you listed below may be answered on one of these web sites, but I will
try to do a quick response.

My wife and I work in several different areas based on the needs that
we see and the gifts that God has given us. Jill works with women at
risk at the Mitendi Women's Center. She helps to teach women new
skills so that they can support themselves in a healthy manner. She
also works with the National Women's Office and with youth in Congo.
Lately a big part of her work has been to make it possible for church
groups to visit Congo in order to do short term missions projects. She
has a gift of hospitality and has really been appreciated by visiting
groups.

My work generally centers around the Pastor's Institute of Kikongo. I
teach three classes there: Christian Education, Systematic Theology
and Theology of the New Testament. I also am on the Board of Directors
of the Institute and work closely with the Treasurer to make sure that
we are following our budget. I'm involved in some development work in
Kikongo. We hope to have our first harvest of an avocado orchard this
year. Additionally, I usually help with the work groups that come to
Kikongo for short term missions. Apart from these duties I am also the
Mission Treasurer and keep track of funds that have been sent to our
missionaries and partners for the work in Congo and I'm on the Board
of Trustees for our local church in Kinshasa.

The "soil" in Congo is very fertile. In fact, this has been one of the
most fertile fields for American Baptist Missions. We have trained
evangelists that work in their regions to bring people to the Lord and
establish churches. We are training pastors to take the pulpits in
those churches in order to disciple the believers and to help them to
mature in their faith. We are also establishing Women's and Youth
programs to meet the spiritual needs of those groups. The work of
American Baptist missionaries in Congo has always set a priority on
leadership training and that continues until today. We work in
partnership with the local church (CBCO) to help them to reach their
goals and to accomplish the work of the Great Commission.

Currently, our prayer and support needs converge around our need to
raise 100% of our support goal by September 30, 2009. We have been
told that if we don't reach our goal by that time that we will not be
returning to Congo. A generous donor has agreed to match gifts until
June 30, so we are concentrating on that for the moment. After that we
will need ongoing monthly support to be able to continue our ministry
in Congo. I'm attaching information for the Matching Gifts as well as
the ongoing pledges for our support. I hope you find this helpful.

The support that we receive from you church is very important to our
work. We would be very grateful if your church would consider putting
us on your annual missions budget. We would also be very grateful for
the support of individuals within your church.

Thank you again for your support of missions in Congo.

May God bless you as you seek to follow Him,


Mike and Jill Lowery
Democratic Republic of Congo