I'm writing to let you know that after much prayer and seeking
counsel, I have accepted the call to become the pastor of the
International Protestant Church of Kinshasa. Both Jill and I are very
excited about this new ministry opportunity to reach out to the
growing group of English speakers here in Kinshasa, from businessmen
to diplomats, who have left their home countries to work in Congo. Our
church is uniquely positioned to minister to these people and with
God's help we will.
I want to be clear that we have taken this ministry on in addition to
the work that we are doing at the Pastor's Institute in Kikongo and
with the Women's Center at Mitendi. Those ministries are very close to
our hearts and we do not feel that it is time to move on from there.
The church has been very understanding and supportive of our primary
ministries and will arrange to fill the pulpit for the Sunday that I
will miss each month when traveling to Kikongo.
I also want to emphasize that this is a non-paying position. The
church is being very generous in helping with ministry expenses such
as telephone and transportation. The church has even agreed to provide
transportation funds for my flights to Kikongo, which was a big prayer
concern. However, we will not be receiving a salary for this part of
our ministry in Congo. We still need your support to make this all
As I said, Jill and I are very excited about this new ministry
opportunity. It seems that God is making it possible for us to work
with the poorest of the poor in the villages, as well as to work with
some of the most powerful people in Kinshasa. It's a crazy thing and I
don't know how we got here, but God has always been faithful.
Please keep us in your prayers. I know that we are going to be
stretched during the next few months. We have to learn the ropes and
find our way in a new ministry. I'm sure I'll make lots of mistakes.
Pray that I can remember that "God's grace is sufficient for me." II
Thanks again for all of your support,