Over the past 12 months the ACDI Lusekele extension program has revived its agricultural extension and seed production programs. In farm tests of new improved peanut varieties, the newest addition to the national seed catalogue, Lusekele-2 peanuts, produced 3 times more than favorite local varieties. ACDI Lusekele has set its sights on rebuilding regional stocks of peanuts and black-eyed peas – two important keys to alleviating hunger and poverty in the Bandundu region.
The Baptist Convention of Congo (CBCO) wants to reach youth with the gospel through summer Bible camps. It’s a vital way of training children and gives teachers more experience for the future when new Sunday schools are established.
IM wants to give Twa Pygmy church leaders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo the opportunity to complete one month of training in the lay pastors training program that started in 2015.
It has been an extremely busy summer. Whew! There was the last push to finalize the lay pastor training program and get it to the printer. Then there was a month of intensive research and writing (in French, not my best language) the brief history of the CBCO Baptist women’s organization here, prepared for their 50th anniversary celebrations.
Some of you know that in June I unexpectedly started rather intense work on the Lingala revision of CBCO’s lay pastor training program.
I told Mama Luti’s story in January 2011. Mama Luti Makunu Mayumbu was one of our very first literacy graduates in the Vanga area. She had started school, but was pulled out in early primary school to care for her sick mom, who subsequently died. Then she continued to care for her younger brothers and sisters, and keep house for her dad.