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Mingling Tears and Joy #VBS #DRC #RDC

Shouting for Joy

My youngest son, our wide-eyed Congolese-American son, worries when I cry at church or another event. He doesn’t quite get the crying for joy, crying for relief, crying with praise. This came to mind because I was reading:

And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid” [after years of exile in Babylon] “Yet many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers’ households, the old men who had seen the first temple, wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, while many shouted aloud for joy, so that people could not distinguish the sound of the shout of joy from the sounds of the weeping of the people, for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the sound was heard far away. (Ezra 3:11b-13)

On any given Sunday the loud (at our church) praise songs are going up while also there are those that weep.

How can I describe my joy, my thanksgiving when we brought our sons home from Africa. They were orphans no more. They are my children, those God brought to us as surely as any birthed child.

Yet there are many others living without in Congo. Without parents, or without daily food, or without education to rise above their circumstances. My son does not remember his times of weeping in a metal shack or on the mud street in front of it. My husband and I knew our work in Congo was not done. God gave me a great friend with a vision to help and serve her people, to lay a new foundation on the edge of a city with almost a million people. A city where there are no summer programs for children except what we offer through our education project. A city where at the end of this summer 160+ children will have the opportunity to sing and shout for joy during 2 weeks of Vacation Bible School.

I join my dear friend and our Congo team weeping both for what is not and for what is, for the children without and for those with. We shout for joy in praise. We pray for God’s provision as $2150 in donations has come for our Congo VBS, as another $2000 has been pledged toward our $7000 budget that includes renting a site, transporting our volunteers, a small breakfast and lunch for our 160 kids, and more. Perhaps you know someone who could help, someone known to weep for problems in our world, someone who wants to make a difference in the foundation and project we are building at Future Hope Africa knowing that

Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting (Psalm 126:5)

Please share our crowdfundraising info with people you know who care.

–Kristin

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Big Thanks!

Screen Shot 2018-01-10 at 9.40.16 PMI wanted to share this message from our charity and tell you how heartfelt the thanks is.

–Kristin

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Posted by on January 11, 2018 in Future Hope Africa

 

Meet our Students – Joyce MUKE #Africa

Meet our students in Congo. This is the first in a series for my cause, Future Hope Africa. Check it out.

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My name is Sandrine KALUME. I am one of the teachers working with FHA to assist the children in their schoolwork at the Future Hope Africa Center in Nguba, in Bukavu. I have a degree in computers and I teach a homework class for the children at the Center.Joyce

I am anxious and excited to write about my cousin who is also attending the Center activities. His name is Joyce Mugisho Muke, and he is 14 years old. There has been such a positive change in his behavior and in his school grades that I wanted to tell you about him.

After 6 months of attending the Center’s activities, I have noticed a positive change in my cousin and I would like to share it. He started coming to the Center last September when the new school year launched.

My cousin was redoing his second year of secondary school because…

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Posted by on March 17, 2016 in Future Hope Africa

 

My Cause

I hope you have a cause, one that lies heavy on your heart in a good way. The good way is the one that motivates you to move. To make a difference. Even if it is for only this one. This one is yours. Reach out.

My cause is over on the right on my blog page. It is at the bottom of every email I send. Just in case. Someone else my be looking. May be drawn to share this with me and with the others volunteering time and resources for Future Hope Africa.

Africa. I am more likely to watch a report on central Africa than I am to watch a presidential debate. So I share this report, because I’ve been to the lake between Rwanda and DR Congo where our education center is located. I’ve crossed the bridge where armed guards stand wary on both sides.

There are always sides. Yet, there are always places where the two sides may meet…if they dare.

 

Congolese Nativity (4th Day of Christmas)

IMG_9763This day last year I was visiting our project in Bukavu, DR Congo. I blogged extensively about that trip and invite you take a look.

How I ended up spending Christmas and New Year in the Congo is a long story. One slice of that is the adoption of our two younger sons from Kinshasa. Today’s nativity set came from that capital along the Congo river.

If you’re having trouble finding the 3rd Wiseman (or is he a shepherd?), he’s standing on the pale rock to the left. His base was digested by a doggy visitor, so we stood him in the circular crevice of this stone from Denmark.

On the 4th day of Christmas, I give you a Congolese Nativity set carved in wood. Are you interested in Nativities from around the world? Check out WorldNativity.com.

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Kristin King is an author and co-founder of Future Hope Africa, a nonprofit working in East Congo to improve the lives of children and families through education. The NGO’s founding verse is Jeremiah 29:11.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2015 in Christmas, Future Hope Africa

 

Public Transport – Spotted in Africa

Public transport in Africa is fairly diverse. These were just some of the options spotted in East Congo during my trip to our educational mission. Hop on a cargo truck, take a ferry up Lake Kivu, pay the man hanging out of the white bus window, or get through traffic the quickest on the back of a moped. I confess the only one of these options I sampled was the white bus.IMG_0769IMG_0813 IMG_0809

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 Kristin King is an author, publisher and co-founder of the nonprofit Future Hope Africa which is based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is from Kentucky (USA) and lives as an expat in Holland.

 

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Z is for Zoomed By

IMG_0725(A to Z Blogs April 2015 – Back to Africa)

I love completion yet have an aversion to finishing things. So here it is half way through May and I’ve yet to post my last letter for the A to Z April Back to Africa. Today is the day, but I know there will be other posts. This last one, Z is for Zoomed By, will likely go on–become it’s own category perhaps. For now, though these are my closing sights from my trip to Africa.

  • Was that a Rwandan barn swallow? It swooped over the tea field to our right
  • An adobe type home has a silver metal circle set in the plaster to decorate above the front door entrance. It takes me a moment to realize it is a hubcap. Wonder if they saw that on Pinterest? You never know.
  • We follow a large flatbed truck with a short container. “67,200 lbs MAX,” the container’s rear says. Emblazoned on the side “Emirates Shipping.” We pass several of these.
  • Our driver accept 1/2mybeignet. We break bread together, Justin and Kristin. This moment of connection makes me smile.

    Hill side banana sales in East Congo

    Hill side banana sales in East Congo

  • A boy, maybe 8 or 9, with a staff is herding 11 goats.
  • So many little girls in their dresses and bald.
  • See a nicer building? Ask what it is. Answer, invariably, “A school.”

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 Kristin King is an author, publisher and co-founder of the nonprofit Future Hope Africa which is based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is from Kentucky (USA) and lives as an expat in Holland.

 

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