The new college in Bukavu is now open!!!!

The new college in Bukavu is now open!!!!

We’re not finished yet though!

 

 

The new building and to the right the old building which we have done much to in previous years.

A wonderful time of celebration

On Sept 10th Pastor John Clack and I had the privilege of attending the opening of the new Bukavu Bible College.

After 2 amazing, stressful, exciting, adventurous years, the building was finally finished and we had the joy of participating in the celebrations which went on for 4hrs not counting the meal afterwards.

It was packed out including down the newly covered passageway and the lane outside.

After some songs from the choirs in the lane, John’s prayer of dedication and cutting the ribbon we all went inside and groups of pastors and others were taken on tours of the facilities.

It was a wonderful service and I was privileged to bring the Word of God.

I had dreamed 1yr before the message that I then actually preached about the dedication of the temple in 2 Chron 5 and when I sat down we experienced a quake which while not serious did remind us that this is God’s project and God is going to use it for his glory.

I have never seen Boniface so excited and happy as at this celebration. it has been a hard few years, and now it had finally come to fruition.

Boniface shared with the people how in 2010 he was ready to give up.

For many years he had had a vision for an international, interdenominational college that was a faith college and where students would learn about character and servanthood as well as theology, he had struggled to keep this vision going but no-one seemed to share that vision. He had lost family in the war and the college had been ransacked and destroyed and in a country where tribal identity is very important his open door policy was not accepted and any teachers willing to come, wanted paying – they didn’t understand his faith vision. So in 2010 he had had enough. He felt alone, he felt despairing and was going to give up.

That same year was when I visited Congo and he hosted me. He knew and loved my dad and that was why he hosted me. He and I had no idea what was to follow that visit. I only wanted to go on 1 visit where I had been born but God had other plans and 2010 saw the beginning of what culminated on Sept 10th 2016.

Praise God for his loving faithfulness!

8 major miracles have accompanied this build and £130,000 has been given by God’s faithful people to complete it. THANK YOU!

So what now?

While I was out there this time I met Gustav – a lovely Norwegian Pentecostal missionary married to Ingrid who is a wonderful missionary lady in charge of the Norwegian Pentecostal work in Congo. She has helped us so much. Gustav has just put solar energy into his home and he was sent from God to help us put solar energy into the college.  He has agreed to do the labour and for £10,000 I can put in 6 panels and the batteries to store the energy (there is no grid for the electricity to be stored) so I have committed us to do this. It will mean the college has no dependence on the unreliable system that is available in Bukavu.  This cost includes putting a hatch in the roof to access the panels on the 2nd floor to regularly clean them. We have already put in a system to provide water.

The project has always included sponsoring students. I aim to raise £220 per student per year which means they have 2/3 to find themselves, and now that we have the dormitories we aim to have 24 students residential in the college.

Helping with the teaching has also always been part of the project. God has graciously provided us with Charlene Harris, A wonderful American Pentecostal missionary who is based in Bukavu, who has helped us in many ways throughout the building phase and who is wiling to help with the teaching at the Bukavu Bible College. Charlene ran the Bible college for Reinhard Bonnke and already teaches in 7 Bible colleges throughout Africa on a regular basis. God’s favour is surely with this college and he is providing us with the best.

Eliana Whyte, principal of the International Bible Training Institute in Sussex (where I teach) has also agreed to a link between the two colleges and we are planning to go out together next September God willing. We will be discussing how that link will look in more detail in the coming months.

Masai Kahindi who is a missionary with AOG in Kenya has also agreed to become involved in this project. I respect him very much as a man of God and Spirit led. Swahili is his first language and he understands the African mind so will be a tremendous asset. God willing he hopes to come with us next Sept too.

God is beginning to reveal to us the future of leadership of the college but more of that in the near future

I am so thrilled at the way step by step God is providing for an exciting future for the college and making it into a college that will impact the whole of Congo with the love and power of God.

We still need you to invest in this college and to support the students, teachers, and help us to put the solar energy in.

Thank you again for all of you who have supported us in prayer and with finance. I am sure in the coming years you are going to hear exciting things about the college – the end is not yet!

Wonderful News!

We will be able to complete the college in time for the opening on the 10th September.

This is the area of Essence. Nearby is the Bible College

This is the area of Essence. Nearby is the Bible College

 

On June 26th, my church – Hope Church West Bromwich, held a special Bukavu morning. I presented the vision of the college, a little of its history and the history of Congo. There were 63 items pinned on cards on a board that covered everything we still need to complete the build.
While we ate lunch together my brothers and sisters were invited by our pastor – Simon Smailus to take a step of faith and ask God what they could believe him for to buy for the college. By the end of the lunch all the cards had been taken.
When my husband Dave and I totalled the figures £33,003 had been given or pledged to be given by mid August. Hallelujah!!!
I am so thrilled and so far just under £20,000 has already come in!
We have also heard exciting stories of how God has worked miracles for the individuals who have pledged to give so that they can keep their word.
This means that the college WILL be completed and furnished by the time we go for the opening.
The opening is going to be on Saturday the 10th September and as well as Pastor John Clack and me, Pastor Brian Niblock will be going and to represent World Ministries AOG UK Pastor Leigh Goodwin will be going. (Filip Ivanov is not now going).
Isn’t God amazing? It will mean that a total of £130,000 will have been given by God’s people and sent out to build the new college.
I hope while I am out there to take some film and photos to show you what the new Bible College looks like.
I am so grateful to the people of God who have faithfully given.

What next?

Because the money has come in so wonderfully I would like to press on with the last phase of the building which is to join up the old building with the new by means of a clear roof over the passageway. this was in the original plans by CAD architecture.

I am currently getting this costed up by Boniface.

I also want to provide bedding for the 24 students.

CAD architect's view of the clear roof over the passageway bringing the passageway inside and linking the two buildings

CAD architect’s view of the clear roof over the passageway bringing the passageway inside and linking the two buildings

 

Congo never stood a chance

Through the 16th and 17th centuries British, Dutch, Portugese and French slave traders raided the people of Congo, then in 1885 with the help of the explorer Stanley and backed by colonial Europe, King Leopold of Belgium ruled Congo as his own private state. He was brutal and conservative estimates are that 10 million Congolese died through human rights abuses under his rule. This caused an international scandal and Belgium took over from him. They did improved law and order and the infrastructure but left education to the catholic missionaries without real supervision as long as they taught colonialism and they treated the Congolese as second class. In 40yrs of Belgian rule only 16 Congolese graduated from university! This meant that when they fought and obtained independence they were not equipped to rule and corruption and violence grew exponentially. In 1998 a war broke out involving many other nations though initially principally between the Hutus and Tutsis that was to kill over five and a quarter million people and which still troubles Congo. During Belgian rule which was a colonial trinity of state, missionary and business, many good missionaries flooded into the country including my mum and dad (Idris and Ruth Parry), they saw a revival and I have a film clip of my dad and a Congolese pastor – Elijah Yuma baptising in the river hundreds of Congolese converts (See below – note that there is no sound).

 


When I started this project 2 different people at different times prophesied the same prophesy that I was to open the wells my father dug and I am believing God for a mighty move of his Spirit through the Bukavu Bible College. Please pray with me to see this happen.

The Shell is Complete

I am going to Bukavu with Pastor John Clack of Bethel church, Stonehouse and Filip Ivanov an evangelist from Macedonia for the grand opening of the new build in September this year!!

Praise God for His faithfulness

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This is the front of the church with the glass in the main door and plastering done to the pillars

Please pray for Boniface who has carried the project out in Congo and for a successor for him to be principal of the college

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The shell is  complete

I am delighted to report that the shell of the building is complete with the glass in.

The work to plaster, plumb, and fit electrics is well underway.

Downstairs is functioning and the lights are working and plumbing is done.

Upstairs still has to have everything internally done including the stud walling to make the rooms.

Money is only trickling in and we need £20,000 to complete the job.

God has been faithful and so have his people.

Altogether I have been able to send £93,000 out to Bukavu for the build. Isn’t that an amazing testimony to God’s provision and faithfulness? I know God will provide this last amount and am believing that will be in time to finish the building ready for the grand opening in September this year.

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Inside downstairs with lights on and glass in

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Side of church with glass in

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First shower in (still to tile etc)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chat to me? Gill on 01922 683060

Plastering downstairs ready for painting

Work is ongoing upstairs. here the glass has gone in

Work is ongoing upstairs. here the glass has gone in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The team going out for the opening of the Bible College. We are flying out on the 1st Sept (Filip is joining us a little later) and returning on the 14th September. Please pray for us as we go. As well as the opening we will be preaching, teaching and doing outreaches.

The team going out for the opening of the Bible College. We are flying out on the 1st Sept (Filip is joining us a little later) and returning on the 14th September. Please pray for us as we go. As well as the opening we will be preaching, teaching and doing outreaches.

We are so nearly there

Please can you help us finish this build?

Boniface has borrowed to get the top floor done – we need God to supply money to complete this build, and repay the loans. Please pray for us.  

Top floor walls are almost complete and so is the roof

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Inside ground floor now in use again!!

interior

They are using gallons and gallons of water and it all has to be carried in as the pipe isn’t working and they are being charged for every drop. The women are doing this job!

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I would love to come and talk at your church about the project. if you would like me to come please call me on 01922 683060 or email me at gill@bukavuproject.org.uk.

I am so grateful to all those who have sacrificially given to get the build as far as it is THANK YOU

Recently Boniface sent me an email, here is an excerpt:

‘I had been believing the resources would come in soon and trying to put sheets on before the rainy season arrive (September). Daniel (the really good builder from Rwanda) was also manacing (menacing) to leave and take another contract somewhere else as he was not sure how long it would take us to restart the construction after the temporal stop. So far we have come to the second lunton waiting only to lay down trusses and all that is needed to make the frame prior to the complete roofing. We have stopped there for the first floor. Yesterday we have only started  putting in some metal windows that were  still sitting on the site.  We have problem putting up the water tank. We did it once but we had to put it back down as the running water has not enough pressure to take it up to the tank. Will see what could be done in the future. The drains in front are already build up but not  covered yet.

So you can tell from this that they are up to the roof but Boniface has already borrowed nearly £7,000 and although I am sending money out as soon as it comes in we really need to make a push now to get the money out to him to finish the roof and upper walls and make the shell of the building watertight.

With your help we could get it completed before the rainy season in October.

There will still be a lot of work to do after, like electrics, plumbing, plastering, stud walling, ceilings, white goods,  furnishing and so on, but at least they will not be dependant on dry weather and nothing will spoil in the tropical rain.

Daniel is an excellent builder as Nick said in his blog and if he goes to another contract because we cannot continue with the work, we may have to wait a long long time to get him back. Good, honest builders are like gold and we don’t want to lose him.

They have so little in Congo and we have so much. This Bible college is going to make a significant difference to the work of God’s Kingdom in that region. Already it is making an impact in the area because of the standard of workmanship and in the direct area which is a very poor part of Bukavu the officials are impressed that something good is being built .
Other buildings nearby have no foundations at all and recently there was an earthquake of 5.6 – our building was in good shape after it but I wouldn’t like to be on the top floor of the other buildings nearby.
I want to finish the building so that we can get on with the real business of teaching men and women to go back to their towns and villages and not only preach the gospel but demonstrate it in lives of integrity and uprightness.
Please help us finish it.
I know if this was a project to help orphan children or sick children it would attract money from all sorts of places including secular organisations but because this is a project to build a Bible College only the church will respond and yet it is as vital for Congo as helping the children.
This means we are dependant on Christian men and women and churches to give.
We are so near please will you give even if only a little to get the building water tight?
Thank you