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