Congo Mission Trip: July 2019

July 2019 North Katanga Experience

The tentative trip dates are the last two weeks in July. The cost of the trip is estimated to be between $4,000-$4,500. The first $1,000 is due by the end of November.

The Kamina Children’s Home provides a future with hope and possibility for 22 youth, ages 14-24. They are gifted, intelligent, faith-filled and beautiful children of God. The United Methodist Church in North Katanga and West Ohio have shown them that they matter, have a future and a purpose.

The focus for our experience will be youth engagement and discipleship, including team activities, bible study, work projects around the orphanage, and more! This international experience will happen July 2019. We are excited to learn with these young disciples about life in the DRC.

Team

  • 8-10 participants from Central City Church

  • 2 participants from other West Ohio Churches as trip leaders

  • Dee Stickley-Minor from WOC

  • Sabastien Kasongo with North Katanga UMC

Team Preparation

  • Monthly Team Meetings (November thru May)

  • Work through Helping Without Hurting for Short Term Missions

  • Conversations with Bishop Mande in November 2018

  • Conversations with local United Methodist Congolese

  • Learn basic Swahili and/or French

  • Learn basic cultural idiosyncrasies

Fundraising (Cost is estimated around $4,000)

  • Personal contribution from sacrificial living

  • Individual letter-writing to friends and family

  • Team-led banquet in early spring for Central City

  • Chick-fil-A or Chipotle fundraising event

Timeline

  • 1⁄4 cost due 11/30, 1/30, 3/30, 5/30

  • November: Meet Bishop Mande from North Katanga

  • February: Purchase airfare

  • April: Secure vaccinations

  • June: Pack supplies for Children’s Home

  • July: Travel to Kamina