January 17, 2007

GO, GO, CONGO:

Miracle Vote: Churches in the Democratic Republic of the Congo rejoice over first free elections in 46 years. (Isaac Phiri, 1/17/2007, Christianity Today)

When CT last traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo, ministers prayed passionately and tearfully for an end to war. They prayed for successful elections later in the year. They asked for a miracle.

Peaceful elections on October 29 led the BBC to acknowledge, "That miracle appears to have taken place." [...]

"Church leaders are unanimous in thanking God," said Gwendolyn Lusi, who operates a health service ministry in Goma. "There were many attempts to destabilize the process. The whole thing could have turned into a catastrophe." [...]

The October runoff was even more intense. Isaac Mwanaume, pastor of one of the largest churches in northeast Congo, organized prayer conferences. World Vision's Goma office launched more peace and reconciliation programs. Mennonite churches arranged for outside observers and trained thousands as mediators.

"The church is everywhere," the BBC reported. "Taxi drivers play gospel music."

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 17, 2007 12:00 AM
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