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The Congo Widows Mission Project
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The idea for the NCC Congo Widows Mission Project came from a chance meeting in the cafeteria at the 2010 General Conference Session in Atlanta. NCC Women’s Ministries coordinator Mary Jo Lauderdale met Pastor Gasore “Jean” Bazungu, ministerial secretary of the North East Congo Attached Territory.

As they talked, Pastor Bazungu described the great needs of the 450,000 widows in his territory, including numerous Seventh-day Adventists. Many women have lost their husbands due to wars and HIV/AIDS. Others have been abandoned by their husbands after the women were assaulted by tribal enemies. Pastor Bazungu wept as he described how these women struggle to provide for themselves and their children.

Lauderdale’s heart was moved by the plight of the women. With a Master’s degree in biblical counseling, she has conducted grief and loss seminars nationwide. After returning to California, Lauderdale began rewriting her syllabi and presentations for the Congo widows. Her materials were translated into three languages and are now used as evangelistic tools throughout the region.

Convinced that the “chance” meeting wasn’t a coincidence, Lauderdale felt called to further action. In January 2011, the NCC Women’s Ministries Advisory Board voted to raise at least $100,000 for the widows. Some of these funds will be used to buy goats (about $50 each), which will help provide food, offspring and fertilizer. The Advisory Board also hopes to work with Maranatha Volunteers International to build churches and school complexes in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This mission project plans to build churches and school complexes, and to give goats to each widow. Join us in making a difference in these widows’ lives.

Why Give Goats?
  • Goats are a valuable asset for families and communities around the world, but many people cannot afford them.
  • Goats can graze even on poor, dry land unsuitable for other livestock.
  • Goat milk can be made into cheese or yogurt to be sold.
  • Goat manure can be used to fertilize gardens and fields.
  • Goats have two or three kids per year, and the offspring can be sold or used to start a small herd.
  • Families can use the extra money to pay for food, medicine and education.

The following can be combined into one presentation:
NCC Women's Ministries Congo Widows Mission Project - Part 1
NCC Women's Ministries Congo Widows Misison Project - Part 2

2016 Leadership Conference Congo Report

Congo Widows Project Brochure.pdf

You can help by giving $50 per goat which gives financial independence for a Congo widow.
We are raising funds for a churches, schools and a clinic.
  1. By Check - Send a check to NCC Women’s Ministries, Congo Widows Mission Project, P.O. Box 23165, Pleasant Hill, CA  94523. Make checks out to “NCC Congo Widows Mission Project.”
  2. By Tithe Envelope - Place cash or a check in a tithe envelope, mark it “NCC Congo Widows Mission Project” and put the envelope in your church’s offering plate.
  3. Online - Click here to log in to Adventist Giving.
  4. With Your Prayers - Keep the widows and orphans of the Congo in your prayers.
Willow the Goat is the mascot for the Congo Widows Mission Project. He visited the Northern California Conference Women's Ministries booth at this year's Redwood Camp Meeting.

Congo Project Brochure

Congo Christmas Appeal

Congo Widows Mission Project 3ABN

Kyeshero Church Building Project
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