Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Help Now - howFar Medical Clinic Emergency

Mothers waiting to see a nurse. howFar Clinic - Mudja, DR Congo 

"I would like to tell you that there is a new strong epidemic (epidemic) of vomiting and diarrhea which arose in Mudja since April 5th and unfortunately a child of 6 has died with it this 7th April. 

Because of that, many persons at least 26 per day are coming to the clinic, consequently, we still have a little medecines that can only last one day. We are praying God to have more medecines so that our people would not die. God bless you in your arrangements."

Congo Director - John Mundola. howFar Medical Clinic - Mudja, DR Congo. April 7, 2015.

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All donations received this week will go directly to purchase medicine for the howFar Clinic!

DR Congo Director, John Mundola, at howFar's Mudja Clinic
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Meet Fenweli - Congo Orphanage Upate

To support our war orphans at the How Far Orphanage in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Donate Today!


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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Back to Africa - July 2014

Renee & I are delighted to head back to Africa on July 10. 

We will meet Jim Kelly, How Far Foundation Board President, in Taveta, Kenya on July 11. Jim departed, with his family, for Tanzania and Kenya on July 3. The Kelly Team of six will tour and serve in several of howFar's projects in Maasai Villages and explore the vast and enchanting wilderness along the Kenya Tanzania border.

On July 13 we will celebrate the 9th Anniversary of the planting of howFar's first African Church - Lake Jipe Orkung'u Baptist Church.  

Then Renee, Jim and I will fly to Kigali, Rwanda to meet a team from Atlanta, Georgia. Our combined team will lead two large outdoor crusades - one in Kagina, Rwanda and the second in Mudja, DR Congo. 

While in Goma, DR Congo we will minister at howFar's Abused Women's Center and War Widows Center, at The How Far Foundation Orphanage, and at our Medical Clinic in Mudja.

Watch for stories of what God is doing from the field!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Seven New howFar Churches in 2013!

God contuniues to grow His church in northeastern DR Congo! The howFar team, led by Pastor John Kilimbanyi, has planted 7 new churches in 2013.

Pastor John Kilimbanyi & Mark Maynard in Goma - 2013

There are now five churches near the City of Goma in North Kivu Province and three in the city of Bakavu in South Kivu Provence.

North & South Kivu Provinces Border Rwanda and Burundi

Here are the eight churches in Eastern DR Congo and their pastors.

Pray for these new churches and pastors as they minister in one of the poorest countries in the world.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Muramvya Community Church Complete

The church we planted in 2008 at Murumvya, Burundi is now complete.. The long process of acquiring land and government permits to construct the church is now over.  
Robert Gubala and Mark Maynard

The church was constructed with under the supervision of my African son, Robert Gabula, howFar's Construction Superintendent. Robert has built churches and schools across eastern Africa for howFar Ministries, The How Far Foundation, and Crimson Foundation for Education.

We affectionately call him Bob the Builder!

Mark Maynard Preaching at Murumvya, Burundi

The church was dedicated in August of the year by howFar Founder and Missionary Mark Maynard, Pastor Renovaunt who, and Gene Mason.

Mark Maynard and Gene Mason pray for new believers.

Two young men respond to the gospel after Mark Maynard preaches from Romans 10:13. "Whoever will call on the Name of the Lord will be saved."

The church reaches Batwa Pygmies who until we engaged them where listed as a 1.2 by The Joshua Project on the Progress Scale. A 1.2 describes a people group as: Evangelicals greater than 0.01%, but less than or equal to 2%. Professing Christians less than or equal to 5%.
Joshua Project Progress Scale
The Joshua Project Progress Scale is an estimate of the progress of church planting among a people group or country. The Progress Scale is derived from values for Percent Evangelical and Percent Christian Adherent. However, for a few hundred people groups the Joshua Project Scale settings have been manually assigned, and are not derived from religion percentages.
Level Description
Unreached / Least-Reached
Less than 2% Evangelicals and
Less than 5% Christian Adherents
Very few, if any, known Evangelicals.
Professing Christians less than or equal to 5%.
Evangelicals greater than 0.01%, but less than or equal to 2%.
Professing Christians less than or equal to 5%.
Formative / Nominal Church
Less than 2% Evangelicals and
Greater than 5% Christian Adherents
Very few, if any, known Evangelicals.
Professing Christians greater than 5%.
Evangelicals greater than 0.01%, but less than or equal to 2%.
Professing Christians greater than 5%.
Significant / Established Church
Greater than 2% Evangelicals
Evangelicals greater than 2%, but less than or equal to 5%.
Evangelicals greater than 5%.

Just five years after we began our work among the Twa they are listed as an 3.2, the highest level on the Progress Scale.

We are thanking God for the work He has done amoung the Batwa people group and for those of you who haven given financially to give this beautiful gift to God's chosen at Muramvya, Burundi.

About Burundi

Small, poor, densely populated, and landlocked, Burundi lies just south of the Equator in central Africa. From the capital, Bujumbura, on Lake Tanganyika, a great escarpment rises to fertile highlands. Agriculture employs 90 percent of the people, with most being subsistence farmers. Since independence in 1962, Burundi has been plagued by ethnic conflict between the majority Hutus and the Tutsis, who tend to dominate the government and army—but are only 14 percent of the population. A 2003 cease-fire and new government offer hope for peace. Source: National Geographic

Fast Facts

Bujumbura; 378,000
27,834 square kilometers (10,747 square miles) Slghtly smaller then the State of Maryland.
Kirundi, French, Swahili
Roman Catholic, indigenous beliefs, Muslim, Protestant
Burundi franc
Life Expectancy:
GDP per Capita:
U.S. $500
Literacy Percent: