Thursday, April 28, 2016

howFar Community Crusade - DR Congo

Pastor John frequently schedules outreach events within the surrounding villages.  Recently, he organized a crusade at a church in Goma, DR Congo.  He thanked everyone for their continued prayers, and was excited to say that in the midst of the rainy season, the weather was clear for the duration of the crusade.  The crusade had a few hundred in attendance, and Pastor John reported that ten people came to know Christ as their Savior on that day!

Crusade at howFar's Bethsaid Church
Some of those who were baptized after the crusade

Please continue to pray for these communities in the Congo.  To support our pastors and the work they are doing, click the link on the left of the page to donate!

Written by: Hillary Mackay, howFar Social Media and Marketing Specialist

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Haiti Mission Trip - April 2016:

We are excited for Diane Moffi, howFar Board Member and Director for Haiti, and her team of five, as they prepare for an upcoming trip to Haiti.  One of the orphanages they will visit on this trip is Foyer de Notre Dame de Fatima Orphanage, which houses 35-40 children.

One of the Children at Foyer de Notre Dame de Fatima Orphanage

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At this orphanage, they will paint, replace screen doors that will keep animals out of the kitchen, rework water pipes to create a better system and make plans for future plumbing work.  The team is also excited to be able to providing lunches each day for the orphans, which is a rarity for these children.

The kitchen at the orphanage - they will add screen doors to keep animals out

The dates of this trip are April 23-30, 2016.  Please pray for the Haiti team, as they work hard to support the people of Haiti, love on orphaned children, and share the gospel.

It is because of your support that this work is done.  Thank you for your prayers and donations.

Written by: Hillary Mackay, howFar Social Media and Marketing Specialist

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Changing the Pattern: Supporting Rape Victims and Orphans in the Congo

We recently shared with you an update about our howFar Abused Women's Centers and Widows Centers in the Congo.  Shortly after posting that update, TIME Magazine released an article titled, "The Secret War Crime" (linked below), discussing the issue of rape in war-torn African countries.  One of the countries discussed is the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is where much of our current work is being done.  

A woman and her baby sit outside a howFar Women's Center in DR Congo

Though this article is difficult to read, we feel that it is important to be informed about what is happening to the people of the Congo, and what we can do to change the vicious cycle.

Often times in Africa, the women do not have a voice - historically, there has been no punishment for rape, so when there are wars, the soldiers take advantage of the villages that they come into, knowing that they will have no consequences for their atrocious actions.  The TIME article says, "rape in war is as old as war itself." The article continues, with one of the women saying, 
"At least with a bullet, you die. But if you have been raped, you appear to the community like someone who is cursed. After rape, no one will talk to you; no man will see you. It’s a living death.”
The U.N. reports that 200,000 Congolese women and children have been raped during Congo’s long-simmering conflict. 

Not only are the women suffering from this injustice, but the children are too.  The children in our howFar orphanage in the Congo are there because of the constant warfare that has been present in the country for years.  Most of these children have witnessed their parents being killed right in front of their innocent eyes.  

The solution to this brutal and disturbing problem begins with you and me.  The way to bring about change, is to educate and care for the people of Africa.  If we can raise all 120 of the children in our orphanage, especially the young men, to understand that women are important, and that all people deserve respect - imagine what those 120 children will accomplish for their country as they grow!  If we continue to care for the abused women, and the widows, by providing counseling and medical help at our clinic, they will be able to face another day and help other victims.  

Please take the time to read the article below, make yourself aware of the devastation in the Congo, and learn about how you can help us change lives in the Congo!

TIME article:

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Written by: Hillary Mackay, howFar Social Media and Marketing Specialist

Friday, March 25, 2016

howFar in the Congo - Abused Women's Centers and Widows Centers

Renée Maynard, Co-Founder of howFar, helps to create opportunities for in-crisis women in the Congo.  To provide these opportunities, Renée put into action plans for the Abused Women's Centers, and Widows Centers, to teach women the skills they need to provide for themselves and their families.  There are currently five operating howFar women's centers in the Congo. 

Renée Maynard with one of our team leaders at a howFar Training Center for War Widows

howFar Abused Women's Center counsels and trains women who have been raped by soldiers. 
  • The North Kivu region, where the howFar Compound sits, has had the highest reported instances of rape in the entire world.
  • Women who have been raped are customarily shunned by their families and are forced onto the streets.

howFar Widows Center trains and counsels women who have lost their husbands in the war. 

Donate today to continue supporting these women in need!

howFar will you go?

Written by: Hillary Mackay, howFar Social Media and Marketing Specialist

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

howFar Clinic - Democratic Republic of the Congo

Thanks to your generous giving, we were able to send the monthly budget for our clinic in the Congo so that they could pay the nurses, and restock their shelves with much needed medical supplies.  The howFar Clinic is in a remote village where the only other medical care is a three hour walk for the villagers.  On average, our nurses see twenty patients a day.

howFar nurses receiving much needed medical supplies.

Written by: Hillary Mackay, howFar Social Media and Marketing Specialist

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Pastor John Visits howFar Congo Churches

Recently, our Country Director in the Congo, Pastor John, took a two-week trip by motorcycle to visit all of the howFar churches spread across eastern DRC. 

His message to us said, 
“Although the trip has been too long and tiresome, I enjoyed it.  Within a couple of weeks, I have experienced thing I had never before.”  
On his trip, he met with the pastors responsible for our churches, to check on them, and encourage them. 

howFar has planted churches in remote areas where there're no other churches.

Pastor John also documented the activity at each church, and how many members were at each one – we are excited to share that there are twelve churches, with more than 1250 members spread across the Congo!

Written by: Hillary Mackay, howFar Social Media and Marketing Specialist

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

howFar Orphanage - Day At The Lake

We have recently shared some stories and pictures of the children from the howFar orphanage going on some fun adventures.  There were three groups that split up to go on different filed trips - the first group took a boat trip across the lake, the second group was able to run free and play in a safe park, and the last group spent the day with some local fisherman on the water.

Our friend, Pastor John, wrote us to say that the children visited the net fishermen.  He said, "it has really been amising (amazing), children made a wonderful discovery."  In addition to the children enjoying this time of exploring new things, Pastor John also said, "Local leaders also thanked you when we informed them about the visit of our orphans."

Because of your support, we are not only providing for these orphans and giving them new experiences, but while doing this, we are also reaching the local leaders within the country.  This is a big deal, and we couldn't do it without you!

To continue helping us provide these wonderful opportunities, CLICK HERE:

 GoFundMe - Marks Kilimanjaro Climb for Orphan Education

Written by: Hillary Mackay, howFar Social Media and Marketing Specialist