By Barry Mosier
Our luggage swayed back and forth as we eased over another large rut in the road on the way back to the CFM (Congo Frontline Missions) campus. The weather was unusually dry and cool as we returned from our two month trip to America. What a blessing to move back into our house, see our workers and pets again, and especially to greet our CFM team.
Nathan Rittenour was relieved to have the families of Keith, Barry, and Mtenzi back again. He had kept things together all alone in Congo while the other three leaders attended the GC (General Conference) Session, as well as other meetings.
Attending the GC Session was a thrilling experience. The meetings were inspiring and encouraging. We watched our church make decisions for the future and praise God for His blessing in the past. Our booth was very busy as people from all over the world passed by. So many were interested to hear about the needs and the work in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We gave away almost 2,000 CFM dvds during the 10-day session. Just yesterday, someone from Malaysia wrote about showing the dvd to their church and how the congregation was inspired to get more involved in soul winning. We are excited about the sense of urgency to finish the work that we witnessed during the GC session and in churches this summer.
Kansas-Nebraska Campmeeting was another highlight of the summer. As we shared the hardships faced by the Pygmy people in recent years and the great needs of Congo, the members were touched. When the offering was taken for Sabbath school to launch new church planters in DRC, $6,638 was collected––enough to launch 11 church planters! Knowing the current condition of the US economy, we were quite overwhelmed by the generous response of God’s people. Although we sometimes hear that missions giving is dead, we saw that God’s Spirit still moves His people when they hear the needs in remote parts of the world.
At the end of our visit to America, we attended the ASI Convention in Florida. We were blessed to hear the exciting stories of laymen sharing their faith in ministries in businesses around the world. We were also blessed to receive a portion of the offering taken on Sabbath morning. Our project to print books in local languages and resurrect the literature evangelist ministry in NE Congo was awarded $20,000! What a blessing! Surely we are inspired to finish strong as we return to our work in DRC. Thank you for your prayers.