Hope Centers for Children of Africa
May 13, 2011

Good morning everyone,
At our May Board meeting I opened with devotions, reading from Isaiah 1:17, “Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.”
To our supporters, we thank you for seeking justice and encouraging the oppressed and defending the orphans and pleading the case of the widows. Through your support we are able to seek justice by taking children from the streets and the bush. We are able to protect them by placing them in loving and caring homes.
Through your support, we are able to defend the cause of the fatherless by providing an education which will better prepare the orphans in adulthood.
Through the clinic we are able to provide free medical care for the children and offer medical care for the widows at a reduced cost.
Thank you for your continued support and today I ask for your prayer support as well. Many of you are already praying for the children, the widows and the staff of BCHC on a regular basis. We come to know and feel the power of your prayers in so many ways.
Today we ask for concentrated prayer in this time of elections in DR Congo. Bisoke and Furaha sent a communication last week informing us of civil unrest in the area. They are uncertain of safety within their community as the elections draw near.
Most likely the election process will involve two votes. The first vote will take place July 30th and if a presidential candidate does not receive at least 50% of the vote, the top two candidates will enter into another election process in November.
To date, there have been small skirmishes in neighboring communities. Please pray for peace in the Congo now and throughout the election process.
There may be another reason civil unrest is emerging. An article, Firms Seek Supply Route Around Conflict in Congo, written by Devon Maylie (Wall Street Journal, April 27, 2011) states;

A new U.S. law requires publicly traded companies to ensure key minerals in their products aren’t coming from the Congo’s rebel-controlled mines.

“The Dodd-Frank financial law, enacted last year, identifies four minerals, tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold that are mined in the Congo and are blamed for helping to fund violent conflict there.”

The final peace treaty was signed in January of 2008. Since that time, Bunia has enjoyed relative peace and quiet. Bunia continues to grow. Each time I visit Bunia, I see many new homes being built. We had to move the animal farm to another location because so many homes were being built in the area of the old animal farm. The herders were not able to take the cattle out for grazing without going across private property. Bunia has been growing because it is a safe place to live.
The election process and growing tension within rebel forces threaten the peace and tranquility many have come to know in the Bunia area.
Please unite with us in prayer for the children, the staff of BCHC and all Congolese, that our Lord’s divine intervention will place a blanket of calm and peace over DR Congo throughout this year.
Pray for the safety of all UN soldiers. Reports indicate an additional 3,000 UN troops from Europe will be added to the current numbers to oversee the election process and maintain peace.
I leave you with Isaiah 59:1, “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear.”

May He hear your prayers, especially throughout this year.
Thank you for your support and your prayers,

Glenn Mork, Hope Centers for Children of Africa

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