Pastor Didi Panzo
Recent Updates from the DRC
Didi and Serafina have returned home safely from their trip to Addis Abba, in Ethiopia. He met with Dr. Gemechis Buba of the NALC and Dr. William Obaga of the World Mission Prayer League.
The purpose was to discuss God’s mission in Africa. They had an opportunity to visit the Lead Star Theological School in Addis & talk about how the various organizations can work together. There were eleven church members from a Lutheran church in Minnesota who were in Ethiopia at the same time.
On the return trip to Boma, they had a brief visit in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenya is making progress, better than the DRC. Dr. Obaga came back to Boma with Didi to learn more about Didi’s proposal for a shelter for orphans and women. This will be a complex plan, including likely needing a board of directors.
Didi is continuing to teach at a school some distance from Boma three days a week. The road is not good and there are several towns to pass through. The towns are not any more prosperous than Boma.
Please continue to pray for the safety of Didi and Serafina. Boma is often beset with political unrest. It is hard to predict when or where that might break out. In many places people have no employment and they have trouble feeding their families.
Natives of Angola and now US citizens, Pastor Didi Panzo and family recently completed 3 years of service in Equador among the marginalized.
They have recently redeployed to the Democratic Republic of the Congo where they are focusing on community development, counseling, and spiritual guidance. They are able to serve in this capacity thanks to a strategic partnership between World Mission Prayer League, Christian Community Development Network (CCDN), and the North American Lutheran Church (NALC).
Didi & Serafina are stationed in western Congo where local leaders have expressed an acute need for empowering families who are facing conflict and crisis – especially women in domestic violence and children enduring many kinds of abuse. The goal is to facilitate emotional and spiritual rehabilitation as they are pointed to Christ, the only one who can heal such wounds. Local Lutheran congregations are eager to collaborate and so build their own capacity to respond in a similar fashion. Dr. Panzo will also be teaching on a part-time basis at the Lutheran Theological Institute in Kinshasa.
Please pray for Didi and Serafina as they enter the field, assess the needs, and take up this crucial work. Also pray for their youngest two children, Nicole and Sarah, as they stay with their adult sister in the States so that they may attend to their studies.
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