Pastor Didi Panzo
Recent Updates from the DRC
The daughters of Didi and Serafina, Nicole and Sarah, are safely back in Pennsylvania. They spent a month in Boma, with their parents. Both daughters had an opportunity to interact with the locals and eat local food. The women and children that Didi ministers to had an opportunity to meet his daughters. The girls got to see life without reliable electricity or Wifi in Boma.
For now, the Panzos think they are safe from civil unrest. There have been times when it would not have been wise to go out on the street. The president of the DRC is long past his term of office; yet he refuses to have elections for a successor. No one knows what the future might hold as the opposition is becoming increasingly unhappy.
We have been interacting with Didi in two areas: 1)Farmers and the benefit that they would gain from good seeds and fertilizer and 2) Improving the nutrition of the orphans Serafina is feeding. Helping with either is not a lot of money, but it requires a defined plan and WMPL approval. Also, there needs to be a means to reliably ship food to Boma.
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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