Pastor Didi Panzo
Recent Updates from the DRC
For now, Didi sounds safe in Boma. Serafina is in Pennsylvania, visiting their children. She will be there for a couple of months. Didi’s vehicle is fixed. He is once again able to travel around, but the roads and drivers are not very good. It is a bit of a lonely time for Didi with his wife away. If anyone would like to send him an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) he would surely appreciate it. He has been active helping, teaching and counseling young people who have been in abusive situations. They share the word of God and provide some food for them.
As we move into winter in Colorado, the DRC is moving into the hottest time of the year and temperatures often approach 100⁰ F. We have set up two accounts for Didi, at BFLC. One, called “Support”, provides for his salary and living expenses, including medical and retirement. The other, called “Ministry” provides funds for Didi to use when he is helping farmers, orphans or abused children. He is, however, still sounding limited by funding to help with much of the many needs in Boma.
Please continue to pray for his health and safety as there is considerable unrest in the Congo.
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.
If you are led to contribute to this important mission you may contact the Black Forest Lutheran Church office or donate directly to the World Mission Prayer League by clicking the button below.