Pastor Didi Panzo
Recent Updates from the DRC
Didi is alone in Boma, as Serafina is in Pennsylvania with their children. He is getting into the hottest time of the year in Boma, with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees F.
Didi spends about 3 days a week in Tshela, at a seminary. The head of the seminary is in Kinshasa, working his own education. As a result, Didi has the administrative responsibility for the (approx 60) students, as well as teaching. Tshela is a considerable distance from Boma, meaning he is unable to help farmers, orphans or victims of family violence in Boma when he is in Tshela. Still, he has made some progress. There has been some help for farmers. They often do not have enough funds left over from the last harvest to purchase seeds for the next year. Didi has assisted with the startup costs. The farmers grow many of the same vegetables as we eat in Colorado. When he is in Boma, and counseling women who have been abused, he is able to give them something safe to drink.
We are hopeful in 2018 there will be funds to give them something nutritious to eat as well. With the unrest in the DRC, please pray for the safety of Didi and those to whom he ministers. When the internet and electricity is working, Didi appreciates receiving emails of encouragement. His address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.