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Projects done in Congo by congregations that received Mission Match® funds

May - June 2008

Congregations in Illinois and Oregon purchase a truck for crop to market transportation in the Congo   (click to open/close)

Three American Baptist churches, including one in Illinois and two in Oregon, combined to help a Christian mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. According to the Mission Match application of one of the churches, "The goal was to purchase a seven-ton transport truck and establish regular collection routes for fresh manioc tubers and fresh palm fruit bunches." Another church wrote, the Ag Center in this part of the Congo "helps families improve production so they can feed and support their families. They must hand carry their crops across difficult terrain, 22 rugged kilometers, to get them to market." According to the application materials, other Christian organizations were assisting in the financial support for this truck along with these three Baptist churches. According to materials, this truck will aid struggling farmers, as well as help provide better food access and thus stop child deaths in the area. A truck had been only a dream for years because there are no bank loans available in the Congo. One congregation involved in this project said, "We wanted to help provide the truck and use the project as an education tool for our congregation. The response was terrific, as they understood the way a truck will help all the families. The 4th and 5th grade Sunday school classes asked the missionary in the Congo what project he would suggest for kids. The kids then raised funds to buy packets of seeds. They are excited about missions!" Comments from another congregation said, "Mission Match provided an incredible incentive to go above and beyond our normal giving habits. What a great opportunity to see God work."