|Pastor Gregoire on Safari in 2014|
Pastor Gregorie, our Radio Kahuzi journalist, and Richard Lugano who is part of our team and owns the local Internet Coffee Cafe, just returned from a trip to areas of Congo where Kathy grew up at Mwanga, Kayembe, Wamaza, and Kasongo.
|Richard Lugano did the driving|
|Kathy in the cotton patch at Wamaza with her special friend.|
Lenny & Hope Anderson, Eldora Kinkead, Betty Frier,
Baba & Mama Vi,
Vern & Bonnie Terpstra with all the children
|Fred and Millie Bahler, Kathy's parents began their missionary |
service shortly after graduating from Moody Bible Institute.
Fred flew his small plane over the jungle for 35 years.
|Among those early pioneers, faithful servants of the Lord, |
Wayne and Phyllis Schoonover are home in Glory.
The road leading up the hill to the houses and church is still lined on both sides by huge productive Mango and Guava trees, that provide a good economy for their regular harvest and sale in distant markets.
|Hearing of God's love for the first time|
|Pastor Gregoire 2nd from right sharing how to be|
reconciled to each other and to God.
Gregoire and Lugano interviewed pastors and others all along the journey coming and going during the week long safari from Bukavu to Avira near Bujumbura, up to Baraka, and through the Territory of FIZI and into the Province of Manama--well over 800 kilometers (497 + miles). All Radio Kahuzi listeners reported enjoying our Shortwave programming and a signal quality of "5 over 5"...EXCELLENT!
|The villages look much the same as in Kathy's days growing up.|
At one point Gregoire was arrested by security officers for taking pictures, but when they saw his Radio Kahuzi ID, they thanked him for sharing the Gospel with them and keeping them well informed with the local and National news several times each day; some shared that Radio Kahuzi was their only source of radio programming, others said it was their favorite.
|Pastor Mutangi (Enoki Paul) the happy warrior for the Lord...|
now in Glory but his fruit remains.
Later, when some did not believe he had converted, he prepared some bacon and ate it to end their debating the issue. He had a long life of fruitful administration there and helped build the very large Grace Church that continues to be very productive after some 60 years or more.
|With new friends from the village|
Richard Lugano rings the old church bell.
"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." Isaiah 55: 11.