Monday, November 2, 2009

Day 7 in the Congo

Our last day in Kinshasa. I am going to miss this place a great deal. I have become close friends with the crew here at Hope! The first day we arrived here, I will have to admit, I had fear. I felt like a million eyes were watching us and at times, did not feel safe. However, today, I felt at home with my local friends. No longer was it about different color skin, but, a love for the people and place. I will be a leaving a part of my heart here. These hard working people have left quite an impression on me! We finished filming today and got all of the imagery that was needed... Praise the Lord! Sarah and Nic are up late translating tonight and we fly out early tomorrow! Thanks SO much for your prayers!!! We are very excited about how this project is coming together! We begin our voyage home in the morning! Bonsoir

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Day 6 in the Congo

The Congo is such a beautiful place, full of so many sweet people. We have had the priveledge to visit three local homes where each family has made us feel so welcome. There are over 10 million people here and the majority are struggling to meet daily needs. You can see the desperation on their faces when they approach you to buy their products on the street. The need here is great. However, I have met some who have a great joy because they have businesses that provide enough, not just for the day, but for their family's future. This is made possible through Hope International. Each day that I am here, watching the program in action, I see the great need for microfinance in the Congo. Today we interviewed Sarah, my new friend, and a loan officer for Hope. We also went to Leonne's home to meet her family and highlight her home life for the video. There was such a community feel in her village. All teh children play together and many families live in one complex. The children LOVED having their pictures taken. It blessed my heart to be able to spend some time with such beautiful people! Tomorriw is our last day. I have fallen in love with this place so it will be sad to leave. This trip has been such a blessing and we pray that the video will reflect the work Hope is doing in the Congo. Life changing work!