Democratic Republic of the Congo
Gratitude for two mopeds and eight bicycles for the pastoral team in Poko
All across Canada, bicycles have become popular instruments for leisure activities and many people even use them to get to work.
Elsewhere in the world, this method of transportation becomes a veritable treasure that you, ACN Benefactors, contribute to giving as you have in DRC Congo.
In the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the parish of St Augustine, Poko, two priests are delighted to have each received a moped! The catechists are equally pleased to have eight bicycles between them. Thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, who have given $13,920, they now no longer have to spend hours walking to reach their destination.
Also rejoicing is the rest of the Catholic faithful who stand to benefit most from these gifts. For now, the priests and the catechists can much more easily access the remoter villages. Now, the people can receive the sacraments more frequently, as well as instructions in their faith, and participate more fully in the life of the Church.
Needless to say, this parish is situated in a predominantly rural area. The people here struggle to support themselves on what they are able to grow in the fields. Sadly, the armed conflict in the region has only made their poverty worse and has devastated the local infrastructure – roads, bridges, medical centres, parish centres – everything has been destroyed or damaged.
But what the people here need more than anything is spiritual help and support. Therefore these simple items, modes of transportation, funded by our benefactors, have brought untold spiritual blessings to the Catholic faithful of the area. Their heartfelt thanks to you all!