A rebel group seized Rutshuru today causing thousands of Congolese civilians to flee (Washington Post Article). The people fleeing violence are known to us. They are followers of Jesus. They are friends.
Allow me to quote Charles Franzen, World Relief Country Director for Congo, who leads our work in the Congo from our main office in Goma:
Heavy fighting is reported in Rumangabo which is 20 miles north of Goma on the Rutshuru road. We cannot hear any of that from this remove but the city is very tense as night has fallen and it is still unclear whether the loyalists will make a push into the periphery of the town tonight or wait until tomorrow. So we wait . . . and pray. Please pray for us and for Congo at this crucial hour. — Charles Franzen, World Relief Country Director, Congo
Indeed, please pray, and also share this news throughout your networks. Telling their story, no matter how difficult, honors our friends in the Congo. Let’s stand with them during their hour of suffering.