A One Year Partnership
A One Year Partnership
Bringing the hope of Jesus Christ to the city of Kinshasa through the giving of our time, our energy, and our resources.
February 4 – April 22
During the fourth quarter (February 4, 2018 – April 22, 2018) of our Tabitha partnership we will be focusing on sending our people on week-long trips to the city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our prayer is that those who go would strengthen the resolve of First Free Rockford’s partnership with the ministry opportunities in the city of Kinshasa. Our plan is to send 3 teams of 5-6 people to go into the Tabitha Centers and Global Fingerprint Centers to be an encouragement to the those already doing the ministry. Let’s see what God can do as we step out in faith and be obedient to Him through our time and willingness to be outside of our comfort level for the sake of bring His good news to a people desperate for hope!
Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is a city of nearly 12 million people, estimated by the UN to reach nearly 15 million by 2020. Each one of these people has a backstory of how they ended up where they are. One common story is that of the “street kids”. These children are but a small sector of those impacted by the 5 nightmares of most major African cities: 1) a large influx of unskilled workers; 2) poorly run but expensive educational options; 3) an import mentality that caters to the comparatively rich; 4) a relatively non-existent middle class and blue-collar jobs; 5) a self-serving government. Across the city, children are “thrown away” or aborted for fear of a predictable future.
Though people move to the cities to look for a better life, they are confronted with hopelessness. Young girls provide for themselves by making a game out of prostitution. The more one has sex, the more valuable they become. The greater the value they attain, the more they can ask for a trick. All the guys prefer the girls with a higher-value. This is how many tens of thousands of girls around the city buy clothing and food, have a place to stay, and sometimes even afford schooling. According to NGO’s, about one-third of these children are girls, and around 80% of these girls on the street make a living from sex.
In other cases, the young women may not be overtly selling their bodies, but instead they might have a string of “boyfriends” who will provide for them financially. Or they might make a hasty marriage to someone they barely know, just for the security.
The Story of Tabitha Centers.
The Tabitha Center gives young women in DR Congo an option to selling themselves or engaging in illegal activities for their livelihood. Teenaged girls gather under the direction of women from their local church to discuss life’s realities and to understand the Bible’s answers to questions about life that are often left unanswered by parents. In this safe context, girls are taught skills like sewing, cooking, hair dressing, cosmetics and others that offer them an alternative to the assumption that they must sell themselves or rush into a relationship with a man in order to find financial security. The vision is to see the Tabitha ministry continue to expand to provide healthy alternatives for young women throughout the city of Kinshasa.
First Free Rockford will be spending a year starting April 23rd, 2017 in a partnership with ReachGlobal Africa to help bring the hope of Jesus Christ to the city of Kinshasa through the giving of our time, our energy, and our resources. We will focus each quarter on a different specific need. After meeting several times with ReachGlobal Africa and the leadership of Tabitha Centers we have landed on the following for initiatives:
April 23 – July 30
Raise awareness & fund 20 new Tabitha Centers
During our first quarter, we set out to raise enough money to completely fund the start of 20 new Tabitha Centers in the city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Each Tabitha Center has a startup cost of $1,500.00 which means that we have a financial goal to raise $30,000.00 above and beyond our regular giving by July 30, 2017. Little did we know how God was going to stir in the hearts of the First Free Rockford community. Our initial goal was blown away in the first few weeks, and then end results were the numbers listed below. Praise God, and thank you to everyone who made the decision to participate in the funding of so many Tabitha Centers! The lives of the women and their families who come through these Tabitha Centers will forever be changed, as they are exposed to the life changing gospel of Jesus Christ.
August 6 – October 29
Sponsor young women entering the Tabitha Center program through Global Fingerprints.
During the second quarter (August 6, 2017 – October 29, 2017) of our Tabitha partnership, we will be focusing on sponsoring the women of the Tabitha Centers in the city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our prayer is that First Free Rockford, whether individuals or families would enter a three-year commitment of $35 per month above and beyond regular giving to that end. Our goal is to see at least 100 women fully-sponsored by October 29th. Let’s see what God can do as we step out in faith and be obedient to Him through our generosity!
Sponsoring a young woman or child through Reach Global is simple. For just a little, the resulting transformation in a woman’s life creates a continuous cycle.
November 5 – January 28
Spend focused time praying for the Tabitha Center program, and begin training small teams to go help.
February 4 – April 22
Send small teams of Men and Women to Kinshasa to help encourage and train in Tabitha Centers.
If you’re interested in joining us for a trip to Kinshasa, DRC please start by joining us for one of our two informational meetings.
We’ve included below the documents that were handed out and explained in the trip informational meetings. If you are planning to join us on one of the trips it is important that you take the time to thoroughly read and complete the documents, as all of them are time-sensitive, and required for entry into the country.