Justice Rising has been working in DR Congo to transform war-torn communities by building schools to educate a new generation of girls and boys. I had the pleasure of first working with them in 2015. My wife and I have continued to follow and support their work.
At midnight on Saturday, 5/25, about a dozen armed men climbed the wall of the Country Director’s house and, for the next 30 minutes, used some sort of blow torch to remove the iron bars that protected the windows of his house.
When the men made their way into the house, they beat the Director and his wife and eventually took the car, cell phones, computer, projector and cash. Thankfully the children are safe save for the trauma of witnessing such a horrible act.
This is a massive blow, not only because of the family and the trauma they experienced but also because of the car - with teacher trainings and 5 new schools to open, the Justice Rising team cannot afford to lose a vehicle.
The team shared feeling a strange combination of exhaustion and defeat and hope and excitement - “Every time we’re robbed or assaulted we feel like we’re on the brink of something. As I've mentioned, we’re believing for 5 new schools this Fall, and again, the loss of the vehicle would be potentially a pretty big setback there. But often times when we move forward and gain a lot of ground, we get push back.”
Please join us in rallying around this incredible team. Prayers for the trauma that they’re facing would be great as they move forward in the incredible work of transforming communities through education.
We are raising funds to cover hospital costs and to replace the vehicle that was stolen. Again, without a vehicle, the team is unable to reach villages where schools are being built.