What did Cheri and the rest of the group learn about life in the Congo? What can Presbyterian Women to make women and children’s lives in the Congo better? Find out by reading the full text of this article in the November/ December issue of Horizons.
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Together in Congo
I wish that I could fully describe the heat of that day. It’s not quite enough to use words like oppressive or stifling to accurately covey what a Congolese afternoon in May is like. I guess the best description I can offer is that you have to imagine yourself the size of a cupcake ready to be baked, then think about how hot it is when you put your muffin pan into the preheated oven, and then picture yourself being that cupcake baking away, getting nice and crisp, in the center of the oven. I know this may seem like an exaggeration, but that’s about how hot it felt during my visit to the village of Tshikaji in the heart of the Democratic Republic of the Congo last spring.
We walked for half an hour in that heat. Our group consisted of a Presbyterian mission coworker who is a nurse in Tshikaji, a journalist from Presbyterian News Service, a Presbyterian woman from the Churchwide Coordinating Team, and me. It was just women (we left the men for the afternoon so we could “do our own thing”); we were visiting with the women and children of the village and learning more about their clinic.
What a disappointment it was, as our group finally walked up to the clinic and learned we had dawdled too long, meandering and talking as we walked. We arrived too late to see the daily activities of vaccinations, family planning counseling and general health care. However, we were able to take a tour of the facility and, to our delight, we got to meet two new mothers holding their brand-new infants in their arms. As good Presbyterian women, we knew had to sit down next to those mothers and ooh and aah over their new babies, and have a little chat.
What did Cheri and the rest of the group learn about life in the Congo? What can Presbyterian Women to make women and children’s lives in the Congo better? Find out by reading the full text of this article in the November/December issue of Horizons.
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Cheri Harper is PW program associate for synod support.
Photo by Larry Streshley
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