Newsletter October 2016

Concert Pour Femme II

The concert was a wonderful afternoon! Beautiful lesser known songs by famous French lyric composers, great performances by Annie Bryson, James Camp, Lesly de Groot, Colleen & Jacob Kinderman, Zachary Krieger, Kenny Litvack, & Shane Tapley, accompanied by Anna de Groot & James Sparks. Guests enjoyed talking with Mrs. Antoinette & Mrs. Monique & viewing the lovely merchandise made by the sewing school students. THANK YOU, kind friends, THANK YOU, Anna!!!

Congo’s Political-Economic Situation

DR Congo has been in the news again for political unrest. The campaign to elect a new president was supposed to begin on Sept. 19, since the constitution limits the head of state to two terms & President Kabila’s 2nd terms ends on Dec. 20. Recently the electoral commission declared that no elections can be held until a new census has been taken & Kabila will remain in power until elections. Opposition parties have boycotted the “dialogue” claiming it favors the president; they planned peaceful demonstrations for Sept. 19.   Government security forces opened fire; in Kinshasa opposition neighborhoods were surrounded by military. Most people remained within doors, children did not attend school, food was scarce with shops closed. Some calm has now returned but it is precarious. The Catholic bishops have withdrawn from the “dialogue.” International sanctions aimed at helping Congo keep to its constitution have not (yet) had much effect & Kabila is working to change the constitution. Please keep our sisters & brothers in your thoughts & prayers.


Free & Open to the Public

  • Oct. 13, 4:30 p.m., The College of New Jersey, Library Auditorium, 2000 Pennington Rd., Ewing, NJ
  • Oct. 16, 12:15 p.m., Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton.
  • Oct. 20, 12:15 p.m., Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ
  • Oct. 23, 10:00 a.m., Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church, 8855 Germantown Rd., Philadelphia, PA
  • Oct. 26, 11:00 a.m., Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA
  • Oct. 26, 6 p.m., Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, Decatur, GA

Community Charity School in Goma

Partners in eastern Congo celebrate beginning their 2nd year of school, sponsored by our partner CENEDI, supported by American students of Hands Across the Water (HAW). Hundreds of destitute children now attend school for the first time.