Empty Stomach Hard to Digest #EducationProject

Have you ever sat in church trying to take in the  teaching while your empty stomach rumbled and growled? It’s really kinda hard to chew on God’s word with my whole middle grumbling, never mind how self-conscious I become as the noise level increases.

Maybe this happens at your house, or maybe it’s just me, but there are mornings when we’re headed out the door and it’s not till we pile all four boys in the car and are driving down the road that we discover one of them didn’t eat breakfast. Moms know that within an hour or so their child won’t be able to think straight due to that empty stomach.

When Bintu wrote mid-VBS that our team discovered some of the 165 children participating had not only missed breakfast but dinner the night before, she took action. It didn’t matter how many were hungry or that we still lacked the funds for scheduled programming, Bintu saw the need and responded.

I am constantly encouraged by the faith-in-action our team in Congo demonstrate. I am humbled by their faith. Most of the time I am more like the disciples who told Jesus to send the crowd away when 5000 were hungry, instead of speaking up to say there are a five loaves and fish.

Yet God comes through time after time. Jesus fed 5000 with one boys lunch. God provided the budget for Congo VBS. One of you had already given, heard our need, and you were moved to send ten times as much. One of you sent a note of encouragement with your check. One family reached deep to give sacrificially. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.  And to God be the glory.

Why am I surprised when God moves hearts to give? When He calls for sacrificial giving and His people answer? Often my faith seems small. I tell people about FHA’s education projects, and then I am hesitant to ask for money. I am often slow to act, uncertain how to proceed even when God is revealing the way.

The Bible says, “My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:26).

God is good. In my weakness He makes His own strength known. He comes through for me when I lean on Him. He came through for Congo VBS and wants to come through for you. As Bintu shares pictures (lots this year) and testifies to how He worked, let us all be encouraged.

It’s like the Lord said to Paul in the Bible, “…’My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. 10 So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (Bible book 2 Cornithians Chapter 12 verses 9-10 HCSB version).





Kristin King – President of Future Hope Africa, Inc.


Bukavu VBS 2017 in photos


Please visit our website to see the VBS 2017 slide show.

We’ll be adding more photos as VBS continues.

We still need your support for this huge endeavor.


You can donate through our Razoo page or through our secure donation page on the Future Hope Africa website (Click the “Give the Gift of Education” button. You can designate funds to go toward VBS).

FHA Razoo donation page

Future Hope Africa secure donation page


Jesus – How Your VBS Is Like Congo VBS

If your church conducts Vacation Bible School, the purpose of all the singing, crafts, games, and Bible lessons is for children to know Jesus. Our Congo VBS is Christ-centered as well. The hearts and prayers of our staff and VBS helpers are focused on what we all want…to bring glory to God.
Will you pray with us for Congo VBS now through August 4th?
Find out more at Razoo.org (https://www.razoo.com/story/ Veydig) where our Congo VBS 2017 is crowdfunded or visit us at futurehopeafrica.org




Kristin King – President of Future Hope Africa, Inc.



About Congo VBS 2017

“There’s good news and bad news. Which do you want first?”

My husband has heard this question more often than he’s asked it. Personally, I always want the bad news first so we end on a positive note. Sharing the gospel is often done this way as well. The bad news is that we have all done wrong and are unable to be in the perfect God’s presence. The good news is that same perfect God loved us so much He sent his son Jesus to pay the price for all our wrong doing so anybody who trusts in Jesus can be with God forever. I love that!

So here’s the bad news about our Congo Vacation Bible School this summer. Our kickoff day is only 6 days away and we’ve only received $600 of the $5000 budget. Yikes!

The good news is our God does amazing things in only 6 days including leading a donor family to match every gift that is made.

We’ll be posting lots of info about Congo VBS in the next 6 days.

Please Pray. Please Share.

Please Visit our Razoo Foundation crowdfunding site: 





Kristin King – President of Future Hope Africa, Inc.




Ready for VBS this year!

We are all so excited as we draw closer to our VBS weeks:   24 July – 4 August!

God created the earth and put Man and Woman to keep and manage all of it. We would like to emphasize this message and bring young ones to an understanding that it is our responsibility to keep a clean and safe environment for us all and for our children in the future.


In Africa tons of waste is produced everyday but in most places nothing is done to properly manage it. Modernization is not helping either! Now Congolese women want to use disposable diapers for their newborns! While this is taken for granted in the developed world, it is relatively new in DR Congo and presents a huge waste issue.


Screen Shot 2017-07-17 at 8.12.31 PMLike most African cities, waste management is a huge issue in Bukavu. We need to do something about it! (Bukavu’s population is near 900,000.)


Future Hope Africa is building a project to educate families on this matter; first, by teaching about producing the least waste possible to reduce what needs to be handled. Then teaching about finding the best solutions to dispose of the produced waste.


To begin to solve the problem in Bukavu we need a long-term strategy, funding, and your prayers. But even with limited resources, to start a change process we know that we have to take action with what we at hand. It is an OVERWHELMING task!


So, we chose to start with this year’s VBS. We are expecting 200 young people; 35 ofScreen Shot 2017-07-17 at 8.14.16 PM.png the older youth will be trained to teach the younger ones. This will be one step, one heart, at a time as we teach Biblical responsibilities of taking care of our community’s environment.


GOD wants His people to live in a safe and clean place, and the Bible has many verses that talk about this issue. During ten days, we will be exploring these Scriptures with our children, and bring them to an understanding that a good leader must take care of his/her environment.


Young Leader called to protect:

  1. My environment – wherever I am: Numbers 35:34 You shall not pollute the land in which you live … You shall not defile the land in which you live, in the midst of which I dwell, for I the Lord dwell in the midst of the people of Israel.”


  1. My room – Genesis 2:15: The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.


  1. My house – Psalms 24:1 A Psalm of David. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.


  1. My school – Revelation 4:11 Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created.


  1. My street – Jeremiah 2:7 And I brought you into a plentiful land to enjoy its fruits and its good things. But when you came in, you defiled my land and made my heritage an abomination.


  1. My avenue – Ezekiel 34:18 Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture; and to drink of clear water, that you must muddy the rest of the water with your feet?


  1. My quarter – Jeremiah 32:17 ‘Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.


  1. My town – Jeremiah 23:1-40 “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord … Behold, I will attend to you for your evil deeds … Then I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will set shepherds over them who will care for them … .


  1. My city – Jeremiah 29:7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.


  1. My country – Deuteronomy 11:12 A land that the Lord your God cares for. The eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.


We will use crafts, music and discussions to show the youth the problems of environmental abuse and teaching Biblical responsibilities. Each day will be closed with positive actions for the participants to apply and teach others. FHA is leading the way in Bukavu. This program will be further integrated into local schools this fall.




Nabintu Mujambere – Director of FHA’s Kanega Education Center, Bukavu, DRC


Check out our website and new secure giving features!  
Be sure to visit our website – http://www.futurehopeafrica.org – for the latest information. We’ve created a new section for biographies of our teaching staff in Bukavu.
— Also, we’ve incorporated a new “Give the Gift of Education” feature for secure giving through credit/debit cards or a direct bank transaction for one time or recurring donations. Paypal is also available. 

You can also support our VBS through Razoo

THANK YOU for your prayers and support. If you have suggestions, questions or other feedback please email us at futurehopeafrica@gmail.com.

Meet our staff – Rachel

Rachel formal photoRachel NEEMA KWELEKA was born in September 1993 in Bukavu, South-Kivu province, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. She is one of a six children raised by a single mother who was a prominent role model to Rachel. Her mother pursued her own education that allowed her to provide food, shelter and education for her children.


Rachel finished her fundamental education in 2006 at EP Nguba, a school funded by the church that hosts the Future Hope Africa Education Center. In 2012, she was awarded her State Diploma for secondary studies in Social Studies at a Catholic school in Bukavu. In 2015, Rachel finished her undergraduate program in International Relations at the Official University of Bukavu.


Rachel is presently in her final year of a Master’s degree program at the University of Rachel3.jpgBukavu.


Rachel remarks, “I found this job just after the last year of my secondary (high school) studies, before I knew I passed the State exams, and before I got my diploma. I am thankful for FHA and the chance it gave me to work while I was still studying. FHA is one of the rare NGOs that allow that. Most of the other organizations ask for many years of experience. Someone has to give young people their first experience and FHA does that for many!” Rachel even gave up a golden opportunity to study in the neighboring country of Burundi because she was attracted to FHA’s mission and philosophy of a Christian-based education provider.


Initially recruited as a teacher for FHA’s 2012 Vacation Bible School, Rachel soon became the Communications Manager at FHA’s education center. She coordinates the center’s internal communications and staff planning, and facilitates community outreach for FHA’s ever-expanding educational and entrepreneurial programs. She acts as an executive assistant to FHA’s Director and Deputy Director. Rachel also performs teaching duties when an extra teacher is required.


Rachel with student


Rachel is a member of the Young Leaders Club and a Bible study group where she learns and mentors other young women in leadership and social skills according to Biblical principles.


Rachel enthusiastically adds, “I am really enjoying working with FHA. My studies wouldn’t have given me so much experience and all the wonderful people, the children and the colleagues, that I am working with. When I think about it, I wouldn’t have gained so much if I had gone to Burundi.”


Losing God’s Money


Losing money always feels bad to me. So you might think losing God’s money would feel worse. Here’s what happened.

Back before Future Hope Africa had a bank account in the US or one in DR Congo that we could transfer money to, the only option we had was Western Union. I would go to the grocery store in Maryland straight to the Customer Service desk as my kids wandered frozen foods within sight. I filled out paperwork, produced ID, signed a register, double checked spellings and sent funds. Normally a smooth process.

One time, though, way back in 2012 I was traveling with my family when it was time to send money to Bukavu. Instead of sending money from the usual grocery store I sent money from my parents’ hometown grocery in Kentucky. Only one person was trained for this task, and that store didn’t have as much paperwork. No big deal, I thought–till the money went missing.

Back in Maryland I got the news from our education center in Bukavu. The money wasn’t on the system in DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo). After lots of hold time on several phone calls I was told I would have to take it up with the office of origin. After many months we were finally back in Kentucky, and the only thing to be done locally was to check the confirmation number. They did and said I’d have to speak with Western Union directly. I tried that again but got no where.

Was God’s money lost? Would the students in Congo never benefit from these funds gone astray?

This was God’s money, not mine. I focused on that and wasn’t as upset after a little while. It’s not like God didn’t know what happened. He knew exactly where that $1000 was. I did my part; gave back to him with open hands. Also, I did what I could to rectify the problem, and then I was forced to leave the rest to him. God was in control then just as he is now.

Fast forward to 2015.We had moved away from Maryland to Holland. After our USPS forwarding order expired, I received a letter. A class action suit was under way against Western Union. It seems lots of people had lost money on transfers about the same time I did. Login online to participate if you wanted to join the suit. I signed up and waited…and waited.

After a while, I figured the settlement wasn’t coming. Or they took out lawyers’ fees and nothing was left. Either way, it was still God’s grand.

In January, the board of Future Hope Africa had our first meeting of 2017. It was time to discuss increasing the monthly amount we send to Bukavu. We’d been sending what we could to pay our staff at the education center. It was a modest amount, but we were beginning to lose good teachers because they couldn’t quite support their families on the amount we were sending. After much prayer (and researching fair wages in Congo) we decided to step out on faith and raise the staff pay. Knowing we needed more monthly donors to sustain the salaries, we got to work on that. But by the end of February we looked at the budget and could see future deficits. We still can, but in the meantime we are praying. We are directly soliciting in places where we are legally allowed to do so. We remind ourselves that the education project is God’s project. From beginning to end, He is our provider. From board to Bintu, from 501(c)(3) status to setting up bank accounts, everything moves or happens by God’s hand.

We do our part. Then we wait upon the Lord.

And sometimes He reminds us how sovereign He is by meeting our needs today with funds that went astray 5 years ago. The truth is we serve an awesome God. A couple of weeks ago I was sorting through the mail and noticed an envelope with a return address I did not recognize. When I opened it, do you know what was inside?  The $1000 plus the $65 transfer fee. Money that could not have come at a better time. God’s timing is best. God’s mysterious ways are unfathomable. God’s almighty authority is over every part of the world, including money transfers.

– Kristin



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