Jean Faustine

Recent Ministry

We have several adult ministries to encourage men and women to be involved. Our women’s ministry and fellowship meet every Tuesday after our Bible study. We are planning to start a separate meeting for the Seniors. On Wednesday, we have prayers, Bible study, and intercessions from morning to evening.  We meet together to pray for our families and their needs, the needs of the church and to give thanks to God for his blessings.

  • Continue to pray for our adult ministries and their positive effects upon the lives of the men and women in the church.
  • Pray for God’s blessing on the desire to start a Senior’s ministry and for all the details to fall into place.

Mupenda leads our Young Boy’s ministry, and they meet on Mondays and Fridays. This group includes an active football (soccer) team of thirty-two young boys who are growing in their knowledge of the Lord and sharing their testimonies with others through sports.

The Children’s Ministry is learning songs and the Bible. We even are blessed with a choir of our children who sing in the church once in a while. Tumaini Luko and Pamela help these children and teach them from the Word of God.

The Bible classes in Goma are continuing. We are training these students to be future ministers in the church. They are learning their spiritual gifts and actively participate in the weekly programs.

Give thanks for the young boys and their testimony to the other boys in the community.

  • Pray for the children and youth to grow in their knowledge of God’s Word.
  • Pray for their leaders to have wisdom and discernment as they teach the next generation.
  • Pray for the Bible classes as they train and prepare the students to be future leaders in the church.

Our team of elders is instrumental in the ministry. Their characters are becoming more Christ-like as they grow in the knowledge of God’s Word and the gift of humility is evident in their lives. Ibrahim is our assistant pastor and evangelist. Abdenego is our ministry secretary and preacher. Desire is our men’s ministry leader, a counselor, and a preacher. Malembe, Rughumyo, and Samuel are other leaders. We have been visiting house to house and sharing the Word of God. We also have been working with other community members on the roads.

Give thanks for the leaders in the church and their involvement in advancing the kingdom of God.

  • Pray for the evangelists as they visit the house in the community and share the Word of God.
  • Pray for the people who are hearing that they will understand the gospel and desire to be saved.

The wife of Abdenego was critically sick. We visited and prayed with her and her husband. She is starting to get better and has been coming to the church.  Praise the Lord!

Give thanks for the healing of Abdenego’s wife and pray for her to heal from her illness completely.

My name is Bahati (Jean) Faustine I’m from the Bugura tribe. 

I came to Christ after war broke out in the Congo while I was still in my youth. Soldiers came and fought against my tribe, and my parents and relatives were all killed. After my family was wiped out, I fled Zaire and went to Kampala, Uganda where I spent more than four years on the street since I did not know anybody who could help me. Growing up my parents were nonpractising Catholics. In Congo I went to church because of the war and people would tell me, “You need to go to church, you need to go to church, to run out all the evil which is taking place in our country.” But in reality, it was just a way of getting us to fill the seats in their building. There was no teaching of the Word, it was entertainment, and the preacher didn’t even understand what he was saying from the Bible. It was at this church that they tried to baptize me.

It was later that I discovered that the faith I received then was different from what the Bible taught. I felt that the way I came to god in the Congo was not the right way and I desperately wanted to know Jesus the correct way. One day some members of the local church came to me and preached the Gospel. I was depressed from my life on the street and decided I wanted my life to be different. On the day I heard the gospel I chose to accept Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. My new friends took me to the Calvary Chapel Church, and I learned the word of God with other youth from the street. I thank Jesus that he chose me and picked me to be a follower of Him.

The church members saw a change in me, and this confirmed to them that Christ had changed my life. After that, they gave me the responsibility of taking care of other children. We stayed in a house that the government provided for NGO’s to take children off the street and give them a home. I continued to grow in my faith and attended the local Bible College. After graduating, I was appointed as a Pastor, and with the help of White Fields, I began church planting in 2018.

I look forward to what the Lord will do through our ministry together!

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