one week and counting

October 10, 2006 at 10:56 pm Leave a comment

I leave for Congo one week from today.  I had the pleasure of meeting some former World Vision (www.worldvision.org) colleagues of mine for lunch today.  Three amazing women who use their gifts and skills of leadership and administration to further the transformative work of God through World Vision.

Working for World Vision  allowed me to grow in my understanding of poverty, violence and disease in the world, with particular attention to Africa.  It is through World Vision that I first learned of the violence against women in  Congo, through the organization’s projects serving orphans and vulnerable children, many of whom are victims of sexual exploitation or orphaned by violent rape to their mothers and forced escape or abandonment by their fathers.  The invitation extended to CPT by the women and families in Congo reflects hope and trust that change can occur.  As many western NGO’s continue to enter developing countries espousing their opinions and dominant culture values of how to fix problems or hand out bandages to solve systemic issues, it is refreshing and significant that CPT has cultivated it’s response by listening to what the women in Congo have voiced as their need.

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