In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Oasis Church partners with Pastor Matthew-Wilondja Busembu who has been recognized by local ministries and the government for the positive influence of the churches he pastors in his district.
Pastor John Frady of Oasis Church traveled to the Congo & met Pastor Matthew over 10 years ago. Due to the political unrest, violence, and poverty, the needs of the people of this country are great. Partnering with Matthew has enabled Oasis Church to identify and productively address real, felt needs in the Congo.
Each of the numerous churches Matthew serves also functions as a school, providing education for children in a country where UNICEF reports 4.4 milion children receive no formal education of any kind. In the most recent visit, the team from Oasis was able to work with the local people to lay a foundation for a school building. Continued financial support for this project will provide these children wiht the best chance to meet their own needs as adults. Oasis Church also supports an orphanage in the East Congo.
Another consequence of the prolonged conflict is an outright collapse of the Congolese health care system. Tens of thousands of women have survived rape and sexual violence, and thousands upon thousands of men and women have been brutally mutilated and maimed, but the Congolese government is unable to proide adequate medical services, rehabilitation programs, or psychological counseling. Furthermore, lack of adequate medical care to prevent and treat diseases such as cholera and malaria add to the insurmountable daily struggles and dangers faced by the Congolese people. Oasis Church has opened medical clinics which have continued to run for several years now on what limited medical supplies can either be purchased there or provided by the visiting teams. Where there is no care available, even basic medical treatment can be the difference between life and death.
To meet the ongoing financial needs of the Congolese people, Oasis Church has had the honor of seeing multiple microloans develop into successful small businesses which in turn provide goods and services not otherwise available. The teams from Oasis have seen first hand how this empowerment not only meets the needs of a community on several practical levels, but also addresses emotional and social needs, earning dignity for people who have been ravaged by conflict and war.