by Elias Assia, the human resources manager in our DRC office
This year from August 19 to 23, the Samaritan’s Purse Democratic Republic of Congo office was able to bring its entire staff from Faradje, Aba, Nyankunde, and Mambasa to join the team in Bunia for an annual retreat. For many of our staff from Faradje, this was their first time flying on an airplane and leaving their homes to travel 350 kilometers away. It was arranged in manner that those who traveled by road had a chance to return home by plane. Many of them said this was a life story to tell their children and grandchildren.
The first two days of our retreat focused on general Samaritan’s Purse orientation, vision presentation, and different training for our staff that includes security, cooking, management, and healthy diet. The end of our second day there was volleyball match between Faradje and Bunia, and everyone celebrated Bunia’s victory.
The theme of our retreat was “Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly,” as discussed in Micah 6:8. We had the privilege of having a staff chaplain from international headquarters in the U.S. as our speaker during three days.
The first day he spoke on the topic of spiritual vitality. Everyone was encouraged to measure their spiritual vitality and learned that what matters is not the religious activities we do, such as the time we go to church, read the Bible, pray, and fast. What is important is our daily intimate relationship with God. He is not impressed by what we do but by who we are.
He also shared about the blessings and benefits of walking closely with God: receiving salvation, speaking personally to God, being in tune with God, having the boldness to witness to others, and being used by God. We were challenged to give God all of our hearts and fully love Him if we weren’t spiritually healthy. The retreat was a great blessing. Twenty staff members invited Christ into their lives, and many others asked for prayer.
Two others speakers gave presentations on church mobilization and being agents of transformation for Christ. It was a great opportunity to equip our staff to mobilize the church in doing their work and also to play their roles of transformation where they work and live.
We are grateful for everyone who prayed for the retreat. Please continue to pray for those who gave their lives to Christ so that they can be the light and salt of the world around us as they continue to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.