By Kara Witherow, Editor
Over the past two years, South Georgia has helped the North Katanga Annual Conference build and reconstruct several local churches, host empowerment training events and leadership training conferences, and train local farmers.
The mission partnership that began three years ago when a team of six South Georgia United Methodists traveled to the North Katanga Annual Conference, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), continues to develop.
During the 2022 Annual Conference session, South Georgia United Methodists will have the opportunity to partner with North Katanga United Methodists to support two of their ministries, Kamina Orphanage and Wings of the Morning Aviation.
“We are excited to once again put focus on our partnership with the North Katanga Annual Conference,” said Kelly Roberson, assistant to the Bishop and director of Conference Ministries/Communications. “These ministries – the Kamina Orphanage and the Wings of the Morning Aviation – are two examples of the great work being done in and through United Methodists all over the world. What an honor to be in ministry with them as they help those who need it most.”
Since 1997, Kamina Orphanage has helped thousands of children, orphaned by disease, violence, and poverty, have hope and a future. South Georgia’s support of the orphanage will help provide children with meals, healthcare, tuition, and care.
An aviation ministry of The United Methodist Church in North Katanga, Wings of the Morning is under the care and supervision of the General Board of Global Ministries.
With little or no transportation infrastructure such as paved roads or a railway system, the Wings of the Morning airplane is a lifeline to the 6 million people of the Katanga province and provides vital services including: carrying life-giving pharmaceuticals and supplies to remote villages and towns; transporting critically ill patients to clinics and hospitals; providing transportation for pastors, missionaries; and volunteers; and delivering payroll and other supplies to villages, towns, and churches.
“The Wings of the Morning Aviation Program is saving the lives of many people, especially those living in remote villages and yet seeking high quality medical attention,” said Bishop Mande Muyombo, episcopal leader of the North Katanga Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church. “I am grateful to the South Georgia Annual Conference for giving hope and loving these young men and women. Thank you for advancing God’s kingdom with Christlike concerns for the orphans."
For more information about the special offering, visit www.sgaumc.org/specialoffering. Congregations are encouraged to send and present their offering during Annual Conference’s June 5 opening worship service.