Laying the Corner Stone

Amethyst Roth and Euclide Mugisho, two of the founders of the community lay the corner stone to start the building process.

Amethyst Roth and Euclide Mugisho, two of the founders of the community lay the corner stone to start the building process.

The property in Mugunga is buzzing with activity. People are hauling bags of small lava rocks on their backs, others are chiseling rocks to fit into spaces. Men are cutting, bending and shaping steel frames that will reinforce the structure that will become our next classroom. The construction on our first block building began this week. Rally International NCE hired teams of 15 people per week to work. We finished the foundation for the building, including the steel frame reinforcement that will enable the building to have a second story.

Pastor Euclide and Amethyst laid the first stone at a celebration that included sodas and loaves of bread for all the workers. Children were running and playing on the large mounds of sand that were trucked in for mixing cement, despite being told not to-- a huge pile of sand just invites children to play in any part of the world!

Women are working as masons-- mixing cement and helping to build the foundation for this building. The bricks have been delivered this week for the walls and the building will be progressing quickly in order to be ready by the end of summer. It is beautiful to see the community pull together in order to build a classroom. This is a classroom that will contribute to the future of Congo. We are literally laying the building blocks of the future on our land. 

Members of the Rally International NCE celebrate laying the first stone with bread and soda.

Members of the Rally International NCE celebrate laying the first stone with bread and soda.

Being the Church

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Jenny Gonzalez is a missionary under Rally International NCE, she has worked for extended periods of time in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2012. She coordinates trips for short term teams. She works with youth, children and especially women through creative arts and teaching from the Bible. Jenny preached in English about being the church and Amethyst Roth translated into Congolese Swahili. 

Building a School

Life gives and takes away, but one thing that we can give a child that no one can take away is knowledge. Education is often the one thing keeping children from being recruited as a child soldier, married as a child bride, forced in to slave labor or pushed to work in a brothel. Education prevents early death from preventable diseases and gives hope to a child that they can "be somebody."

Education lifts up a society. We want to lift up the society We are building our first primary school. Check out ur progress and find out how you can help.

Our Manifesto

We believe the church was created to be the grassroots response for crises in communities around the world. But when members of the church become the victims of the injustices facing the community, it is difficult for them to be the responders. When women in the church are being brutally raped, it is difficult for them to device a plan for protection against genderbased violence. When a father is struggling to find work and provide for his family, it is difficult for him to adopt an orphan or take on the responsibility to father another child. When members of a church are unable to read or write it is difficult for them to mobilize for social change in the society, even their very right to vote is jeopardized.  

Our work targets conflict communities and works to build the capacity of members in the church, so that they can be the responders and not the victims. The church is only institution that can father and mother orphaned hearts and also provide services to the community using the internal resources of its own members.

What does that look like in real life? In real life, our work looks like strengthening our community and creating environments where child exploitation doesn’t have to happen because children are in school and growing, where gender-based violence is not an issue because women are respected and have voice in the society, where family feuds don’t turn into wars because the community mediates its own conflicts.

Our team used to rescue children swept away by armed rebel groups, but today, we train fathers in the community to go back get their sons. Orphanages aren’t needed within our community, because the members of our church adopt their orphans. We used to scholarship children to go to school, but today we are becoming the school—teaching children from nursery age all the way through university. Domestic violence and alcohol abuse drops within our community because husbands can find jobs, feel respected and can assume their place of being a provider within the household.

 

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Rally works to transform closed and conflict ridden regions by building community centers, promoting reconciliation, education, and social development. Our directors live in Goma, a city known for its instability due to conflicts around it by various armed militia groups.

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RAW Prayer Meeting

On the 19th of March Rally US came together to pray for all the Rally team members in Congo, and the world around us. Its something that we do every month. We often have team members from around the world Skype in to pray with us and give us an update, while also having other people from around the globe tweeting in via social media. 

There was something so different about this prayer meeting. A group of hurting people walking through their own storms of life came together to pray, willing to put themselves aside to pray for others. Something so powerful happens when people come together in agreement in prayer. A peace that surpasses all understanding and a joy so pure and divine.

With a few short-termers getting ready to go out to Congo, some of our team members paving their paths into the mission field, others violently taking by force the Kingdom of God in their own homelands, and others getting ready to make the jump into radical living and trusting God for His provision.

We all need to let go and let God. We no longer may hold on to the very things that seem to fall a part. Those things are falling a part for a reason. We need to allow God to take full control and move forward. He is our foundation and our rock, so we will stand firm and with confidence in Him. The safest place to be in, is in His will. The dangerous place to be in, is out of HIs will; even if it seems so safe around you.

So let that burden go and let go of all your understanding to receive the peace of God. Things may not look as you expected them to but some times you are not meant to do things as they are expected to be done.

Schedule for U.S. and Canada

Andrew and Amethyst Roth will be in the U.S. and Canada on the following dates. Please contact info@rallyintl.org to schedule a meeting or speaking engagement. 

November 5-23, Orlando, Fla.

November 23-30, southern Wisconsin

December 1-5, British Columbia, Canada