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. 

Fire at the University Campus

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