Popular Mission in the Matadi Vice Province


POPULAR  MISSION Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Redemptorist Explicit Proclamation of the Gospel

From October 22nd to October 26th, 2018 the Redemptorists of the Vice Province of Matadi, DRC led a momentous preached mission.

The Popular Mission  gathered people  in the  Kitemoko Stadium , the main football stadium  in Mbanza -Ngungu city, in the Kongo Central province, DRC.

The redemptorist’s missionary team  comprised of Frs. Hubert Nguamu, Hugues Matondo, Blaise Matondo Makiese,  Daniel Bruce Bongo.

 

Some diocesan priests joined the Redemptorist team to amplify the preaching and the number of people reached.  Fr. Noël Bula of the archdiocese of Kinshasa and Fr .Sebastien of Matadi Diocese, became team members for the Popular Mission. There was also lay involvement, for an example Mr. Zico, became an active missionary during the Popular Mission.

During this joyful  week , the mission team focused on a  core preaching theme :

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.. You will be my witnesses… to the ends of the earth “ ( Acts 1, 8).

 

 

The principle  theme was divided into a range of sub-themes, all aimed at nourishing the people of God. These themes included:

–        True Worship   worships in Spirit an d in truth ( Jn 4,23)

–        Take heart , because I have  overcome the world (Jn 16,33)

–        The eucharist as the Cross renewing sacrifice  ( Jn 6,51-56).

All the mission team members, religious and diocesan and lay worked with intense zeal, revealing God’s love, and encouraging everybody to be witnesses to this love, in the midst of crisis and poverty.  The mission brought healing to the wounds of youth people and to families. The mission was animated by two musical groups: “The Redemption Group” , which is connected to the Redemptorist Community, and   “The New life in Christ” , led by a  lay Christian singer , known as  Paul Balenza.

 

People accepted the invitation, to hear God’s word and came from a rich diversity of parishes. Pastors from other churches and Pentecostal Christians, also engaged and participated.

 

Civil and military leaders also participated in this spiritual festival. Over 6000 people gathered in the stadium each day.  Huge numbers of Christian  joined via television and many others were faithful and immersed in the mission  through listening to the broadcasts of Radio “Vuvu Kieto”.

The mission touched the hearts of many, especially young people who had become doubtful about faith. Many young people spoke about the challenges of life had diminished their faith, but that the preaching had restored hope. Many people are already asking about when the next Popular Mission will be held.

Prepared by Fr Hubert Nguamu, C.Ss.R.

(Coordinator of the  Mission team- Redemptorist Vice Province of  Matadi, DRC.

POPULAR  MISSION DRC

Redemptorist Explicit Proclamation of the Gospel

From October 22nd to October 26th, 2018 the Redemptorists of the Vice Province of Matadi, DRC led a momentous preached mission.

The Popular Mission  gathered people  in the  Kitemoko Stadium , the main football stadium  in Mbanza -Ngungu city, in the Kongo Central province, DRC.

The redemptorist’s missionary team  comprised of Frs. Hubert Nguamu, Hugues Matondo, Blaise Matondo Makiese,  Daniel Bruce Bongo.

 

Some diocesan priests joined the Redemptorist team to amplify the preaching and the number of people reached.  Fr. Noël Bula of the archdiocese of Kinshasa and Fr .Sebastien of Matadi Diocese, became team members for the Popular Mission. There was also lay involvement, for an example Mr. Zico, became an active missionary during the Popular Mission.

During this joyful  week , the mission team focused on a  core preaching theme :

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.. You will be my witnesses… to the ends of the earth “ ( Acts 1, 8).

 

 

The principle  theme was divided into a range of sub-themes, all aimed at nourishing the people of God. These themes included:

–        True Worship   worships in Spirit and in truth ( Jn 4,23)

–        Take heart , because I have  overcome the world (Jn 16,33)

–        The eucharist as the Cross renewing sacrifice  ( Jn 6,51-56).

All the mission team members, religious and diocesan and lay worked with intense zeal, revealing God’s love, and encouraging everybody to be witnesses to this love, in the midst of crisis and poverty.  The mission brought healing to the wounds of youth people and to families. The mission was animated by two musical groups: “The Redemption Group” , which is connected to the Redemptorist Community, and   “The New life in Christ” , led by a  lay Christian singer , known as  Paul Balenza.

People accepted the invitation, to hear God’s word and came from a rich diversity of parishes. Pastors from other churches and Pentecostal Christians, also engaged and participated.

 

Civil and military leaders also participated in this spiritual festival. Over 6000 people gathered in the stadium each day.  Huge numbers of Christian  joined via television and many others were faithful and immersed in the mission  through listening to the broadcasts of Radio “Vuvu Kieto”.

The mission touched the hearts of many, especially young people who had become doubtful about faith. Many young people spoke about the challenges of life had diminished their faith, but that the preaching had restored hope. Many people are already asking about when the next Popular Mission will be held.

Prepared by Fr Hubert Nguamu, C.Ss.R.

(Coordinator of the  Mission team- Redemptorist Vice Province of  Matadi, DRC.