Father Dave’s Trip to Africa with World Vision

Father Dave Snyder has just recently returned from a trip to the Congo for World Vision.  Here are some photos he sent.

The poverty I saw today was unlike any I have seen in my previous five visits to Africa. All the children we visited were suffering from malnutrition. Since World Vision began our program here in October, 14 children have died of malnutrition. The challenge we face here is formidable

The poverty I saw today was unlike any I have seen in my previous five visits to Africa. All the children we visited were suffering from malnutrition. Since World Vision began our program here in October, 14 children have died of malnutrition. The challenge we face here is formidable

I find it absolutely amazing that the women can carry enormous loads for great distances without any difficulty. This young girl (probably age 13-14) is carrying 60 lbs. of charcoal!!

I find it absolutely amazing that the women can carry enormous loads for great distances without any difficulty. This young girl (probably age 13-14) is carrying 60 lbs. of charcoal!!

This house is probably one of the first Habitat houses in the world. It was constructed in the village of Bokunza (where we are staying) when Millard and Linda Fuller were in Zaire (now Congo) in the 1970's. There are a number of Habitat homes in the community. Very cool...

This house is probably one of the first Habitat houses in the world. It was constructed in the village of Bokunza (where we are staying) when Millard and Linda Fuller were in Zaire (now Congo) in the 1970’s. There are a number of Habitat homes in the community. Very cool…

I spent yesterday afternoon and evening with Mr. and Mrs. Pascal and their 8 children in their modest home. What an amazing experience. To spend the night with this wonderful family...

I spent yesterday afternoon and evening with Mr. and Mrs. Pascal and their 8 children in their modest home. What an amazing experience. To spend the night with this wonderful family…

This is the operating room @ the local health clinic! They do everything from hysterectomies to hernia operations. Can you imagine??

This is the operating room @ the local health clinic! They do everything from hysterectomies to hernia operations. Can you imagine??

This is the house were I spent the night last night. A very humble dwelling by US standards. Thatched roof, dirt floor, outhouse behind the building. Of course, no electricity or running water...

This is the house were I spent the night last night. A very humble dwelling by US standards. Thatched roof, dirt floor, outhouse behind the building. Of course, no electricity or running water…

Let me introduce you to my new African friend, Remi. He was my translator for my overnight with the Paschal's. Remi is 30 years old and he is the secretary for missions in the Covenant Church of the Congo. His wife of a year gave birth to twins three weeks ago. A wonderful young man. We hope to keep in touch via e-mail when I return home...

Let me introduce you to my new African friend, Remi. He was my translator for my overnight with the Paschal’s. Remi is 30 years old and he is the secretary for missions in the Covenant Church of the Congo. His wife of a year gave birth to twins three weeks ago. A wonderful young man. We hope to keep in touch via e-mail when I return home…

Say bonjour to The Rev. Dr. Jules Mboka, president of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Congo. We ate most of our breakfasts at his home during our stay. This morning, at breakfast, I suggested that we take Pr.Mboka and his wife to dinner @ a restaurant in Gemena to thank them for their hospitality. Our World Vision guide laughed and said, "there are no restaurants in Gemena"!  Can you imagine a city of 300,000 without a single restaurant! That is an illustration of the kind of place this really is... Dave +

Say bonjour to The Rev. Dr. Jules Mboka, president of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Congo. We ate most of our breakfasts at his home during our stay. This morning, at breakfast, I suggested that we take Pr.Mboka and his wife to dinner @ a restaurant in Gemena to thank them for their hospitality. Our World Vision guide laughed and said, “there are no restaurants in Gemena”! Can you imagine a city of 300,000 without a single restaurant! That is an illustration of the kind of place this really is…
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