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November 01, 2015
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I got to know the Kasali family while they were in Durham for several months this fall before heading back to live in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Noé came to the US to get his Masters in Counseling in order to go back home to provide counseling & training in the area where he grew up. In their own words (found on their blog HERE), here’s what their Congo Initiative is about:

“Despite the official end to civil war in 2006, the eastern province of North Kivu remains torn by civil unrest and the effects of war. In many ways, war which started in 1996, is still ongoing. Sexual violence against women and girls, assassinations, kidnapping, and massacres of innocent populations have distressed local communities. Many individuals and families are living in pain, with suffering, and unfinished grief and trauma. We acknowledge the church, social, and community support that contribute greatly to build a sense of resiliency in people. We also recognize the limitations of these existing support systems in terms of lacking necessary skills to help people through emotional wounds, conflicts, and forgiveness.

This is why we are going back to Congo to provide counseling services to the community of and around Beni. The needs are great; there are no professional counseling services available in the area. In addition to providing professional counseling, we will train care-givers and establish a safe place where people of all religious beliefs, walks of life, and backgrounds will be able to feel understood, supported, and loved regardless of what they have experienced, or what they may be facing. We will work with local leaders (pastors, doctors, etc.) to identify issues that may be outside of their expertise, so that they can refer people to others who may better provide the counsel needed. We will work with children and adults who have experienced trauma, and walk with them on a path toward healing.”

I loved getting the brief chance to get to know this dear family while also sharing a deep passion for counseling those who are hurting. I wanted to give them the gift of some sweet family photos to remember this season of their lives. Join me in praying for their work in the Congo & if you’d like to learn more, please explore their blog! I’m sure they’d love your prayers and support!

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