Local Christian Scientists respond to Mpila explosions, Republic of the Congo
June 2012. Mawuena Davies provided the following report about the response of local Christian Scientists to the explosions in Mpila.
On Sunday March 4, five very strong and spaced explosions occurred between 8 a.m. up to 10 a.m. These explosions came from Mpila area east of Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, where arms and ammunitions are stocked. This series of explosions completely destroyed all houses in the surrounding area and even damaged some in Kinshasa (DRC) the neighboring town which is just separated from Brazzaville by the Congo River.
Ulrike Prinz, C.S. had concluded her lecture tour in the Republic of the Congo the night before the explosions. Her final lecture was titled, “Christian Science, an Answer to Hate and Violence”.
Wednesday, June 6, during a meeting about her lectures in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo, Ulrike shared the following: “I was in my room waiting for someone to take me to Church when I felt the trembling—it was hard. It was amazing to see and to feel, for me, the freedom in myself, the love, and the support from The Mother Church. Not a single moment was I afraid. I knew that God was with me and was all around me and the whole hotel.” All of Brazzaville’s munitions were destroyed in the blasts.
Since the incident, communications coordinator Angélique Bongolo, the Church Representative for the Congo, has been working with local branches to support those affected by the disaster. Angélique reported, “In April, I met with the boards of the three branches of Brazzaville—First Church Makélékélé, Second Church Moungali, and Third Church Matouta—to gather items they had collected from their members, e.g. (clothes, shoes, food, plates, and money). With the donated money, we have bought rice, salt, oil, soap, and second hand clothes for children. We packed all the donations collected for those affected by the explosions, and, on Saturday, May 5, we presented all the donations to reporters of local radio and TV. All the packages were labeled: Donation from Christian Science Church of Congo.”
“After the donation, people who were not Christian Scientists called me to ask about the book, Science and Health. So I talked with them about Christian Science, and I have shared 2 copies of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Some also called other members of the Church.”
Posted: June 26, 2012 | 12:32 pm