The sawmill project is in full swing. We are still in need of some funding to get the business really growing. The sawmill and the tractor are both down in Mwenga, a town south of Bukavu. It was a very treacherous trip to get the sawmill down there but everyone and everything made it safely. My SUV was damaged some when the sawmill slipped off the mountain road and headed down pulling the vehicle with it. God was good and there was a concrete pillar that someone had built in anticipation of further building. The vehicle hit the pillar, smashing the back end of the truck and shattering both windows. We spent some time praising God that the truck, sawmill, and all the people inside did not fall to the foot of the mountain. It ended up only costing $150 to get a new door so I was very happy.

We have 6 men working for the project right now. We have been getting some orders for boards for special building projects. The issue we face is not having enough funding to get the boards shipped to the city of Bukavu to sell. This causes us to run short on funds to pay salaries and put back into the business. Starting a business in DR Congo is very difficult. We have been dealing with several corrupt government officials that have no interest in seeing the business make it. They are only interested in getting money to put in their pockets. We are encouraged though because a few other businesses have finally been able to get going. I believe we have to just take one step at a time.

You may be wondering what benefit the sawmill project will be for the people. First it will provide jobs for more people so they can feed their children and put them in school. Secondly, it will provide some funding to help meet the needs of the poorest churches. Thirdly, and most importantly, it will show the people in the area that the church cares by providing funds for medical clinics, orphans, and widows in the area. This will be a significant way of showing the people that God cares and He is still there waiting for them to come meet Him. The overall goal is to shine the light of Jesus through the project and to help the very poor people feel God’s love and presence.

If you feel God is calling you to invest in the sawmill project please let me know. My e-mail address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The mission address is Heart for Central Africa, PO Box 5404, Terre Haute, IN 47805. I could really use some help to bring this project to the point where it can stand on its own without any outside help.

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Ed and Mulonda, the man helping run the sawmill project, trying out the new tractor.

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