Congolese workers lifting the screen.
The day before the event, there were only 200 registered for the event. On the day of the event, 900 extra people arrived, excited and ready to be inspired. As you can imagine, this caused quite a problem for our event management volunteers as they scrambled to provide all the notebooks, food and supplies needed for a surprise 900 guests. After much hard work, every guest was served, and everyone was so grateful for our volunteers who worked so hard to make it all work. In Hendricks' words "really a fishes and loaves event".
The Congolese people were so convinced of the power of an event like this, they had a full intercessory prayer team which undergirded the event with prayer. A full three weeks before the event, they were praying for the success of the event and its impact on the Kingdom's in Congo. The Congolese are faithful prayer warriors, and they believe part of the reason God blessed the event as he did was as a result of their committed efforts.
The GLS in Congo had its effect on Hendricks as well. "The Congolese people are so open and generous, even though they have so little, they touched me to reassess how I steward the resources that I have to help those with less. Many of the Congolese will walk up to an hour jsut to attend church on Sunday, I was reminded not to take lightly the opportunity I have to meet regularly with other believers for the teaching of the word."
Despite their daily circumstances, the Congolese trust in God as their sustainer. They live with a conviction that God redeems and restores every situation. So much so that their joyful worship events often end in dancing. The GLS was no exception.
Hendricks heard over and over how this event will change Congo. The people of Congo need your prayers as they fight to overcome unimaginable circumstances and lay a foundation for their future. Events like this is the reason we at The GLS does what we do. The Congolese are desperate for what the GLS offers and we are so grateful to partner with God in serving them.