Kathy Charland has been endorsed to serve with the Women’s Ministry of the Baptist Community of Congo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she will assist with the work of the Mitendi Center. The Mitendi Center teaches life and vocational skills, such as literacy, sewing, and cooking to women at risk, empowering women to improve their socioeconomic conditions and providing a positive alternative to victimization. Kathy looks forward to living among, and building relationships with, the Congolese, and to helping people grow in their discipleship as followers of Jesus Christ.
The Mitendi Center program is a two-year program for women that offers basic reading, writing, and math courses and training in sewing, crochet, knitting, cooking, and restaurant service. The Mitendi Center currently serves 18 residential students and 9 day students. Students participate in life skills courses, daily devotions, Bible study and praise. The women also play sports once a week, have choir practice, and tend gardens. The women who attend the Center come from situations of considerable poverty and have little to no family support and little education. Without the influence of the Mitendi Center, they are at great risk of entering prostitution. The mission of International Ministries is to help people come to faith in Jesus, grow in their relationship with God, and change their worlds through the power of the Spirit.