On this occasion some two weeks before Christmas day, a worship service of thanksgiving was celebrated at the Disciples headquarters, the “Secretariat”, beginning at 10 a.m.. Taking part in this worship were all the staff of the General Secretariat and their spouses, and all the Principal Supervising Pastors and Educational Consultants present at Mbandaka. The Lord’s Supper was celebrated and at the end of worship, everyone ended up sharing a family meal.
July 18, 2010 Prayer by layman for one of the offerings in the Church at Ikengo, Equateur Province
Maybe it’s the cultural emphasis on child bearing and parenthood. Maybe it’s the opportunity to celebrate Mary’s role in the divine drama in a predominantly Roman Catholic country. Maybe it’s the freedom to celebrate Christmas at all after being forbidden during most of the 32 years of Mobutu’s rule in Congo. Whatever the reason, the Congolese love Christmas. In many parishes of the Disciples Community in Congo, from a wire at the front of the church hang Christmas garlands, lights or bells. It can be seen as another offering, another testimony to the joy of Christ’s coming in the life of the community.