MEDFLAG 2010, Chaplains Outreach, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, September 2010
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A young giril from Centre Evangelique La Resurrection church in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, looks at the tag for the name of her Beanie Baby, a gift from the Illinois National Guard ministry team Sept. 11. The ministry team is a part of MEDFLAG 10, a joint medical exercise aimed at providing humanitarian assistance to the local people.
U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kassidy L Snyder.
Three and a half years to build; more than 6,000 members; completely debt free — a church is built by the people for the people.
“This church is the fruit of the sacrifices of our people,” said Guy-Roger Dang, associate pastor at Centre Evangelique La Resurrection in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
The two-story church standing in the middle of Kinshasa will celebrate the one-year anniversary of its opening in December.
Illinois National Guard Chaplain (Col.) Daniel Krumrei, along with chaplain assistant Sgt. 1st Class David Penny, were welcomed by the pastor and his congregation as they made a visit of goodwill.
“We are very happy and encouraged to see people of other countries come to visit our church,” said Dang.
The church proudly displays multiple flags on its altar to signify the different countries of its visitors.
Krumrei of Springfield, Ill., and Penny of Buckley, Ill., are in Africa with MEDFLAG 10, a joint medical exercise aimed at providing humanitarian assistance to the Congolese people. The chaplain and his assistant’s primary mission is to take care of service members involved in the exercise, both personally and spiritually.
In addition to supporting U.S. service members, the ministry team is engaging with chaplains of the Armed Forces of Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC). “Our Congolese counterparts showed special interests in discussing areas of trauma, family care and post-traumatic stress,” Krumrei said.
The Illinois National Guard ministry team is conducting a three-day workshop with FARDC chaplains, aimed at bringing peace within the country and to the people, he said.
This is the first visit to Africa for the ministry team; however, the mission is a familiar one. Krumrei has been a chaplain for more than 25 years and visited ,many countries. “Each mission is a privilege, and it is important to understand our similarities and differences so we can work together to accomplish the overall mission,” Krumrei said.
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