After seven months of waiting finally, our container arrived on May 20th at the Matadi Port. The container took three weeks to be cleared before getting out. It was an extensive process that caused stress and anxiety, but finally, the team on the ground was able to finalize the customs process, and in the team’s possession on June 11th. Since it was a shared container, the team on the ground opened it, and each party got what belongs to them. Our boxes and the car arrived safely in Boma and are stored in the compound where we live. We are so thankful to God for protection, no matter how long that took, and thanks to all of you who have been praying for the safe arrival of the container.
It is a joy as a family to see Sarah finishing her time. Ten years ago, we wondered how it would work for Sarah to study, as we are engaging in mission, especially going to Ecuador where the language spoken is Spanish. We find in Sarah, the gift of languages and that helped her to connect well in the Ecuadorian school system where she made good improvements.
When they assigned us for the next mission station in the DRC, we began to wonder again about Sarah going to a country where the school system is not strong compare to the USA and other third world countries. We took the risk to leave Sarah in the USA for better study and trusted that she would be under God’s care. It was not easy to make that decision, but as a family, we vowed to join hands and to see Sarah finish high school.
On June 12, 2021, she received her high school diploma and ready to move to the next level. She was admitted at Penn State University with a 75% scholarship, and she will be stationed at State College’s main campus. From July 1, 2021, she will be traveling in the DRC to spend time with us before joining college. Let us continue to hold her in our prayers.
- Praise God for the safe arrival of the container
- Pray for Sarah’s next step in college for God to grant wisdom and provision
- Pray for CELCCO and the Bishop’s upcoming consecration
- Pray for the DRC government for its stability.
- Pray for our safe return to the DRC
Pastor Didi Panzo is an NALC Global Worker, serving with WMPL, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. To learn more about the Panzo family or to partner with them in ministry, please visit thenalc.org/pastor-didi-panzo.