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If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. + 1 Corinthian 12:26

Since the 1990s, the Democratic Republic of Congo has suffered from the deadliest global conflict since World War II.  Two civil wars have taken the lives of 6 million people and an estimated 2 million have been displaced from their homes and their communities.

Because of their deep relationships in the Congo, Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ, has made standing with the people of the Congo a priority.  In 2011 the Disciples General Assembly and UCC General Synod each passed a resolution entitled “A Call for Reflection and Advocacy on Behalf of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.” 

The resolution was passed in order to, “raise awareness of and engage settings of the church in advocacy regarding the violent conflicts and human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”  The resolution also calls on the church to, “reflect and advocate on behalf of sisters and brothers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.” 

SALT was fortunate enough to partner up with the Global Ministries' Congo Initiative this summer to bring churches around the world a glimpse of life in the Congo.  Over the next few days, we’ll post the videos we’ve been working on and pray that churches will continue in their mission of promoting justice, defending women and children, and supporting our brothers and sisters in the Congo so that we all might rejoice!


pentecost offering and SALT

We've been busy as bees over at SALT making lots of media for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)!  The video above is a spot we created for Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation to support the recruitment, assessment, training and coaching of new church pastors, spouses and core team members (as you may know, Matt and Liz started a new church in Boston, MA (back in the day!) which makes this project especially sweet!).

When Dick Hamm, former general minister and president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), introduced the 2020 Vision in 2001, he challenged the Christian Church to look like the face of America. He also set forth a challenge to start 1,000 new Disciples congregations by 2020.

Today, Disciples have started 800 new communities of faith and counting! More than 50,000 people have been introduce to the good news of the gospel, and 18 languages are spoken in their churches.

On May 12 and May 19, 2013, Disciples churches will collect the Pentecost Offering to fund the new church movement and they need your support (even though SALT's not a congregation, we'll all be opening our billfolds next month and pitching in for this important work!).

Anyway, let us know what you think about the short film above - we'd love to hear from you...