Tomorrow, November 28th, 2011, is an important day. It just happens to be my birthday, but more importantly, it’s the presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo. To say that it’s a volatile time would be understatement.
After many years of horrendous civil war, the Congo presently enjoys tentative peace, but tensions are high, corruptions many, and unrest likely regardless of election outcome. The 57 page long ballots aren’t distributable to some regions due to weather and dense forestation. 64,000,000 ballots have been printed–nearly twice the number of citizens eligible to vote; accusations of fraud abound. There are eleven candidates vying for president and 18,000 candidates competing for the 500 available parliamentary positions. It’s complicated–and in a country with high illiteracy rates, it’s mind boggling.
Here are a few links to read more about tomorrow’s election. (Results of the vote won’t be in until December 6th, so prayers for peace in this beautiful and troubled land throughout the next week and beyond are appreciated.)
Here are some links to news about the upcoming DRC election–click to visit the news articles:
Pastor Didier is in the United States until the end of December. The orphanage, and our sweet Kiffanie are pretty far from Kinshasa, the capital of the DRC. Please pray with us for all affected by this election–for peace and freedom to reign, for safety, and for God’s purposes to be accomplished through these events. We also treasure prayers that God will pave the way for bringing Kiffanie home soon despite (and even through) these events. We are praying to obtain our act of adoption, and then file our next step (the final step before travel!) with USCIS by early January. A government stand-still would obviously delay things. We watch the Congo with concern for the Congolese people and those we’ve come to know and love there–but also with hearts that ache to have our own little girl home. We’ve fixed up the girl’s room, and a bed now awaits. How I long to see a curly-haired head on that pillow!
We know that government leaders–good and evil, are placed in their positions by God for His purposes, even when our mortal vision fails to see God’s hand or know His reasons. We pray that God will work through this election–whatever the outcome–to bring peace deeper than political peace to the hearts of those who hunger and thirst for truth in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Harp and Hammers DRC Fact: Incumbent president Joseph Kabila Kabange was born June 4, 1971. He has been President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo since January 2001, when he took office ten days after the assassination of his father, President Laurent-Désiré Kabila. He was then elected as President in 2006, and is a candidate for another term in the 2011 election.