A graduation at the Christian Bilingual University of Congo (UCBC) is always an emotional moment for Kaswera and me. Each year, we are overcome with joy as we celebrate the dedication of our courageous students, the perseverance of our gifted staff, and the faithfulness of all who support them – parents, community partners, and friends like you around the world. These young leaders are the fruit of our collective efforts! For all these things we say, “To God be the glory.”
This year, our celebration was especially joyful because at certain points during DR Congo’s Covid-19 lockdown, we were unsure if a graduation ceremony would even take place. But gratefully, after a four-month delay, we witnessed UCBC’s 13th graduation ceremony just weeks ago.
We can all relate to delays, doubts, and waiting this year. This season of Advent reminds us that waiting is part of our faith journey. We wait knowing that our hoped-for Savior has come and is coming again, even when we don’t see him yet. A season of waiting can be a purposeful time of growth and preparation despite the uncertainties around us.
At Congo Initiative, we spent much of 2020 reflecting on the past 15 years and preparing for the future. Our time was not wasted! Now, together with you, we step into 2021 with anticipation of all God will do to transform Congo through the change-makers God is raising up all around us.
Kaswera and I are convinced that now is the time to invest in these change-makers – the children, students, professionals, families, and leaders we invest in each day. Now is the time to equip them to make a difference in their communities. Through them, change is already coming to Congo, and that gives us hope!
Looking forward with you to a Merry Christmas,
Drs. David and Kaswera Kasali
Co-Founders, Congo Initiative