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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

June 12th - July 27th
6 Weeks
Janelle Kopa
Janelle Kopa
Message from Janelle Kopa

The year 2017, was a transformational for my life, for my heart, and most importantly, with my relationship with the Lord. I began 2017 with a mission trip to Thailand. My heart was broken for the people in this world in a way that it has never hurt or even known before. I started seeing Jesus for who He really is: A Redeemer, a Restorer, a Healer, a Lover, a Father.

Most of my life, I have lived for seeking hope in this world. I begged to find security and consistency in people, circumstances, accomplishments, talents, looks, relationships, and ultimately in anything I could control and work hard enough for. All of these things failed me. Every single time. No matter how hard I worked, I was left in pieces of never feeling good enough. I fought for consistency in everything that would always be inconsistent. I never won this battle. Instead, I am learning how to surrender this battle over to the Lord. His Truth is consistent, His ways are life itself, and His love is truly endless. In Laos, a 12-year-old girl told me something I will never forget: “My goal is to live for God with all of my heart and all of my time.” To this moment, I am still in awe of her total dedication to serve God. Nothing else mattered in comparison. Philippians 3:8 says, “Yes, everything else is worthless when compared to the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake, I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with Him”. From that moment, I knew that is how I wanted to live. However, over these past few months, I have learned that giving 100% of myself to God is extremely different than I would have ever pictured. It is a process of continuous prayer, adjustment, and obedience in a way that honestly still scares me. Giving 100% of myself to God means choosing to die to myself daily in order to live for Him and His glory so that He will give me life. It means putting His plans above my own, and grabbing His hand in a leap of faith, trusting wholeheartedly that He will carry me through it all, with a plan and purpose for my life greater than I could have ever imagined.

With much prayer, I have felt the calling to go on a long-term mission trip to Kinshasa, a city consisting of 12 million people in the heart of The Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa. The Lord has given me a sense of urgency with sharing the gospel there. Since Thailand, I have developed a desire for sharing the gospel with young women who must provide for themselves and their family and who do not yet know the Lord. I struggle with finding hope and security in this world, yet I know the true security that Christ offers all of us! In The Congo, I will be building relationships and teaching reading and writing to women working in Tabitha Centers, which are textile workplaces where most families are in poverty. I will also be building relationships with children who need to learn not only how to survive, but to thrive in Christ. I have been praying that God would not simply bless me, but that He would work through me in order to bless others. I am learning that this is just the start of what giving 100% of myself to God looks like.

The trip is the majority of my 2018 summer. I will be in Africa for 6 weeks from June 12-July 27. I cannot think of any other way I would like to dedicate my time than to giving myself completely to Christ as His servant. The trip is $3,400 + airfare. I realize that this is an incredible amount of money, but I pray that you would consider supporting me in prayer and/or financially on this journey to spread the gospel to people who desperately need to know the Lord. “Missions aren’t the goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exist because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man.” I am taking a faithful step in obedience by committing to this trip and trusting that the Lord will prepare my heart and provide the finances for this journey. If you would like to send support by check or cash, my address is 1141 State St. Apt #2 La Crosse, WI 54601. I would love to share with you what God is doing in my life! Please let me know if you have time to meet up or talk on the phone. My phone number is 810-772-3744.

Best Wishes, Janelle Kopa

Trip Overview

Kinshasa, the capitol of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is a quickly growing city, uniquely poised to impact large parts of Central Africa with the gospel. As in most cities, there is a wide variety of people to be ministered to.

The team in Kinshasa desires to be involved in gospel-centered ministries throughout the city. One example is with children who need to learn not only to survive but to thrive in Christ, despite the difficulties they face on a daily basis. Another is with young women who need to know that they have value while receiving a means of providing for themselves. Others include giving real Bible training to pastors and missionaries, and responding to those who desire to improve their options with a knowledge of English. All these, and many more, are opportunities to reach people where they are and where they need it.

Interns will immerse themselves in these ministries to expand the capacity of national leaders and prepare themselves to tell the stories. They will spend time learning Lingala, the local trade language, in order to build relationships. Their ability to speak English will also open up opportunities to reach out to those studying that language.

Interns will stay in the home of our long-term, american missionary based in Kinshasa. They will be driven to various ministry locations throughout the city by a trusted Congolese driver.

Our team will be thrilled to welcome interns to experience first-hand the ways God is working in Kinshasa!

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