Why Grace Church Cares about the Central African Republic

You’ve seen and heard a lot about the Central African Republic (CAR) in recent months at Grace Church. In preparation for tomorrow’s “International Day of Solidarity”, I urge you to take the time to familiarize yourself with the situation. Here are some helpful steps:

General Information:

For general information, please check out a previous post about the CAR, here And here.

What is going on?

If you’re looking for some clarification on the complexities of this situation – “what are they fighting over, anyway?” – read this.

Close to Home…Our Hearts are Broken:

To demonstrate how “close to home” this situation is hitting, please read this email we received Friday:


We received confirmation yesterday that Teacher Valery of the Ladoumie Hand in Hand (HnH) orphan school was shot and killed on Saturday, January 11, 2014.

 This is a great loss to the LaDoumie church, to their HnH school, and to the many students past and present that he has blessed. Teacher Valery was a model teacher in skills and in heart, and a man of integrity. He served with excellence the Lord, his family, his church, his students and his community.

 Pray for his young widow and their five children, as well as others who depended on him including four other children and his mother.

La Doumie is the church/school that partners with Lititz Christian School. Our partnership is with another “class/teacher” there (this particular teacher and classroom is sponsored by another church), but we have visited this class and met this teacher.

What You Can Do:

Please plan to be a part of tomorrow’s “International Day of Solidarity” to pray for this situation. Grace Church ministry leaders will be leading three prayer times tomorrow, in the Grace Meeting Room (off the main lobby) at 6:30 a.m., 12 p.m., and 6 p.m.

Also, find a list of prayer requests for the day here.

Teacher Valery’s classroom at La Doumie. Picture taken during our 2009 visit.