Bob and Kristi Rice - Congo
In January, 2010, Bob and Kristi Rice began as mission workers of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where they served with the Presbyterian Community of Congo (CPC) as successful consultants and colleagues with an active involvement in visioning and implementing new initiatives in Christian education and evangelism, and assisting in the areas of reconciliation, care for vulnerable children, and helping community development initiatives seeking to lift up the poor. Because of civil conflict in the Congo in 2017 they were forced to leave.
In May 2017, they began a new role and call in South Sudan. Bob serves as an instructor at Nile Theological College (NTC) and teaches a broad range of courses in theology and biblical studies. Kristi serves as an economic and development advisor for the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church. She works to strengthen the identification, development, and management of church development projects that support the financial goals of the church and improve the health and wellbeing of the communities. They live in Juba, the capital city of South Sudan.
South Sudan became an independent nation in 2011 and a second Nile Theological College (NTC) campus was established in Malakal, South Sudan. Civil war broke out in December of 2013, affecting the entire nation of South Sudan, leaving no one unaffected. Malakal, being strategically located on the Nile River, was a contested city, much of it being destroyed including the young college, which was then moved from Malakal to Juba in 2014. NTC has grown from five students to more than seventy. Roughly ten of these students live in Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps and a majority of the students have been displaced from all over the country. Due to the compromised security situation and challenges with education in South Sudan, wives and children of the leadership of the NTC live in surrounding countries such as Egypt, Sudan and Uganda.
Please pray and support Bob and Kristi Rice as they answer God’s call in Juba, South Sudan. Please follow them on their weekly blog, bobandkristi.blogspot.com.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
To donate money for their mission, designate support for the Rice's mission on checks written to VPC. Prayer support always benefits all of our missionaries, both here and abroad. Thanks to all who support our missions at Valley Presbyterian Church. Know that your caring and support and caring makes a difference in God's Kingdom.
Read more about Bob and Kristi at www.pcusa.org/bob-and-kristi-rice
Follow them at their blog bobandkristi.blogspot.com
Mission Committee Contact Doug Clark can be contacted through the VPC Office email, VPCfirstname.lastname@example.org