CHURCHGOERS from across the Island gathered at a special concert at St Mark’s Church last week to hear about the recent conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
A bishop from Nord Kivu – which has been at the centre of the recent war – spoke at the event on Friday, along with Jersey resident Janet Taylor, who is going to work with the displaced people in the bishop’s diocese.
Mrs Taylor, a former florist, has sold her business and was expected to travel to the area today to begin her work. Those at the concert prayed for her and offered her their support for the work she intends to do over the coming years.
The Rev Martyn Shea, of St Mark’s Church, who helped organise the event, said that the concert was a powerful reminder of what was happening in the DRC.
‘Bishop Enoch Kayeeye, the Diocesan Bishop of North-Kivu in the DRC, spoke very movingly and powerfully about the displaced families during the recent conflict in the area,’ he said.
‘It was inspiring to hear of ways that the Church is responding with aid and sustainable projects that will help families and whole communities rebuild their lives.’
Jersey has strong links with the North-Kivu area and Bishop Enoch as money donated by Islanders to the Jersey Congo Trust has largely been used in this area.
To find out more about supporting Mrs Taylor in her work in the DRC people should contact the Rev Jane Ilton on 722327.
• Picture: Support was expressed at the concert for Janet Taylor’s future work in the DRC. She is pictured above in the front row of the group with Bishop Enoch Kayeeye