Monday, February 20, 2017

Rebels Active Near howFar's Partner Village of Mudja

Today we received this communication from our country director in Goma, DR Congo.

"Hello Executive Director. Brother, I would like to tell you that M23 rebels are back again. However the state has decided to take Mudja pygmies to another area but still it hasn't yet. As you know, Mudja is located in Virunga National Park and it is where rebels violations often start. Thus, to keep pygmies safe, the state has decided better move them to another area.We will let you know as soon as they take them to other area." 

People from Mudja Village with the volcano in the background.

Batwa Pygmy Women and Children  - Mudja, DR Congo

The entire population of Mudja was relocated to a refugee camp in 2013 and howFar's Medical clinic was destroyed by M23 Rebels.

Jim Kelly, Mark Maynard and Renee Maynard Visit howFar's Mudja Medical Clinic.
Please pray for our friends and Medical Clinic at Mudja. howFar will you go?

Sunday, February 19, 2017

2017 Haiti Mission Trip Dates

Join howFar's Diane Moffi on Mission in Haiti. For information on these important trips contact us at

Diane with some of the children at New Hope. Port au Prince, Haiti

2017 Haiti Mission Trip Dates

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howFar Africa 2017 Update

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Crusade in Tanzania

Our team in East Africa, led by Bishop Reuben who oversees all of the howFar churches in Kenya and Tanzania and Pastor Emmanuel who oversees our churches in Tanzania, will hold a huge 5 day crusade ending in Christmas Day.  

Their faithfulness has resulted in the planting of 18 churches and two christian school's since 2004.

To support their work go to howFar will you go?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Message and Update from our howFar Orphanage

Pastor John has let us know that our team in the Congo has received the monthly funds for the howFar orphanage.  Your donations have provided clean drinking water, food and another month of living for the orphans and caretakers living in our howFar orphanage in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Pastor John writes,
"We have received the funds for food at the orphanage and children were too excited to receive it!  However [and], they prayed more blessings to you."

We are so thankful for your partnership in caring for these children, and helping us to spread the Gospel throughout Africa.  

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pastors in Kenya and Tanzania Receive InTouch Messengers

The howFar team gave twelve solar powered digital audio players to our pastors in Kenya and Tanzania.   

Pastor Emmanuel gives Maasai Pastor an InTouch Messenger.
An InTouch Messenger from Dr. Charles Stanley.

The Messenger, from Charles Stanley, allows pastors to listen to sixty sermons, the New Testiment, Psalms and Proverbs in their own language (Maasai and Swahili), so that they can study and prepare for their own church services.  

Friday, July 22, 2016

Kilimanjaro Climb Update

They did it!  Mark, along with howFar board President, Jim Kelly, and a team of friends, completed their goal of reaching the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.  They climbed 19,341 feet, hiking through five different climate zones including rainforest, heath, mooreland, alpine dessert and arctic.

At the "Rooftop of Africa" - the highest point in Africa.

For Mark, this climb was special for many reasons - since 2002, when he first saw Mount Kilimanjaro, Mark dreamed of one day climbing the incredible mountain.  His wish was to be able to look down over the land, into all of the areas where howFar has planted churches and schools, and to pray that God would call many to Himself.

Jim and Mark with their team and guides on Day One

Fast forward to 2016 and this dream became a reality. Mark chose to climb the mountain for an additional reason.  To raise the funding necessary to send all 120 of our orphans at the howFar Orphanage in the Democratic Republic of Congo to school.

After an incredibly challenging week, the team made it to Uhuru Peak, which many call "The rooftop of Africa".

Incredible views from Kilimanjaro.

Mark explained,
"Cimbing Kilimanjaro was one of the most incredible experiences of my life...and one of the hardest things I have ever done.  Without prayer and the drive to accomplish this task for the orphaned children, I don't know that I could have made it through the final seven hour nighttime trek to the top".

"Sunrise on Kilimanjaro was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen."

The final push to the top!
The huge glaciers are awe inspiring.

Through our GoFundMe campaign we raised nearly $5000, which is enough to educate 22 Congolese orphans out of the 120 that are in our care.  This is a tremendous start and we can't wait to see how this will impact the children.

In January when the new school year begins, we will send the 22 oldest children to school so that they are able to catch up, and then eventually help the younger children when they start school.  We plan to leave the GoFundMe campaign live until January in the event that anyone still wants to give to that specific fund.

Our children at the howFar Home in Goma, DR Congo

By giving to this campaign, you are helping us break the cycle of destruction that the Congolese people face.  The UN has stated that the Congo has the largest poverty rate in the world, and through first-hand experience, we at howFar know that there is still serious ongoing warfare and conflict. By taking children off of the street, loving them, and educating them, we are bringing about big changes to the culture - one village at a time.

Thank you for partnering with us!

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