Bethesda Relief International, Inc. is a Christian organization focused on showing the love of Jesus by following his example to care for those less fortunate, including orphans and widows with children.
We work with Bethesda Relief Services, a local charity in the Democratic Republic of Congo, run by Bishop John Bofata, pictured to the left.
The Wisconsin School - Sept 2014
The first room completed and classes have begun at the Wisconsin School. The room dedicated to Harvestime Outreach Church, began classes. See more pictures here.
When complete, the Wisconsin school will hold 800 students at one time. The school will be able to provide both elementary and secondary education including up to 200 orphans under Bishop John's care.
Click here to read more in the Hudson Star Observer about the work in 2012.
The school will be built in surrounding area of the capital city of Kinshasa, DR Congo. The school location itself is approximately 45 minutes from downtown Kinshasa, and is located in the countryside hills surrounding the city. When visiting the building site, we saw several families living nearby and people were anxious to see construction continue so they could have gainful employment.
The school construction location can be seen on Google, just zoom in and select satellite to see the outline of the foundation from November 2011 ...
Orphans of the Congo
Forty orphans count on Bishop John for food, medical supplies, tuition, clothing, and housing throughout the course of each month.
Pictured here, Margaret, a caregiver and widow who cares for 9 of the orphans along with some other women providing help. Margaret has raised 3 children of her own, and continues to help those in need.
Distributing vitamins to orphans
Lori distributes supplies to Beni, one of the orphans who has survived numerous near death illnesses, during the 2008 visit.
Lori talks with Bishop John on the needs of the orphans ...