The Mbuti Pygmy Tribe live deep in the Iturie rain forest of Northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. R.A.U. is located in northwestern Uganda and within striking distance of the Mbuti. As far as we know there are no “”believers” among the this tribe of pygmies.(**Revised Nov 12, 2015: I have just met with two Congolese brothers here at RAU during our retreat with Congolese leaders. We worked out a ministry trip to Komanda. Pastor Baiti has been working with them and there are number who have come to Christ. This is very good news! He has a heart to reach other Mbuti who are still deep in the forest and unreached. In the first part of April 2016, Lord willing, I will travel f to Komanda for several days of discipleship training and if able head into the forest for evangelism. My ultimate goal is to target Mubuti believers the Lord is raising to shepherd and reach their own people. Lord willing, we will be able to bring some to RAU for training as well. Pray! )Along with some of our Congolese brothers we will be doing research on the Mbuti praying for strategies for planting churches in their midst. No doubt this will involve some initially forays into the Iturie rain forest and praying/training some “laborers” at R.A.U. to live among them proclaiming and living out the gospel in their midst! Would you please pray for the Mbuti and God’s blessing on our plans to reach them?
This National Geographic article highlights the struggles in particular for the Mubti and in general for the Democratic Republic of Congo. One line in the article tore my heart to pieces: “…pygmies are subhuman so anybody can eat them..” Here is the link to the article: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2005/09/mbuti-pygmies/salopek-text
Article from which the above picture comes: http://suite101.com/article/mbuti-the-hunter-gatherers-a394460
May the “light of the world” shine in their midst! (Romans 10:14-17)