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Partnerships

Congolese Refugees

Voice in the Wilderness Organization (VWO) is a non-profit founded in 2012 by two Congolese Americans. It has a two-fold purpose: to help Congolese refugees achieve stability and healthy integration in Minnesota, and to give aid to humanitarian efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Many refugees are fleeing extreme violence and unrest in the DRC, but once they arrive in Minnesota, they often have needs that can’t be met by social service agencies alone. VWO helps refugees with challenges like finding jobs, navigating transportation and learning English. At the same time, VWO also celebrate the preservation of Congolese cultural heritage and identity.

Voice in the Wilderness is also building a school back in the DRC because they believe education will give young people the tools they need to fight poverty and injustice, and create a successful and developed community.

Voice in the Wilderness has office space in our building, and hosts events here at Woodland. Through our partnership, we hope to show Jesus’ love to people of the Congo in tangible ways.

Contact Kilo at wisekilo@gmail.com or Djuma at kassongo4@gmail.com.

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"We have been podrishioners for several months. Our daughter, son-in-law and grandkids moved back to California after living in MN for 10 years. They attended Woodland Hills for about a year before they moved. Now we all go to the beach together on Thursdays, come home and have dinner together, then we watch last Sunday’s sermon together. It is a special day for our family."

– Dale and Patricia, from California