Help the Local Church Promote Peace

On Saturday, June 11th, Christians gathered in Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo to transform weapons of war into tools of flourishing! Tearfund hosted a public peace rally featuring former child soldiers and survivors of conflict violence as they  ‘beat the guns’ to make garden tools, asking leaders to support peace building and rehabilitation programs.

In addition to the peace rally, we have worked with our partners to launch agricultural training to teach farming skills to former child soldiers. This skill is key in helping them to support themselves, and find healing from trauma.

They will beat their swords into plowshares
    and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
    nor will they train for war anymore.
-Isaiah 2:4

 Join us to rally for peace. 

Amani means peace in Swahili



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Guns into Garden Tools

Help promote peace. 

Transforming guns into garden tools 

The metal from the decommissioned weapons will be melted down and the youth from the armed groups, religious leaders, and local authorities will beat the metal into small garden hoes.


Planting trees and flowers of peace

The weapons that were used to kill and destroy communities will now be used to plant trees and flowers and produce food.

Advocating for Peace

After transforming guns into garden tools, all participants will be invited to sign an advocacy document, containing declarations of peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Pray with us

  • Please pray for peace across Congo and that its people will ‘learn’ peace instead of war.
  • Please pray for the event, that many churches will be there and commit to praying and acting for peace.
  • Please pray that the military government and local authorities are present and are envisioned to work effectively for peace.
  • Please pray for the armed groups, that God may change the minds and hearts of those involved in violence and enable safe methods for people to leave the group.



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