Marie Olive Kabila, wife of President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is leading the people in prayer to God for spiritual change of the country.
-- From "Congo's First Lady: 'We Need You, Lord'" by George Thomas, CBN News Sr. Reporter 9/7/10
Her participation in a recent Christian event drew national attention and came as a surprise to many in her country.
In the small church on the east side of the capital city of Kinshasa, hundreds of people gathered recently as Mrs. Kabila declared three days of nationwide prayer and fasting.
"I am here to tell you that I will never be ashamed of my Lord's name," said Kabila. "We need Him desperately to heal our country."
According to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, more than 5 million people have died in the country since 1998 from famine, violence and disease.
"The First Lady is a strong person of faith," said Theodore Mugalu, who serves as the presidential couple's spiritual advisor. "She knows that it is only through prayer that we can face the goliaths of our culture. That's why these days are so important."
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