INDIANAPOLIS – Friendly Planet Missiology missionary, the Rev. Bob Walters, biked by the Indiana Conference Center on Sept. 15, accompanied by the Rev. Ruth Waite of Greensboro, Ind., bringing the needs of the North Katanga Conference to light.

At that point, Walters said he was just shy of 600 miles on his statewide 1,000 mile bike trek. He began on Sept. 1 in southern Indiana and concluded on Sept. 30 in northern Indiana. He visited more than four dozen United Methodist congregations.

He reported that “we (United Methodists) have a lot of pastors, doctors, nurses, school teachers in the remote districts of North Katanga that are exhausted and running out of the few resources they have.”

This is the reason Walters traveled the state by bike, the primary means of transportation by pastors in rural Africa is by bike. He seeks support to assist United Methodist pastors in purchasing bikes and now boats to continue to reach out into rural areas.

He had hoped the Rev. Joseph Mulongo Ndala would have joined him, but the pastor was detained in the DRC and did not arrive until after the state-wide bike trek. Mulongo has since arrived and has traveled across Indiana with Walters by car visiting churches that support Friendly World Missiology.

Walters told Together, “We were interested in learning two things: the state of the church and community in districts that were overrun in the war, and the state of mission stations that had been run by resident missionaries before the war,”

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The Rev. Bob Walters of Friendly Planet Missiology was joined on his 1,000 mile bike trip across the state by the Rev. Ruth Waite of Greensboro, Ind. They stand in front of the building containing the Indiana Conference Center in Indianapolis.