Julie Mapatano Destiny Story
Redeeming Love and Plan B
Julie Mapatano grew up under the cruel dictatorship of Mobutu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was in the war-torn DR Congo that a desire for freedom leapt within her and her husband. In 1996, the Mapatano family had the chance to leave the country, so they fled as refugees to Kenya. They prayed and believed God to help them eventually move to the United States. After a three-year wait, they were finally granted asylum in Atlanta, Georgia.
Julie’s husband, Isaac, discovered Andrew Wommack while listening to the radio on his way to work. Isaac had never heard teachings like Andrew’s before and called Julie to tell her that she needed to listen to him. For the first time, the couple learned that they did not have to do anything to earn God’s love. After listening to Andrew on the radio for two weeks, they attended a Gospel Truth Seminar in Atlanta, Georgia. Their entire family got baptized in the Holy Spirit at the seminar. This was a huge step for them; they had been taught that only “special” people could experience the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Later, Isaac decided to drive from Atlanta to Colorado Springs for a Summer Family Bible Conference. While there, he knew that this was where his family was supposed to be. So, the couple registered as students at Charis Bible College Colorado.
There was a lot they didn’t know at first, including their identity in Jesus. But as time went on, Isaac and Julie knew in their hearts that they wanted to go back home to the Congo to share the unconditional love of God. That was their dream. But one week after Julie and her husband finished their first year of Charis, Julie’s life was turned upside down. Suddenly and unexpectedly, Isaac got sick, and in a moment, Julie’s life and dreams for the future radically changed. After three days of being sick, her husband died.
Many people go to counseling after such a terrible loss. But for Julie, her therapy was going back to Charis. She knew she had to learn more about God’s unconditional love for her. Despite the pain and now the responsibility of raising six children by herself, Julie knew she had to finish what she started. Charis helped solidify in her heart that God loved her no matter what.
When Julie went back to school for her second year, Andrew began by teaching on visions and dreams. He taught that plan B for our lives can be better than plan A. Julie talked with Andrew after that class and told him what she had been going through. Andrew told her, “Julie, God is not finished with you yet.” Two days later, she received a phone call from her dad, who was a headmaster of a school in the Congo. He was discouraged because he had to refuse orphans who could not pay their tuition. Julie decided to use her income tax refund to support not only the orphans but also two hundred kids in the school. But she knew there was more for her to do in her home country.
In 2011, Julie took a trip to Africa and had the opportunity to meet some of those orphans. Their natural needs as well as a lack of foundation in the Word is what caused Julie to start Redeeming Love Ministries of the DR Congo. Redeeming Love Ministries serves orphans in practical and spiritual ways, including through the provision of food, medical care, school tuition, supplies, uniforms, and solid biblical teaching. Julie’s biggest hope is to bring God’s unconditional love to the DR Congo. She is fully prepared for plan B. “Knowing that I’m loved by Him changed my life completely,” she says. “Jesus is everything to me. He is my provider, my friend, my husband, my everything.”
Habakkuk 2:2 says, “Write the vision, and make it plain.” At Redeeming Love Ministries, Julie Mapatano and her team are faithful to carry out the vision and mission of spreading the redeeming love of Jesus Christ to children in the DR Congo. The mission of Redeeming Love Ministries is to “transform the Congo with God’s love by nurturing the children of DRC with healthy food, proper medical care, sound schooling, and the Word of God.” The vision is “to see every Congolese child bloom in spirit, soul, and body.”
Friends and partners of AWM support more than twenty ministries across the globe, including Redeeming Love Ministries. Because of your support, the same love that brought redemption to Julie in Colorado Springs is being brought to the orphans in Africa.