East Congo: The long journey to peace

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The United Methodist Church is flourishing in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The denomination’s newest episcopal area was established in 2012, with offices in Kindu.

But much of the area is impassable because no roads exist in the region ransacked by years of civil wars. Violent outbreaks are still occurring in some parts of the country.

This series of stories and photos shines a spotlight on the many ministries and people of The United Methodist Church in a place rarely visited by members of the global church.
 

 

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Social Concerns
Displaced people, including United Methodists, from Mutwangwa and Eringeti villages arrive in Beni, Congo, after fleeing an attack by insurgents. Twenty-five civilians, including seven United Methodists, were killed in the Dec. 31 massacre. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

United Methodists killed in Congo massacre

Seven United Methodists from two families were among at least 25 killed in the latest violence in this East Congo territory, according to the Beni District superintendent.
Local Church
Members of the Kivu Annual Conference, meeting in Goma, Congo, pray for 19 civilians killed in a massacre in Mamove. Among those killed were six United Methodists who were traveling to a church meeting. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

United Methodists among 19 dead in Congo massacre

Six United Methodists were among 19 civilians killed in a massacre blamed on the rebel group Allied Democratic Forces.
Global Health
A new water tank holds water reserves at United Methodist Irambo Hospital in Bukavu, Congo. The tank was installed to collect rainwater to use at the health center. “(The tanks) sometimes allow us to conserve water, especially during this dry season when water has become a scarce commodity in the city of Bukavu,” said Dr. Djimmy Kasongo, medical director at the hospital. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Irambo Hospital.

Water project lightens load for new mothers

With a grant from UMCOR, church installs rainwater collection systems at three health facilities in East Congo Episcopal Area.