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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Church History
East Congo Episcopal Area Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda (center left, in blue suit) and his wife, Dr. Marie-Claire Diandja (to his left), gather with clergy and lay leaders of the Tunda District on a tree-lined street leading to the local church. This year, United Methodists of the East Congo Episcopal Area are joyfully commemorating the centennial of the church in eastern Congo. Photo by Chadrack Londe, UM News.

Church in East Congo celebrates 100 years of existence

The first American missionaries, led by Ansel Lynn (alias Uwandji Lupungu), made a covenant with local residents in February 1922.
Global Health
Dr. Marie Claire Manafundu, program officer for the Maternal and Child Health Program in East Congo, serves porridge to malnourished children at United Methodist Irambo Hospital in Bukavu, Congo. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

Church helps nurse children back to health in Congo

With the support of United Methodist Global Ministries’ Global Health program, more than 1,000 malnourished children are recovering in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
General Church
East Congo Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda (center) is surrounded by lay and clerical leaders after his election as provincial president of the Church of Christ in Congo in Maniema. The CCC is a union of 95 Protestant and Evangelical Christian denominations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Judith Osongo, UM News.

Bishop Unda picked to lead ecumenical group

The United Methodist bishop has been elected provincial president of the Church of Christ in Congo of Maniema, a union of 95 Protestant and evangelical Christian denominations in the Democratic Republic of Congo.