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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Mission and Ministry
United Methodist Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda prays for peanuts produced during the last growing season in Kindu, Congo. With an estimated 27 million people facing food insecurity in the country, the East Congo bishop has called for redoubling efforts to combat hunger through agriculture. Photo by Chadrack Tambwe Londe, UM News.

Church responds as famine threatens Congo

United Methodist Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda, East Congo Episcopal Area, calls for amplifying agricultural activities to fight food insecurity.
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.