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
Megan Klingler, with the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries’ Global Health unit, visits a health checkpoint set up to treat cholera patients outside Majengo Health Center, a United Methodist hospital in Goma, Congo. Photo By Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

Cholera concerns grow in East Congo

Amid the Ebola outbreak, church adds cholera education to public awareness campaign as cases increase in North and South Kivu.
Mission and Ministry
Megan Klingler greets United Methodists after arriving in Goma, Congo, Aug. 20. The Montana nurse, who works with the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries’ Global Health unit, will visit six cities during her three-week trip to conduct training sessions to help stop the spread of Ebola. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

Ebola spreads to area with strong United Methodist ties

Bishop Unda urges church members in East Congo not to panic, vows to continue church’s awareness campaign.
Evangelism
Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda (center) helps rededicate the Yanda village United Methodist church, south of Kindu, Congo. Some 12 churches in the area have been renovated with more weatherproof materials with help from Martin (Tenn.) First United Methodist Church in the U.S. Photo by Chadrack Tambwe Londe, UM News.

Rebuilding straw churches in eastern Congo

So far, more than 12 churches have been renovated or rebuilt with stronger materials, so worshippers no longer have to worry about weather.