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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Global Health
Nurse Leonard Shako (left) and Dr. Djimmy Kasongo, director of United Methodist Irambo Health Center in Bukavu, Congo, were among a group of United Methodist health workers who gathered in February to discuss the Ebola epidemic and ways to make prevention efforts more effective. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

United Methodist caregivers reflect on Ebola

Doctors and nurses at United Methodist hospitals gathered to look for ways to make prevention efforts more effective as the outbreak showed signs of slowing.
Mission and Ministry
Jean Tshomba, coordinator of UMCOR's disaster management office in Eastern Congo, hands over a bag of flour to one of the beneficiaries during the distribution of food in the Lubutu ecclesiastical district at the end of November 2019. The United Methodist Committee on Relief provided humanitarian assistance to war-displaced people in the region. Photo courtesy of UMCOR Disaster Management Office, East Congo.

Church helps war-displaced families in East Congo

The United Methodist Committee on Relief provided a $100,000 grant to distribute food to more than 5,500 people who fled their homes due to violence.
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.