Congo Central Conference

Local Church
Agronomist Rachid Mutoro (right), a United Methodist in the Kivu Conference, helps a member of United Methodist Men tend to a new tree nursery the men have started in Goma, Congo. The men’s group is planning to transfer the trees to United Methodist church land in the region. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

United Methodist men fight climate change in Congo

The men’s groups are planting trees on United Methodist properties and educating church members on ways to protect the environment.
Mission and Ministry
Solange Cabwene (in blue shirt), a mother of two, brought her children to the United Methodist Irambo Health Center in Bukavu, Congo, for treatment for malnutrition. She joined The United Methodist Church's Vulnerable Association of Savings and Credit to help pay for her medical bills. “This helped me because the association gave me a credit (loan) and today I start selling embers, and my two children (will) not relapse," she said. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

Making medical care more affordable in Congo

United Methodist hospitals start savings and credit institutions to help country’s most vulnerable pay for medical treatment, get regular care.
Evangelism
A Congolese student passes on a candle to his teacher as a symbol of successfully completing the Early Years of Education course at Dr. B.T. Cooper United Methodist School in Nairobi, Kenya. Of the 310 students enrolled at the school, 200 are Congolese children with refugee status. Photo by Gad Maiga, UM News.

Church school helps refugees heal

At Kenya’s Dr. B.T. Cooper United Methodist School, 200 of the 310 students are Congolese on refugee status.
Mission and Ministry
Six-year-old David Usumbu is carried by his mother, Masika Bahati Nehema, after being discharged from a transit center in Beni, Congo, where he was being monitored after showing symptoms of Ebola. He did not have the virus, but the Ulangi family has faced difficulty integrating back into the community. Photo courtesy of the Ulangi family.

Ebola takes toll on United Methodists

For some survivors, including church members, reintegration into the community has not been easy.

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