Congo Central Conference

Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Henry Jean Robert Kasongo Numbize prays over relief supplies in Goma, Congo, that will be provided to help survivors of the May 22 eruption of the Mount Nyiragongo volcano, about 10 miles from Goma. Numbize is superintendent of The United Methodist Church’s Goma District. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

Cooperative church efforts aid Congo volcano recovery

Serving in partnership, the United Methodist Committee on Relief and Connexio Switzerland respond to urgent needs after May 22 disaster.
Social Concerns
Jean Tshomba, coordinator of the United Methodist Committee on Relief's disaster management office in East Congo, explains to displaced people where the aid comes from and how it is distributed at Kalinda Stadium in the Mulekera commune in Beni, Congo. UMCOR provided almost $100,000 USD for food and other relief. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

UMCOR aids displaced people in Congo

Tensions remain high as rebels target civilians, threatening lives and livelihoods and killing scores of people.
Mission and Ministry
Residents of the Buhene neighborhood of Goma, Congo, survey the damage to their homes after the Mount Nyiragongo volcano erupted, killing at least 15 people. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

Volcano eruption in Congo hits church, homes

United Methodist leaders are assessing the damage following the eruption of the Mount Nyiragongo volcano, which swept away a church and many homes.
Global Health
Members of Sayuni United Methodist Church in Fizi, Congo, participate in Sunday worship. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, around 24,000 people would attend church services each Sunday in the Kivu Conference. Now, that number is about 10,000, according to the conference's statistician. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

United Methodists promote COVID-19 vaccines in Congo

Downward trend continues in church attendance, finances and evangelism efforts as faithful opt to stay home rather than risk infection.

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