Congo Central Conference

Disaster Relief
A mother receives food provided by The United Methodist Church in Beni, Congo. The aid was part of a $100,000 grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s International Disaster Response program to support internally displaced persons in Beni and Rutshuru in East Congo. Photo by Chadrack Tambwe Londe, UM News.

UMCOR assists displaced families in East Congo

Funds from the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s International Disaster Response program helped purchase food and other supplies for people in Beni who have fled attacks in outlying areas.
Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Collins Etchi Ako, a United Methodist missionary serving in Congo, talks about some of the challenges he faces in his ministry. Ako visited Nashville in April. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Wesley’s words inspire Congo missionary

The Rev. Collins Etchi Ako spells out some of the hardships he is up against in his work in Africa.
Social Concerns
Students in the Government Vocational Training Center in Gombe, Nigeria, attend a Triumph Over Trauma training led by Doris Adamu Jenis. Jenis, a former women’s group leader in the Northern Nigeria Conference, received training in early 2022 from Harper Hill Global, which was founded by United Methodist deacon the Rev. Neelley Hicks. Photo courtesy of Doris Adamu Jenis.

Program helps trauma survivors heal

Triumph Over Trauma, a seven-week psychoeducational program for people going through trauma, is the outcome of work a United Methodist deacon was doing for survivors of sexual violence in eastern Congo.
Theology and Education
Burundi's head of state, Evariste Nadayishimiye, inaugurated two primary schools and a technical school in the Gitega District of the Burundi Conference."The UMC has shown a good example by fulfilling what the word of God teaches them." Graphic by UM News.

Head of state inaugurates new UM schools

Burundi's head of state, Evariste Nadayishimiye, inaugurated two primary schools and a technical school in the Gitega District. The schools, projects of The United Methodist Church in Burundi, feature 24 classrooms, and more than 2,000 students already have registered.

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