Congo Central Conference

Mission and Ministry
High school student Sylvestre Muthoma prepares to return to class in Bukavu, Congo. Schools reopened in August for those needing to take their final exams to graduate. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

African schools adapt to health requirements

Others roll out e-learning programs as churches offer support to children, parents and teachers amid COVID-19 disruptions.
Mission and Ministry
During the Ebola epidemic, East Congo Area Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda washes his hands and is helped by the Rev. Jean-Paul Omole, superintendent of the Goma District, during the Kivu Annual Conference in June 2019. Photo By Chadrack Londe, UM News.

Churches celebrate end of 2018-2020 Ebola outbreak

United Methodist churches played a part in helping to share health and prevention information, as well as work to prevent the stigma Ebola survivors often face.
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Tariro Chinofura of the Gaberone United Methodist Church health committee checks the temperature of a church member before the first post-lockdown worship service May 31 in Gaberone, Botswana. The country lifted the ban on religious gatherings but issued health guidelines targeted at fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by David Mandiyanike, Gaberone United Methodist Church.

African churches begin to reopen

As countries ease lockdown restrictions, in-person services resume for some, while others proceed with caution.
Mission and Ministry
People walk over a wooden bridge built by United Methodist Men of Sange after the original bridge was washed away by mid-April flooding in Uvira, Congo. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

Church aids flood survivors in Congo

Donations from Switzerland Methodist Church, Wespath also help pastors and their families struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

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