Eastern Congo Episcopal Area

Local Church
Members of the Kivu Annual Conference, meeting in Goma, Congo, pray for 19 civilians killed in a massacre in Mamove. Among those killed were six United Methodists who were traveling to a church meeting. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

United Methodists among 19 dead in Congo massacre

Six United Methodists were among 19 civilians killed in a massacre blamed on the rebel group Allied Democratic Forces.
Global Health
A new water tank holds water reserves at United Methodist Irambo Hospital in Bukavu, Congo. The tank was installed to collect rainwater to use at the health center. “(The tanks) sometimes allow us to conserve water, especially during this dry season when water has become a scarce commodity in the city of Bukavu,” said Dr. Djimmy Kasongo, medical director at the hospital. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Irambo Hospital.

Water project lightens load for new mothers

With a grant from UMCOR, church installs rainwater collection systems at three health facilities in East Congo Episcopal Area.
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.
Evangelism
Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda (center) helps rededicate the Yanda village United Methodist church, south of Kindu, Congo. Some 12 churches in the area have been renovated with more weatherproof materials with help from Martin (Tenn.) First United Methodist Church in the U.S. Photo by Chadrack Tambwe Londe, UM News.

Rebuilding straw churches in eastern Congo

So far, more than 12 churches have been renovated or rebuilt with stronger materials, so worshippers no longer have to worry about weather.

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