Democratic Republic of Congo
The Congo Pastors Pension Endowment Fund originated as a Division of Overseas Ministries permanent fund in 2007 as a result of a Global Ministries meeting in Indianapolis during which Reverend Eliki Bonanga, President of the Community of the Disciples in Congo (CDCC), spoke about the needs of retired CDCC pastors, their widows, and their children. The CDCC has been affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States since 1899 and also is a longstanding partner of Global Ministries. Today the CDCC has 324 congregations with 750,000 members. Unfortunately, Reverend Bonanga communicated in 2007, pastors have little pension or means of sustaining themselves and their families after they retire.
Those attending the meeting decided to step forward together with Global Ministries and other donors, and The Congo Pastors Pension Endowment Fund was established through the Division of Overseas Ministries/Global Ministries. Each year distributions from the Congo Pastors Pension Endowment Fund provide pensions for retired pastors of the Community of the Disciples of Christ of the Congo and their families.
Since the fund does not generate distributions in the amount needed now by the CDCC to support retired pastors and their families, direct gifts for the needs of these pastors also are received, which are disbursed in their entirety to the CDCC.
Additional contributions may be made to the principal of the Congo Pastors Pension Endowment Fund by check written to the Division of Overseas Ministries and sent to:
P.O. Box 1986
Indianapolis IN 46206