While the social actors and churches were mobilized to work hard for preventing the population against COVID-19 (which is reported in Kinshasa from March 10th, 2020); another new bad news has suddenly sounded like a clap of thunder: the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Mbandaka.Read more
The week of March 8, 2020, the Church of Christ in Congo (ECC) began its 50th Golden Jubilee celebration. The theme for the celebration was “Live and Grow in Love” (Ephesians 4:1-16). From the 8th to the 15th of March, ECC organized a series of activities at the Century Cathedral and the Protestant University of Congo to start a year of celebration.Read more
Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo
Since the first case of COVID-19 had been identified in Kinshasa, the message has spread in the whole country but people were not very aware of what the situation had to become. From radio and social media, they already heard about it but they thought it was a Chinese disease. And when it touched DRC, some people claimed on streets that authorities were creating a situation in which they wanted to earn money from the International community.Read more
Since returning to the U.S. from DR Congo, I’ve spent the last five months “itinerating”. This is a term used to describe when a mission co-worker returns home and embarks on a tour to inform and educate the church about partnerships in the country where they served.Read more
This week, October 13-19, is Breaking the Silence: Congo Week 2019. This week is an annual opportunity to raise awareness about the devastating legacy of conflict in the Congo and mobilize support on behalf of the people of the Congo. We are committed as members of the Body of Christ to break the silence, stop the pillaging, promote justice, defend women and children, protect the environment and support Congo. In this 2019 Congo Week we are especially aware of the ebola outbreak in Eastern Congo and how that intersects with the conflict. We are grateful for the ongoing work our partner, The Church of Christ in Congo, and the work they are doing to respond to the outbreak of ebola in Beni through trusted church structures.Read more
This newsletter shares stories about current students and students who have graduated from the medical program of Congo Protestant University. These students have received scholarships from the school and are making a difference. The newsletter also shares an update on a vehicle purchased for medical school interns visiting rural areas.Read more
Lectionary Selection: John 2:1-11
Prayers for Democratic Republic of Congo:
We thank you for answering so many prayers on December 30, 2018, Election Day in DR Congo. A day spared from widespread violence and upheaval. We thank you for protecting all of the volunteer election observers serving under the Churches of Christ in Congo (known by its French acronym, ECC), one of three Global Ministries’ partners in DR Congo. We are grateful that most ECC election observers were mostly young adult leaders in the church, a sign that you are raising up a generation ready to embrace peaceful change and transformation in DR Congo.
We pray for resolution of the ebola crisis in DR Congo’s eastern provinces, now the second most deadly outbreak of the disease on record. May the violence that continues to hamper the response cease so that health workers can reach villages cut off by armed militias.
We praise you for pastors in the Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo (CDCC) who labored for decades teaching and preaching the Gospel and also worked to bring improved healthcare, clean water, food security, and other development priorities to their faith communities.
Finally, we thank you for the example of Dr. Mugweli, a Congolese obstetrician and recent winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, for his transformative work with women traumatized by sexual violence. May his call for unity and democracy be heard in DR Congo and the world as well.
In Jesus name, AmenRead more
From the All Africa Conference of Churches
January 8, 2019Read more
This UPC newsletter shares the stories of three third-year medical students at the university. Esther, who is from Haut Lomani, and is focusing on psychiatry and pediatrics. Michael, who is from the Sankuru region, and wants to become a psychiatrist. As well as Windy, who is from the province of Equateur, and is focused on pediatrics.Read more