Update from Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of the Congo

One full week in Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of the Congo, serving with the Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo (Communaute Des Disciples Du Christ Au Congo -CDCC) has just completed!

It’s been a real joy meeting former missionaries, or in most instances their grown children, over this past year, and hearing their experiences with life in the Congo.   What a blessing to be part of a lasting legacy reaching back over 100 years. 

The CDCC leadership and people are phenomenal.  It’s amazing to witness a distinguished community of faith respond in a holistic way – spiritual, social, political and mental- to an entire province. 

To name just a few of the ongoing ministries and events:

  • Planning is under way for the start of the new school year.  The CDCC operates 640 schools with a total of 102,259 students, and 4,209 teachers and administrators. 
  • The General Assembly taking place in Mbandaka is in the late planning stages. Fresh paint is being applied to the CDCC headquarters, as preparations are in full swing.
  • Medical supplies will be distributed to all 6 hospital and some of the 158 clinics operated by CDCC. 
  • Rev. Bonanga signed an agreement with Disciples4Water during the General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio to expand water resource projects in the Equateur Province.

Yes, this is an exciting time to be here in DR Congo.  I look forward to sharing with you the lives of the people, stories of the places, and the great progress taking place through the efforts of CDCC and its congregants.


Paul Turner serves with the Disciples of Christ in the Congo as a project consultant.

Showing 5 reactions

  • Nancy Bacon
    commented 2016-05-27 18:56:09 -0400
    Hi Paul! How is it going? I am planning to mention you during our Southern California Annual Gathering event next week. Can you give me any updates? Blessings, Pastor Nancy Bacon
  • Mike McDonald
    commented 2015-10-05 00:16:30 -0400
    Paul- This was Communion Sunday and we are watching the Hospital and School to see what God will do. We have a water project that we want to show the Congo staff for it provides chlorinated water and with the Congo polluted chlorinated water using salt seems reasonable. May your efforts be Blessed!
  • Richard Reynolds
    commented 2015-09-30 08:22:22 -0400
    Paul, I’m so glad to hear of your progress. We know that your presence and service will make a difference. Thank you for answering the call of God on your life. We just hosted another missionary following in your footsteps this past Sunday as we hosted you last year. New Revelation will keep you in our prayers. May the Lord use you mightily!!!
  • tom liddle
    commented 2015-08-10 22:12:29 -0400
    Glad to hear you’re up and running Paul! Blessings on your work and developing friendships with the people there.
  • Rebecca Littlejohn
    commented 2015-08-09 02:10:20 -0400
    Paul, I shared your update with our kids here at VLMCC during our “Journey to Congo” VBS this week!