Update from Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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.