An evangelical Anabaptist “family gathering” of African, North American, and European members working together to become an answer to Jesus’ prayer: “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”.
Mennonite Church of Congo's Youth Bible Camp
Mennonite Church of Congo’s annual Youth Bible Camp was held August 18-23, 2020 at Nyanga.
More than 35 youth gave their lives to Christ during this event. A number of them had been pulled or forced into support for Kamuina Nsapu in the months in 2017 when a militia of this anti-government revolt had made its way to Nyanga. “This camp came to liberate us,” they stated.
The theme of this gathering was I Timothy 4:12-13: “Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I arrive, give attention to the public reading of scripture, to exhorting, to teaching.” Organized by youth leaders Robert Irundu and Andre Kalenga, the camp was blessed by the spiritual leadership of Pastor Tshibuabua Tshiza, who led participants in meditating on the theme, and also taught a seminar on Anabaptist history and identity, along with a history of Nyanga station.
Other teachings from which the youth benefitted during the week were: “Preventive practices that protect from COVID-19”, by Dr. Keta; “Consequences of Abortion” and “Young Mennonites Facing Sexually Transmitted Diseases”, by Dr. Kapee; “How to Choose a Good Marriage Partner”, by Rev. Pungi Phanuel; “The Importance of Gifts in the Church”, by Rev. Kibeze; “How to Raise Animals”, by brother Ikapa; “How to Become Financially Independent in order to Support the Local Church”, by brother Mulenda; “Youth Contributions to Church Activities”, by Rev. Mulenga; “Bible Study Methods”, “How to Become a Good Leader”, and “How to Become a Good Entrepreneur”, by Robert Irundu.
A great innovation for this camp was an invitation extended to other Christian churches to send youth leaders. Five persons attended from each of the following communities: the Revival Church; the Kimbanguist Church; the Baptist Church; the Catholic Church; the Malembe Church; and the Church of Blacks in Africa.
A soccer clinic and match were held on Saturday August 22.
Eight persons were baptized in the Nyanga river at the conclusion of camp by Rev. Tshibuabua.
-from a report by Robert Irundu
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This video includes some vignettes of the tremendous work CMCo women pastors have undertaken in the Tshikapa area to build awareness of the dangers of the coronavirus and steps that can be taken to prevent it. AIMM has been a sponsor of their efforts.
CEFMC (Mennonite Brethren) and CEM (Evangelical Mennonite) churches in DR Congo are conducting trainings to raise awareness and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Ensuring that all congregations have access to good public health information is crucial to the life of the church. AIMM is supporting these churches in this project.
Kalonda Bible Institute Graduation
On Saturday August 8, 2020 Kalonda Bible Institute held its graduation ceremony. Pictured on the photo are, left to right: Ndeke Mungaga from Kasai Luange province, Nyanga district; Bakamana Mbaya from South East Kasai province, Kananga II district;Tshimbila Ntumba from Central Kasai province, Monji district; Ibana Ibana from Kasai North province, Ndjoko Punda district; Tshiela Kalonji from Kasai Central province, Mayi Munene district; Luwandjia Ngumbu from Kasai North province, Madimape district; Katembo Ngamuenyi from Kasai Luange province, Yuka district.
Bible Institute Director Rev. Bercie Mundedi gave the exhortation.
Translated Video Transcript: My name is Shamba, son of Shamba. My wife has been sick for 2 ½ years. I had no more money to pay for an operation for her. When I learned that UMER had come to help, I came with her, and she underwent an operation. I want to say “Thank you!” My wife is deaf and mute. She neither hears nor speaks. We want to say “Thank you!” to UMER, because they operated on my wife without charging us anything. She has now recovered her strength, really recovered her strength, and I thank UMER. I do not have any financial means, may UMER continue to help me always.
Planting & Building
Bellarmé Ngalula and his wife Mimie Kanku are planting the new Trois Rivieres CEM (Evangelical Mennonite) congregation in Bandundu Ville, DRC. Meanwhile, they are also working on construction for their first congregation, The Lord’s Reserve. AIMM is supporting this work through the “African Missionary Support” project.
Leadership Coaching in Kalonda
The Congo Leadership Coaching Network team recently returned from a transformational seminar at the Kalonda Bible Institute.
Ndjoko Punda Emergency