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”.
Congolese literacy leaders stand in solidarity with USA during COVID-19
Seven Mennonite leaders from Democratic Republic of the Congo share love and concern for their brothers and sisters in the United States who are suffering from the world's highest numbers of COVID-19 illness and death.
Greetings to our brothers and sisters in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
In this time made difficult by the COVID-19 pandemic, our thoughts travel around the world to extend compassion to fellow Anabaptists in our global community. Please keep us updated about your situation. The news that we receive in the media each day informs us that the United States is the country most impacted by the new coronavirus. So, we send our love and our empathy in this message. We have faith that those who hope in God will never be beaten down.
There are no social, economic, or scientific explanations that can account for why Congo, in particular, and the African continent, in general, have largely been spared. We are aware the hand of the Eternal has intervened, so that we have the smallest percentage of COVID-19 deaths, contrary to scientific projections.
Romans 8:35-39 tells us:
Who will separate us from Christ's love? Will hardship, or anguish, or persecution, or hunger, or lack of clothing, or insecurity, or a violent death?... But in all these things, we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus, who loved us. I have the assurance that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor dominations, nor present events, nor future events, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nothing will be able to separate us from God's love shown in Jesus Christ, our Lord.
We want to show solidarity with you through this passage to show you how much the Eternal God loves us despite this difficult time. We encourage you to live by faith in God's love until God acts on your behalf.
We join ourselves to you in prayer and we ask the Eternal God to multiply protection for you and to bring an end to this pandemic.
Let's stay connected and united in Christ! Let us live in solidarity with each other.
With love and blessings from your brothers and sisters of Programme Mennonite d'Alphabétisation comme Moyen d'Évangélisation (Congolese Mennonite Literacy Program),
Investing in Mukedi
“My mission at Mukedi was to train a new generation of agriculturalists and to help them to produce both quantity and quality. I want to contribute to the emergence of an agro-industrial generation to help our Mennonite community.”
This is how Fils Fuisa described his goal in traveling about 200 kilometers west of his home in Tshikapa in south central Democratic Republic of Congo, to Mukedi in August 2020. Fils, an expert in sustainable agriculture and animal husbandry, holds a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and benefitted from an AIMM scholarship to study and work for 6 months at the Songhai Center in Porto-Novo, Benin.
Fils is now giving back to his community, the Mennonite Church of Congo, by training interested persons in the agricultural techniques he learned at Songhai. He spent 25 days in Mukedi in August and September, working intensively with 8 students. The students first prepared the seed beds, and then sowed a variety of crops under Fils’ watchful eye, including corn, peanuts, Chinese cabbage, amaranth, manioc, and eggplant.
There is renewed hope in Mukedi, a stronger sense of local resourcefulness and possibility, because of Fils’ visit. The visit was jointly sponsored by Hope for Congo and AIMM.
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
Women pastors take the lead to disseminate COVID-19 information in Congo
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.
Remembering Earl Roth
Earl William Roth, 93, of Goshen died October 30, 2020 at Green House Village of Goshen.
He was born June 26, 1927 to the late Philip and Amelia (Steckley) Roth in Albany, Oregon and grew up on a farm there.
After serving as a non-combatant in the U.S. Navy during WWII, Earl married Ruth Esther Jantzen on August 21, 1948. She preceded him in death on December 27, 2004. Also preceding Earl in death are a beloved son, Loren Dale Roth, and two brothers, Loren and Clayton Roth.
Earl was a graduate of Albany High School, Multnomah School of the Bible, and Lewis and Clark College. He received his M.A. in Ed. from the Oregon College of Education. He was ordained as a minister with the Mennonite Church USA.
Earl and Ruth left to be missionaries in Congo in 1954. Earl served there as an evangelist, director of a high school and industrial school, and Missionary Representative for Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission. He and Ruth served in Africa for 32 years and raised their children there. Returning stateside, Earl became General Secretary of AIMM for 7 years. Earl was a faithful presence at Silverwood Mennonite Church. He sat on the Elder Board and was a congregational chairperson. He also served on the resident advisory board at Hubbard Hill.
Earl is perhaps known best for his sweet spirit and his unceasing kindness to everyone.
Left to cherish Earl’s memory are a daughter, Yvonne (Virgil) Smith; a son, Marc (Judy) Roth; daughter-in-law, Nancy Roth; four grandsons that he was so proud of, Brendan (Laura) Roth, Corey Roth, Philip (McKalyn) Roth, and Alex (Hannah) Roth; three great grandchildren, Taylor, Riley, and Abe; a brother, Leonard (Donna) Roth; and a sister, Rosalie Roth.
A private graveside service will take place at Prairie Street Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission, PO Box 744, Goshen, IN 46527.
Arrangements are with Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Silverwood Mennonite Church at a later date.
To leave the family an online condolence, please visit the funeral home website. https://www.hartzlergutermuthinman.com/obituary/Earl-Roth
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