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The United Methodist Church is flourishing in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The denomination’s newest episcopal area was established in 2012, with offices in Kindu.

But much of the area is impassable because no roads exist in the region ransacked by years of civil wars. Violent outbreaks are still occurring in some parts of the country.

This series of stories and photos shines a spotlight on the many ministries and people of The United Methodist Church in a place rarely visited by members of the global church.

Mai-Mai rebels looted two United Methodist health centers in the Kibombo and Kasongo districts in Samba, Democratic Republic of Congo, in January. Nurses at the centers said the rebels took 26 mattresses, eight batteries, four converters and four microscopes. Photo by Judith Osongo Yanga, UMNS.

United Methodist health centers looted by Mai-Mai rebels

A nurse at a United Methodist health center was kidnapped and then released by Mai-Mai rebels who looted two church health centers. Read More

The Chosao-B choir, made up from members of nearby local United Methodist churches, sings during a choral concert at the Tokolote Moto-Moto United Methodist Church in Kindu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

East Congo Conference teaching, preaching, growing

East Congo Conference — newest episcopal area in The United Methodist Church — still has a long history. Read More

A fisherman checks his wooden net in the Wagenia fishing community on the Congo River near Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Give us this day our daily fish

Wagenia fishermen preserve centuries-old methods. Read More

Schoolchildren enjoy their lunch at Mangobo United Methodist Church in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

East Congo district building churches, schools

Most United Methodist churches in Kisangani are ‘leaves and sticks’ and most schools are in structures never intended for educating children. Read More

Gael Nonge (left, on bed) shares a hospital bed with Margelitte Enanga at The United Methodist Church's Irambo Health Center in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. The two patients are not related. There were not enough beds for each to have her own.

Medical clinics, hospitals serve many with few resources

United Methodists support health care in East Congo, but one doctor says more money and doctors are needed. Read More

A worker salvages bricks with a machete on the grounds of The United Methodist Church's Tunda Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Reflections of life as a child of missionaries in the Belgian Congo

The Rev. Bill Lovell remembers Tunda in the 1940s and of his love of the Otetela people. Read More

The United Methodist Church at the Tunda Mission Station stands at the end of a tree-lined street in Tunda, Democratic Republic of Congo.

United Methodism flourishes in Tunda

The first missionaries to East Congo arrived in 1922. Today the Tunda District has 72 pastors and 68 churches. Read More

East Congo tribes of pygmies face discrimination

United Methodists bringing Gospel to suffering neighbors in East Congo. Read More

Orphanage shelters children in war-torn East Congo

United Methodist shelter feeds up to 30 children a day and provides homes for 11. Read More

Josephine Efulantu (left) from Office United Methodist Church in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, works with women who have been abandoned, raped or widowed during their country's civil war.

Congo churches help rape survivors

The United Nations has called the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo the rape capital of the world. Read More