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