On Tuesday, our partners in Mbuji Mayi, Democratic Republic of Congo, dedicated the Magi Girls Pilot School, the culmination of nearly five years of dreaming together with the Congolese Presbyterian Church. This school expands on the success and impact of Dipa dia Nzambi, a girls school in Kananga established through the shared vision of the Congolese Presbyterian Church and Myers Park Presbyterian Church.

Since sending our first mission team to the region in 1950, MPPC has remained active in establishing educational institutions, economic infrastructure, and accessible health care to the Congolese people.

The vision for Magi Girls Pilot School originated with the now-deceased Rev. Dr. Mulumba Musumba Mukundi who previously served as General Secretary for CPC. He believed that educating girls would provide leadership for the church, the community, and the nation. Working with PC(USA) Mission Co-Workers Gwenda Fletcher and Jeff Boyd, Myers Park Presbyterian has worked to help realize that vision.

Due to civil unrest in DRC in recent years, our Congo global mission team has not been able to travel to Congo. We believe, however, that God had a plan to make this school a reality. CPC leaders have encouraged and made it possible to develop deep relationships based on trust and mutual respect. We have worked together effectively to build a model girls’ school we can all be proud of.

Looking to the future, CPC leaders and Myers Park are committed to continuing the partnership and making Magi Girls Pilot School a unique learning experience for girls in a Christian environment. We anticipate that students, teachers, and staff will grow in their faith while providing an exceptional education for girls.

In Matthew’s gospel, the Magi follow God’s guiding star, coming from afar to bring gifts to the newborn king. After their encounter with Christ, they go home by another way, forever changed by that experience. Over the years, many disciples from Myers Park have followed God’s call to come to Congo. Like the Magi of old, we return by another way, changed by our relationship with you.

May the Magi Girls Pilot School be a place where God’s love incarnate touches the lives of all the community that they may return to their homes by another way, to bless the Kasai region, the Congo, Africa, and the world.

Photos courtesy of Jeff Boyd, PC(USA) Mission Co-Worker