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Global Ministry Team: Democratic Republic of Congo

Mission: Support and advocate for the education of girls and young women in the Congo through ever-deepening relationships with MPPC’s Congolese partners.

Our Partners:
Congo Mission Network – A collaboration of PC(USA) churches and members across the US committed to improving healthcare and education in Congo.

Presbyterian Church of Congo (CPC) – A church of 2.5 million members actively involved in evangelism, education, healthcare, women’s ministries and community development.

UPRECO – A leading university in the central region of Congo with the mission to educate leaders for the Congolese church and nation as Pastors, Educators, and Lawyers in a Christian environment.

Why Congo

A vast country with immense economic resources, the DRC has a long history of exploitation, corruption, and conflict. Between 1998 and 2003, the country was at the center of “Africa’s world war”, a five-year conflict that claimed up to six million lives. Despite a peace deal, 2 million Congolese remain internally displaced, child soldiering continues and those living in the eastern region remain under threat from militias and the army.

  • Ranked 186 out of 187 countries based on overlapping deprivations in health, education and living conditions
  • Known as Lost Generation, 7.3 million Congolese children (1/3 of the population aged 5-17) did not attend school past decade due to work, fighting or displacement. 3.4 million of these were girls.
  • Highest proportion (70%) of undernourished people in world
  • Only 11% of rural areas have access to water

Presbyterian History of Engagement

Since 1891, Congolese & Presbyterians from the United States have established many churches, schools, health centers and community projects in the Congo.
1889 – American Presbyterian Congo Mission (APCM) established by the Revs. William Sheppard and Samuel Lapsley                                                                                                                                                                                1891 – Presbyterian Church of Congo (CPC) founded by the American Presbyterian Congo Mission (APCP)
1950 – MPPC sends first Congo mission team
1954 – Christian Medical Institute of the Kasai (IMCK) founded by American Presbyterian Mission

Current Approach

In partnership with CPC, MPPC has supported education in Congo for over twenty years through construction projects, scholarships, operating costs, and relationships with our Congolese brothers and sisters. We have built, and maintain relationship with, two model girls’ schools – one in Kananga (2012); the other in Mbuji-Mayi (2018). MPPC has also built a women’s dormitory at UPRECO (2020) as well as provided funding for a kitchen, well, and additional projects to enhance the women’s experience while at university.

Please reach out to Chrissy Carlton, Global Partnership Coordinator, at CCarlton@myersparkpres.org for more information on how to get involved.

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October 10, 2016