Central Congo Partners

The Congo Partnership- www.Congo-Mission.org

The Partnership is a vision of the Central Congo Episcopal Area and three United States Conferences: Peninsula-Delaware Conference, Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, and Western North Carolina Conference to bring glory to God and care for our neighbors.

Our Partnership seeks to bring the renewal and restoration of spiritual and humanitarian ministries for the whole Church and especially its children. The Church of Christ has been given the commission to be a sign of hope in a world that is perishing, a sign that the dominion of division, destitution, despair and death is being overcome through the love of God that is poured out in our hearts and made manifest by our deeds. Through this partnership we have the opportunity to give dramatic testimony to the unity of the Body of Christ, the mutuality of love, and the promise of life that overcomes death.

The purpose of the Partnership is to develop a healthy relationship between brothers and sisters in Christ across cultures through God’s grace that is transformational and inspirational.

The goal of the Partnership is to have honest and open interaction with the partners, carefully listening to one another as equal parts of the body of Christ. It is a sacred covenant to support one another and participate equally and proportionally in a ministry or project. We agree to pray for one another and to value the spiritual gifts and faith each brings to the partnership, acknowledging these as equal to, or even more important than, financial and human resources. The goal of the mission is a self-sustaining United Methodist Church with holistic ministries empowering people in their context, community and country.

See all projects in Congo Brochure and Brochure Insert.

The Congo Partnership has many projects throughout the Central Congo Episcopal Areas, one of the fastest growing areas of Methodism in the world. Despite incredible daily challenges, the church continues to thrive sharing the Gospel and seeking to help transform lives by caring for basic human needs such as food, medical care, fresh water, and education. Check out our brochure and web site to see more detail about all the projects that focus on four major areas:

Feed, Nurture & Heal
Teach Train & Sustain
Lead, Connect & Engage
Build, Supply & Equip

You can make a difference!

Our Brochure Insert gives you all of the options!    

  • Pray individually and as a congregation for the Partnership
  • Download all the details of the projects, view photos, stories, & details
  • Donate online or through your local church or Conference Office
  • Choose specific projects and/or make undesignated gifts
  • Share our ‘Imagine’ Brochure with your friends and neighbors
  • Support several projects that are also Advance Specials (see below)
  • Like’ and ‘share’ Central Congo Partners in Mission news and photos: Facebook

Western North Carolina Conference History – The Western North Carolina Conference has historically had a long relationship with the central Congo area.  In 1913, Bishop Lambuth was elected as a missionary bishop and sent to Congo, then Belgian Congo, to share the Gospel and introduce the Methodist Church. In 1913, he came to Wembo Nyama, a small village in central Congo, and launched the Methodist Mission with the cooperation and invitation of the chief of Wembo Nyama. In August 2014, Congo celebrated 100 years of Methodism!\

Two missionaries, Lorena Kelly and Jack Miner, from Western North Carolina were instrumental in starting projects in the village of Diengenga now supported by the Congo Partnership.  Lorena Kelly started the Mama Tola/Lorena Kelly school decades ago. Mama Tola is Lorena Kelly’s name in Otetella, the native language of the people of the Central Congo Area (one of many dialects). This work is part of the vast expansion of Christianity that took place during the years marking the end of Belgian rule and throughout the years of wars in Zaire and now the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the past, customs dictated women being treated solely as property. This school continues to make significant changes in bringing women into a stronger place among the Congolese and the school. The goals include providing the complete infrastructure – buildings, staff, materials – to help needy young girls and boys complete their school programs, including improvement of the building structure, purchasing of sewing machines, providing scholarships and more.

Jack and Renie Miner Technical Institute was established as the Diengenga Trade School in 1994. This school offers secondary level education (languages, math, religion, science), as well as carpentry, masonry, mechanics, basic electronics/electricity.  It has recently added agriculture and veterinarian classes in collaboration with the Partnership Farm in Diengenga. The school is not supported by the state, therefore our funding pays the salaries for teachers and staff, and for supplies. Jack Miner, a Volunteer in Mission from Western North Carolina, envisioned the need for and benefits of this school.  Jack, who retired from Piedmont Airlines in 1987, began work in the Diengenga Mission Station in 1989, when Lorena Kelly asked him to help at the Lorena Kelly Girl’s School. He has made 14 trips to the Diengenga Mission Station and was instrumental in establishing the Trade School. Graduates, students and staff have been working throughout the area to assist in the missions and ministries of the church. For example, the Institute provided its expertise and skills in building the facilities needed at the Diengenga Clinic for the clinicians there, as well as the Ophthalmology clinics facilitated by the Partnership.

For many years the Western North Carolina sought to support these two schools in Diengenga and, in 2012, began a dialogue with Bishop Yemba of the Central Congo Episcopal Area about becoming an official Partner in the Congo Partnership. This Partnership would enable these two projects to grow as well as provide our Western North Carolina churches an opportunity to support the various projects of the Partnership. In 2014, a Covenant Agreement was established by all four Partners.


Donate online directly to The Advance at www.umcmission.org

Other projects can be supported through your Conference Office.

Fresh Water in Central Congo  Advance #3022271
Children’s Ministry Evangelism  Advance #3022147
Agriculture Project  Advance #3022148
Central Congo Resource Center Advance #3020674
Diengenga Trade School, Lodja  Advance #3021397
Orphanage Improvement & Expansion Advance #15100N
Wings of Caring   Advance #08595A

Support Jonathan & Donna Baker, Global Ministry Missionaries to the Central Congo Episcopal Area

Donna Baker  Advance #3022054
Jonathan Baker  Advance #3022050