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The Democratic Republic of the Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo, a country roughly one quarter the size of the United States, has been ravaged by conflict. The havoc wreaked by the rebellion that ousted the dictator Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997 and the following war to topple President Joseph Kabila have been aggravated by internal and regional inter-ethnic sentiments. After two civil wars the country is left with a devastated infrastructure and economy. People throughout the country struggle daily for survival. Despite these circumstances, the church in the DRC continues to faithfully bear witness to Christ’s good news through their multifold ministries.  Please pray for peace in Congo, as well as for the continuing safety of our mission co-workers, the churches in Congo and for the Congolese people.  Read more here.

Broad Street’s Connection to Congo: 
Collectively, four Broad Street members, Walter and Nancy Hull and Mike and Nancy Haninger, served in Democratic Republic of Congo for over 30 years.  Both couples served at Christian Medical Institute of the Kasai (IMCK) and encouraged Broad Street to continue its connection to the mission co-workers currently there, John and Gwenda Fletcher.
  
John, serves not only as a surgeon at IMCK, but also supports the Medical Director of the Presbyterian Community of Congo (CPC) medical program, teaching medical and nursing students at IMCK and other hospitals. Gwenda is heavily engaged with the CPC’s Educational Program as an educational consultant. Most recently, Gwenda has worked with an afterschool educational program for young women, helping to coordinate and teach English and computer skills to high school women, which, in turn, enhances their education and opportunities for employment. 
  
In June 2012, Broad Street hosted John and Gwenda Fletcher  to hear more about their work in the Congo and how Broad Street can continue to support their work. 


Our Mission Co-Workers:
In January 2009 John and Gwenda Fletcher were appointed to serve with the Presbyterian Community of Congo (CPC) in the Kasai region of Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

The CPC came out of the efforts of the “American Presbyterian Congo Mission,” which existed from 1891 to 1970 and has been a fully autonomous church since 1961. The CPC serves a large part of the population in West and East Kasai through its ministries of evangelism, health, education and development.

Visit the Mission Connection for the Fletchers here.  You can watch a video about the Fletchers and their work here.


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