AIM Location: DR Congo
DR Congo is the largest country in sub-Saharan Africa by area. With a population of over 75 million, it is the most populated officially Francophone country, the fourth most populated nation in Africa and the nineteenth most populated country in the world.
A small group of AIM missionaries first arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), then known as Belgian Congo, on April 20, 1912. Within a couple of years, a work was established in the town of Dungu in northern DRC, among the Zande people. They, along with many other tribes between Dungu and Mahagi Port, began hearing the Gospel for the first time. Because churches were planted and began to grow, pastors and leaders needed to be trained and so the work of Bible schools became a priority. This then led to a focus on primary and secondary schools. Medical work also developed and hospitals, health centres and medical training schools were built and staffed.
The church has developed into a major denomination in DRC under the name of the Communauté Evangélique au Centre de l’Afrique (Evangelical Community of Central Africa). The church is responsible for Bible schools and also runs hundreds of primary schools, secondary schools, medical schools, and a fledgling university.
“My heart hurts to see how people are suffering without Jesus.” Tom Desloges, AIM’s Unit Leader in DR Congo shares his conversation with Congolese missionaries Justin and Clement, who had just returned from a stint in one of Congo’s poorest and least developed regions.