Mar 9, 2022 | Gilbert's Journal



The past 4 days in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been very rewarding. I arrived Kinshasa on Saturday March 5th, in the company of Mr. Chris Ogbonnaya, the Director of the West African School of Missions (NEOSOM), based in Lagos. This was his first trip to this part of Central Africa after a failed attempt in 2019.

We were treated to a diplomatic welcome at the N’Djili International Airport by Moses Kalala, the Regional leader for Central Africa and lead evangelist of the Church here. Gilbert Kaponga, the churches’ administrator was also there to facilitate immigration formalities. We had spent many hours of stopover in Abidjan during which we visited the Church premises (in Angre) to fellowship with brothers and sisters and even attended a service of songs for a deceased brother before taking a connecting flight to DRC.
One of the highlights of the trip was the fact that this was our first physical meeting with Yannick Le Noan, an elder from the Paris Church and the Executive Director of the Beam Missions Foundation. On the eve of this trip, it dawned on me that my relationship with Yannick had been built solely through virtual meetings while partnering on several teaching projects with the Paris Church and the European Missions School.

Our visit to Kinshasa constitutes yet another exciting partnership opportunity – lay the groundwork for the Central African School of Missions and then in French West African School of Missions (Abidjan). It has also offered us the opportunity to work as a team made up of an evangelist, an elder and a teacher.
As we wrap up our 4-day working visit, it is obvious that God has used our visit to create some great connections, prepare the leadership on ground, the administrative staff and many aspiring students for kick off, as well as strengthen the entire Kinshasa Church and the churches across 6 countries in Central Africa by extension.

Sunday’s service felt like a heavenly feast as the choir led a huge crowd in amazing praise and jubilation. It’s amazing how the Church in Kinshasa has harnessed this musical gift of the Congolese culture to serve God and His Mission. The lessons taught on the power of vulnerability and the nature of our treasures in Christ (in jars of clay) profoundly strengthened the faith of the Church. Many of those who are often missing in action were present and with many visitors.

I also had the opportunity to teach one of the core courses for the Ministry Training Academy (MTA). On Day 1, about 60 eager students were in attendance as I introduced the concept of Christ and Culture – the need to understand the power of culture as we go about spreading the Gospel. On Day 2, over 80 students were in attendance as those who attended Day 1 went to spread the news.

For my 3rd visit to this capital city, I found that there’s been a lot of progress in the city’s infrastructure and the economy in general. The Church is also maturing spiritually, numerically and otherwise.
Looking forward to what God will achieve through the Central African School of Missions as we accompany them with our prayers.


Abidjan is our next stop. Thanks for your prayers!


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