|Bishop Johnson with Rev. Kumbe, |
a D.S. in East Congo for six years
I saw this happening every day in the Congo during my 10-day tour. Many are sacrificially preaching the gospel there with little or no salary. One of the District Superintendents who just completed six years on the cabinet received $10 per month as her total compensation. She has had no modern vehicle for transportation. But even with the hardship of walking or riding a bike to visit her churches she also established five new congregations on her district during her tenure.
Our team had dinner with a Congolese pilot, Gaston Ntabamo, from the “Wings of the Morning” aviation ministry one evening. He is one of our United Methodist missionaries who serves in the Congo.
|Gaston Ntabamo, pilot|
He makes numerous flights from the remote villages to the only full-service hospital in the area at no charge to the patients thanks to our United Methodist Mission giving. He has saved hundreds of lives during his years of ministry. In addition he serves as the pilot for many of the United Methodist bishops as they travel to areas where there are no passable roads. During the war in the Congo 10 years ago this pilot risked his life to evacuate stranded missionaries.