Central Africa – Global Reach Report 2020
MAI’s main partner organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo, The River Ministry, continued in its second year of reorganization following a new government registration process in 2019. Strict physical distancing restrictions and lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic forced the DRC CHE network to develop creative methods to engage community members. Local CHE workers used megaphones to share encouragement and COVID-19 prevention and care information. Local CHE leaders also responded by helping with some of the financial and food insecurity needs among their neighbors. Despite these challenges, sixteen new CHE programs were started in 2020 in addition to the 19 new programs started in 2019.
There are now close to 950 CHE communities in the DRC. The radio program broadcast from Kinshasa continues to reach an audience of five million people with discussions about the wholistic gospel and loving your neighbors and community. Engagement with church leadership and seminaries continued with virtual CHE conferences and training. When there were opportunities to coordinate in-person trainings with COVID-19 precautions, five training of trainers seminars were organized in different areas of the country.