This Sunday in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, Anglicans around the world will be praying for Province de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo – the Anglican Church of Congo. Here, the Anglican Communion News Service introduces the Province and suggests items for prayer.
The Ugandan evangelist Apolo Kivebulaya established an Anglican presence in Zaire in 1896. The Church reached the Shaba region in 1955, but evangelisation did not progress on a large scale until the 1970s. Following independence, the Church expanded and formed dioceses as part of the Province of Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and Boa-Zaire. The Province de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo was inaugurated in 1992.
The province has 12 dioceses and is led by Archbishop Masimango Katanda.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is suffering from a major Ebola outbreak. According to the World Health Organisation, as of 23 February 2020, the number of total cases of Ebola in the country was 3,444. There have been 2,264 deaths, and 1,167 survivors.
Anglican churches have been playing a vital role alongside healthcare agencies in the fight against the disease. In July 2019, Archbishop Masimango said that the main role of the Church was to raise awareness about the reality of the virus and to tackle misinformation. He said: “we will encourage all church members to be informed and follow the advice so that they can take care of themselves.”
In November 2019, Archbishop Masimango was visited by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The two leaders backed new training for churches that was designed to help them tackle the Ebola epidemic. The training provided an illustrated, practical and Bible-based tool to resource church leaders.
Please pray for all those impacted by Ebola, and for the Church as they seek to serve their community as best as they can.
Last week, the Anglican Communion News Service reported on an archdeacon who was murdered in the North Kivu region. He was just one of 36 Christians murdered by insurgents in the area that day. The persecution of Christians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is growing. Please pray for protection and wisdom as Christians seek to stand firm in their beliefs, and share the love of Christ with their communities.