Thank you for being a committed partner to the Congo Clinic Initiative!

We are so thankful for your financial support, prayers, and interest in Congo. Our ultimate hope is for each person to develop a knowledgeable heart for Congo. That’s why we provide resources for you to learn, grow, and be transformed through this partnership. Please feel free to use these resources in your family, your church, your organization, and with your circle of friends.

Merci mingi! Thank you!

Fall 2018 Congo Clinic Initiative Reports

Meet Trésor Moolo
Trésor is originally from Gemena, DR Congo, and now lives in the U.S., studying civil engineering. But he’s already an experienced water engineering expert! Last year we hired Trésor to support technicians in Congo to create clean water sources near clinics and hospitals. Trésor just returned from his second trip to Congo where he saw the progress first-hand. Five water sources have been completed in the area: Bogose Nubea/Bodea, Bogose Konu, Boyamalanga, Boyasabago, and Gilinga. Trésor is doing an amazing job encouraging and motivating his colleagues in Congo! We are thankful for his leadership.

Bogose Nubea Health Zone Report
986 Live Births
2 Maternal Deaths
3 Neonatal Deaths

  • We visited all clinics in the area, however we experienced many difficulties because of poor roads and broken bridges.
  • Due to recent Ebola outbreaks in Congo, we visited villages, schools, churches, and markets and taught how to identify the Ebola virus and apply practical measures to avoid contamination and spread of the disease.
  • 5 clean water sources have been built near clinics.

Dr. Gigal Ngombo Matondo
Director of the Bogose Nubea Health Zone

Meet Dr. Valerie Bangabutu Bendele
Dr. Valerie is the Karawa Health Zone director. In 2016, she left for Belgium to complete a Masters in Public Health degree. After completion, she returned to Congo and resumed her role.

 

 

 

Karawa Health Zone Report
In March, we traveled 18km to the Bomago clinic. When we arrived, a woman who was about to give birth to twins was bleeding profusely. We quickly brought her back to Karawa Hospital where we were able to give her a blood transfusion and save her newborn twins.

Prayer requests:

  • Pray for personal health and protection because since the beginning of this year we have lost 3 nurses.
  • Pray for all healthcare providers, because the working conditions are precarious.

Dr. Valerie Bangabutu Bendele
Director of the Karawa Health Zone

Meet Mark Thornbloom
Mark is the grandson of Wally and Sarah Thornbloom and son of Bob and Jan Thornbloom (all former Congo missionaries). He grew up in Karawa, DR Congo. Currently, Mark is a mechanical engineer with experience in solar, hydro, wind, and sustainable development. We hired Mark last year to support water technicans in Congo who are developing clean water sources near clinics and hospitals. In the Loko Health Zone, two sources are complete and three more are planned for the fall. We are thankful for Mark’s contribution to PCP!

 

Loko Health Zone Report

  • The proportion of the population with access to safe drinking water increased from 9% to 11% due to new water sources at Dambalia and Gbuda villages.
  • Sexual violence cases reduced from 19 cases in 1 1/2 months to 5 cases in 1 1/2 months due to a communication plan involving local authorities and the community.

Dr. Doudou Kanyona Kitenge
Director of the Loko Health Zone

Kokpobe (ko-po-bay) was a young man from the village of Koto about five and half miles north of Wasolo. Kokpobe was looking for a way to pay his school fees and chose to pick some coconuts off a local tree. Unfortunately, he fell and a small branch pierced his diaphragm and punctured his spleen.

When the hospital received Kokpobe, the prognosis was grim. However, as the doctors tell the story, by the grace of God they were able to remove the branch and save the boy’s life.

 

 

 

 

Wasolo Health Zone Report
Maternal mortality: 0 deaths since Oct. 2017
Neonatal mortality: 5% reduced to 2% – 3% between Oct. 2017- June 2018
We continue with nutritional field work using moringa, soy, and peanuts to reduce the high rate of children with malnutrition in our health zone.

Dr. Eddy Yangakele
Director of the Wasolo Health Zone

About two years ago, pregnant women and others in the community expressed the desire for a maternity ward next to the Bethsaida clinic. They wished they could give birth near home instead of traveling a dangerously long distance to Bumba Hospital. Today, their wishes have come true. A maternity ward has been built with local materials and the community is overjoyed.

 

 

Activity Report for Clinics Outside Health Zones
Thanks to the refrigerator gift in January 2018, blood transfusion is achievable, thereby avoiding anemia-related deaths in children.
We also made health providers aware of preventive measures to fight the Ebola virus.
Thanks to solar light we found that clinics are now able to perform c-sections and emergency interventions at night.
Clinics have seen the quality and access to care improved through the regular supply of donated medicines.

Dr. Ali Ramazani Jonathan
Director of the Bumba Health Zone

DOWNLOADS & VIDEOS

2018 CCI Update

Gilinga Clinic Dedication Ceremony

Message from President Mboka

CCI Quarterly Newsletter

The CCI Quarterly Newsletter is our main way to send you stories about our partners, updates about CCI projects, and ways to develop a knowledgeable heart for Congo in your family, church, or organization. Feel free to download the resources below.

CCI Church Bulletin Inserts

The CCI Update Church Bulletin Inserts are shorter versions of the CCI Quarterly Newsletter. They are a half sheet of paper (5.5 x 5.8) double-sided. Feel free to download and print for your congregation!

CCI PowerPoint

Show your church how your support is making a difference in Congo. Includes music!

Click here to download.

The Congo Clinic Experience Kit

Build a Congo clinic at your church so your congregation can experience what it is like for a Congolese family to receive medical care in Congo.

Click here for the resources and video.

Kids Corner

Learning activities for kids are included in each of the CCI Quarterly Newsletters. Here are a few!

African Clapping Game

First Aid Kit Activity

Congo Christmas Ornaments

Water Relay Race

CONGO CLINIC INITIATIVE STORIES

Mission Accomplished!

In seven days, from July 26 to August 1, Team BBC/Brothers Biking for Congo rode 362 miles through Michigan, raising over $10,000 for rural health [...]

Dedicating It All to God

In Congo, the Church has created a culture of gratitude for everything. You pause to pray together over your travels. You give thanks and pray [...]

Power of the Blood

On Tuesday, September 26, approximately 5:00pm, the wife of a CEUM (Covenant Church of Congo) pastor went into shock and was hemorrhaging after a miscarriage [...]

Change Is Visible

Excitement is palpable in the village of Bogose Nubea. Through our partnership with the Covenant Church of Congo (CEUM), and with generous gifts and a [...]

Women Lead the Way to Clean Water

Water is large part of many people’s lives in Congo. Every day, people wake up early to go to the nearest water source, often many [...]

The Way to Clean Water

In almost every meeting we have with community leaders, doctors, and nurses in Congo, water issues take preeminence. Sadly, access to clean water remains a […]

Refrigerators are Running

Refrigeration is an important element of rural healthcare in Congo for three main reasons. First, common vaccinations require refrigeration, and when strategically placed, it is […]

The Whole Gospel in Congo

“My dream is for the holistic salvation of souls.” This is the vision President Jules Mboka has for the CEUM (the Covenant Church of Congo). […]

Visiting Anne Marie

by Dr. Jim Walker, PCP Medical Ambassador Last year, we learned about Anne Marie Magolo Zuku, a nurse at the IPOK Clinic near Gemena. She […]

Local Doctors Start New Center to Fight Malnutrition

DR Congo is bursting with life. Its rich forests are filled with fruits and roots that people have eaten for centuries. The country has historically […]

How to Install a Solar Panel

What does it take to install a solar panel? James Fischer, PCP’s Director of Economic Development, recently returned from Congo with this amazing step-by-step report […]

Richard and Delphine

Richard and Delphine want to say thank you. Last month, for the first time, Bobanganza clinic received solar light. Every room in the clinic is […]

Christmas Ornament Party

Develop a Knowledgeable Heart for Congo This Christmas There are many ways to develop a knowledgeable heart for Congo! Life Community Church in Roseville, CA […]

Light ’em up!

We are excited to report that 63 solar lighting systems have arrived at their final destination and are currently being installed at hospitals and clinics. […]

Stark Contrast

The string of lights sparkled across the Congolese field. “Mondele!” noted my host pointing to members of my team behind each of the flashlights forming […]

Bread & Jam

Dear Paul Carlson Partnership, We send greetings to you from Salem Covenant Church in Oakland, Nebraska, along with a question. What do Nebraska apples and […]

Not Pretty.

“Why is PCP building 108 clinics?” I am often asked. “Why not a nice round number like 100, or 110 clinics?” First, lets dispel the […]

Solar Panels Arrive

After crossing the Atlantic Ocean and going through customs, the solar panels have arrived safely in Kinshasa, the capital of DR Congo! Thank you for […]

Hurdles to Healthcare

When you are looking for a new physician, how do you find one? Most of us ask our friends and family to find a doctor […]

Rural Nebraska Embraces Rural Congo

Mbote Baninga! (Hello Friends!) This is the story of how three rural Nebraska Covenant churches – Oakland, Wakefield, and Waverly – have stepped out in […]

The Value of Light

With many urgent medical needs in Congo, why does solar lighting matter? While we must address the urgent needs, PCP is also engaged in a […]

60 Clinic Partners!

The response to the Congo Clinic Initiative has been overwhelming! Over 60 churches, groups, and families have committed themselves to partner with a clinic for […]

40 Clinics!

40 Clinics Sponsored! Two months after the official launch of the Congo Clinic Initiative, we are celebrating 40 partners! Our goal is 108 partners, for […]

The Congo Clinic Initiative

I met her at the hospital, cooking over a large pot at the outdoor kitchen. Her three-year old son had been admitted for diarrhea. Their […]

Congo Clinics: The Frontline

While we celebrate the successes of PCP and our partners in Congo, we also take a moment to reflect on the all too frequent tragic […]

RAISE SUPPORT FOR THE CLINICS

Fundraising for the Congo Clinic Initiative can be really fun!
Check out the creative ways many clinic sponsors have raised support for the clinics in Congo.

Mission Accomplished!

In seven days, from July 26 to August 1, Team BBC/Brothers Biking for Congo rode 362 miles through Michigan, raising over $10,000 for rural health [...]

“Brothers Biking for Congo” Team Raises Over $10,000

Dennis Carlson, associate pastor of Faith Covenant Church in Farmington, MI, and his brother, Rod Carlson, participated in the 420-mile RAGBRAI XLIV, The (Des Moines) […]

Couples for Congo Dinner & Dance

Highrock Acton Covenant Church in Acton, MA recently held a dinner and dance as a fundraiser for their support of the Kanana Clinic, through the […]

Christmas Ornament Party

Develop a Knowledgeable Heart for Congo This Christmas There are many ways to develop a knowledgeable heart for Congo! Life Community Church in Roseville, CA […]

Bread & Jam

Dear Paul Carlson Partnership, We send greetings to you from Salem Covenant Church in Oakland, Nebraska, along with a question. What do Nebraska apples and […]

Rural Nebraska Embraces Rural Congo

Mbote Baninga! (Hello Friends!) This is the story of how three rural Nebraska Covenant churches – Oakland, Wakefield, and Waverly – have stepped out in […]

PCP AT YOUR CHURCH

The Paul Carlson Partnership staff would love to visit your church! Here is a sample of what we are available to do:

  • Preach on Sunday morning

  • Teach in Sunday morning school classes (adult, youth, or children)

  • Give a CCI presentation

  • Special music concerts by our Executive Director, Renée Hale

  • Meet with leadership teams, mission committees, medical professionals, or other small groups

Members of our Board of Directors are also available to visit your home, church, or group! Please contact us and let us know if you are interested in a visit and we will coordinate with you.

Contact: Becky Dangel, Marketing Manager
Email: pcpinfo@paulcarlson.org
Phone: (773) 907-3302

UPCOMING EVENTS

Paul Carlson Sunday

Date: November 4, 2018

<h1>Paul Carlson Sunday</h1>

On November 24th, 1964, Dr. Paul Carlson was martyred by Simba rebels in DR Congo.

Today, we invite you host a PCP Sunday on November 4 (or any Sunday!) to remember this missionary hero. Download materials, such as kids and family activities, liturgy, Congolese worship songs, and other items for your church service.

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