Stories from Congo

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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 [...]

New Team Member Joins PCP

Paul Carlson Partnership is excited to announce the addition of a new team member, Bob Anderson. Bob has been part of the Covenant Church family his entire life [...]

Bringing It Full Circle

by Flory Buki Manager of Sourcing and Contracting at Swedish Covenant Hospital, PCP Board Member, and PCP Medical Ambassador From May 19 to May 26, I [...]

What Can A Bridge Help You Do?

Hope is alive in Congo! Take it from Mr. Kotake, an enterprising man who has built a private, water-driven mill on the route between Karawa [...]

Partners in Congo Not Affected by Recent Ebola Outbreak

(5/15/18) You may have heard of the Ebola outbreak in the northwest region, Equateur Province, of Congo this past week. New confirmed Ebola cases in DR Congo [...]

New PCP, CEUM Agreement Signed

On Friday, April 20, 2018, The Paul Carlson Partnership (PCP) and the Covenant Church of Congo (CEUM) joined in a joyous ceremony of signing a [...]

Karawa Nurses Expand Pre-Eclampsia/Eclampsia Training

Part 2 of  "Will This Training Make a Difference?" Dr. Gado, the CEUM Medical Director,  provided PCP with a report that 42 clinic nurses received the [...]

Loko Hospital Celebrates 50 Years of Ministry

On March 20, 1968, four years after his death, Loko Hospital was dedicated in memory of Dr. Paul Carlson. 50 years later, the CEUM (Covenant [...]

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 [...]

Will This Training Make A Difference?

Part 1 of 2. Dr. Jim Walker, PCP Medical Ambassador The word that most often comes to my mind about the medical situation in Congo [...]

Wonderful Celebration for Makanza Bridge Dedication

by Pete Ekstrand, ECC Missionary in DR Congo November 18, 2017, DR Congo   What a celebration the CEUM, community, and government had earlier this [...]

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 [...]

Bamboo Bones

This past May, a three-member Emergency Medicine (EM) Medical Ambassador team from the Paul Carlson Partnership served six days in the small village of Loko, [...]

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 [...]

Being the Body of Christ

Hello PCP family, It is with joy that I bring you the news of the May 2017 PCP Team trip to the Democratic Republic of [...]

Filling the Gaps

How can we help one dentist in Congo change dental health from thousands of miles away? Slowly, over time, and with a strong focus. Some […]

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 [...]

Learning Together at GMCH

Happy Holidays! We want to wish you a very joyous Christmas season and provide you with an update on the recent conference a group of [...]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear Paul Carlson Partnership Ministry Family, Happy Thanksgiving! I am filled with thankfulness and joy to be greeting you this week as the new Executive […]

PCP Welcomes Renée Hale as new Executive Director

We are excited to announce that Renée N. Hale has been named the new executive director of the Paul Carlson Partnership! Renée and her husband, Jeff, […]

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 […]

A Medical Ambassadors Update, at Long Last

by Craig Anderson, Director of Medical and Health Programs Hello Medical Ambassadors! I hope you have enjoyed the summer months. We at PCP have been […]

“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) […]

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). […]

Raising the Poles of Hope

A Zulu Dam Update 10.5 kilometers. 90 poles. 30 workers. 1 goal: power to Karawa. Over the last month and a half, a massive combined effort has led [...]

My First Trip to Congo

by Craig Anderson, Director of Medical and Health Programs At the end of March, I took my first trip to Congo with a group of […]

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 […]

Congo Son

By Liripa Floribert (Flory) Buki as told to Linda Sladkey | Photography by Edgar Torres This story first appeared in the Covenant Companion. It was […]

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 […]

Our Experience in Brussels after the Terrorist Bombings

by the CKC and PCP Team Many of you have asked about what the Covenant Kids Congo and Paul Carlson Partnership team experienced in Brussels […]

Empowering Local Engineers to Build Bridges

An Economic Development Update James Fischer, Director of Economic Development, recently returned from a three week trip to Congo. While there, he was able to [...]

We welcome Tom Verdoorn!

Greetings! Over the past two years of service on the Paul Carlson Partnership Board I have witnessed the organization’s revitalization led by Meritt Sawyer, its […]

An important message from Meritt

We are not powerless in the oppressive situations in which we feel caught. We are not bound to the reality we see. We are creators. We […]

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 […]

Welcome Craig and Jacques!

PCP is pleased to announce two new staff members to the team. Now that these positions are filled, we are fully staffed! Meet Craig Anderson, […]

Gbagu’s Boat

Some things seem impossible. Gbagu (pronounced Ba-goo) does not understand impossible. Gbagu owns a big boat, one that can transport up to 12 tons of […]

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 […]

Crisis of Confidence

Not Poverty. A Crisis of Confidence. I have been working in Africa for almost 30 years. I have been responsible for missional projects and ministry […]

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 […]

Congolese Christmas

How does the Christmas story end? We certainly know how it begins. Picture the image of Jesus in the manger and quickly the biblical story […]

Power Will Be Restored!

A Zulu Dam Update For years, PCP has been engaged in efforts to bring clean and sustainable electricity back to Karawa Hospital by restoring the Zulu […]

Give Them a Voice

Pope Francis’ recent visit to Africa continues to prompt dialogue. Despite continued instability and outbreaks of violence in Congo’s neighboring country, the Central African Republic, […]

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 […]

When Healthcare Hurts

When Healthcare Hurts was the topic and a seemingly oxymoronic phrase. How can healthcare ever be hurtful? Yet this was a key theme of the […]

Not Just Paris

by Meritt Lohr Sawyer, Executive Director The haunting news of the ISIS attacks on Paris echo at every turn this week –  in the news, […]

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 […]

Drought

I live in California, currently the land of navy showers and crispy landscapes. For four years we have endured the drought.  It has parched our […]

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 […]

Caring for the Land

From James Fischer – Director of Economic Development When I travel to DR Congo, I generally end up visiting farms—rice, peanut, corn, palm, coffee, tea, […]

True Wealth

Pastor Steve Bunyard, Local & Global Outreach Pastor at Rolling Hills Covenant Church, recently visited Congo with PCP. Rolling Hills is a generous supporter of the […]

Is This It?

Famine, war, disease, corruption! Is this all that Congo is? Looking in the news these days, you might think that there’s nothing more to Africa […]

100% Pass National Exam!

18 students graduated from ITM Nursing School in Karawa last year, and all 18 passed their national exams! 100% of their class are now nationally-certified nurses. […]

Building Bridges

What would happen if you couldn’t get to your hospital, work, or grocery store? If a vital road in your town was unusable because a […]

Bringing Local Entrepreneurship to Life!

The hunger for change is growing in Congo. This is why Paul Carlson Partnership invests in entrepreneurship in Congo – and it is alive and […]

“Dr Paul, you are the only one remaining”

Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 15, By Mike Hertenstein A reporter wrote: “The Congo is a mess.” Violent militias […]

“Thank you for not forgetting us”

From Ann Hagensen – Nursing Focus Group Co-Chair Easter prompts many of us to reflect upon the suffering, injustice and great sacrifice of Jesus’ ministry […]

Training Surgeons in Congo

The latest PCP Medical Ambassadors training team has returned from Congo! The stories of their experiences are overwhelming. Dr. Bob DeMaster, RN Ann Hagensen, Dr. […]

Kolona: To Plant

A message from James Fischer, Director of Economic Development Agriculture doesn’t just provide food; it is the primary source of income for most people in […]

Transformation If…

A message from Meritt Lohr Sawyer, Executive Director Do you believe God will provide a just world? Stop for a moment. Deep in your heart […]

Entrepreneurship In Congo

Entrepreneurship in Congo And Farewell to Texa Dembele A message from James Fischer, Director of Economic Development It’s been such a joy for me to […]

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 […]

Proxy Wars

Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 14, By Mike Hertenstein Five centuries of European-world-domination were coming to an end. Decolonization, […]

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 […]

We Give Thanks

“I do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers”- Ephesians 1:16 Friends, We give thanks for you. It […]

Medical Ambassadors

Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 12, By Mike Hertensteinn Dr. Jim Walker had never seen a mother die in […]

The Last Innocent Year

 Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 13, By Mike Hertenstein Paul Carlson stayed non-stop busy caring for patients under battlefield […]

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 […]

The Horror

  Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 11, By Mike Hertenstein Joseph Conrad’s 1899 novel Heart of Darkness follows the Congo River […]

Women Ministries

A personal story from Bonnie Stephens, Northbrook Covenant I was in the junior high when Paul Carlson was martyred.  I remember doing a report on […]

The Monganga Paul Mark

A personal story from Pastor Rick Carlson   As an eight-year-old boy in 1964, the world was already upside down. Only one year earlier, President […]

On the Grid

Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 10, By Mike Hertenstein In 1964, there were no phones in the Équateur Province. Contact […]

Let it Flow

Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 10, By Mike Hertenstein Pioneer ECC missionaries Dr. Wallace and Sarah Thornbloom’s second child, Robert, […]

En Memoire de Docteur Paul Carlson

Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 3, By Mike Hertenstein With independence in the Congo in 1960, the Belgian government abandoned […]

Connections

A personal story from friend, Joyce Fredrickson I have very special memories of Paul Carlson. When I was in nurse training at Swedish Covenant Hospital […]

Healing Heritage

Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 7, By Mike Hertenstein The first ECC Congo mission was led by Dr. Wallace […]

New Church, New Friendship

A personal story from friend, Mary Nygren We first met Paul & Lois Carlson about 1956-57, when we moved to Torrance, CA. We were driving […]

Out of Darkness

Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 6, By Mike Hertenstein   The mythic imagination of Europe made “Darkest Africa” a symbol […]

Hospitality

A personal story from Mark Eastburg and father, John Eastburg. During the Korean War my dad was in the Navy, stationed near Washington DC.  Because […]

teenage fun

A personal story from friend Paul Lindholm Here’s one memory about Paul Carlson from when he was a member of the Los Angeles Covenant Church. […]

Tribes

  Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 5,  By Mike Hertenstein  Togetherness has a way of bringing out our best and […]

Water Flows Again at Karawa Hospital!

By Paul Noren – ECC Missionary to Congo Imagine a hospital without water, paying women to carry water in seven gallon jugs on their heads. […]

My Friend Paul

A personal story from Marvin Wickstrom, missionary to Congo 1948 – Illinois It was in the school year of 1948 – 49 at North Park […]

A Passion for the Impossible

Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 4  By Mike Hertenstein Over the next two years, Paul and Lois Carlson and […]

Can I Make a Difference?

A personal story from Julie Malyon, PCP Nursing Focus Group, Co-Chair Can I make a significant and meaningful contribution as a Medical Ambassador? This question tugged […]

The Call of a Lifetime

The story accelerates over the 1950s into 1960, “The Year of Africa,” when 17 African nations gained independence. In Upper Congo, ECC missionaries saw it […]

Journey With a Legacy

A personal story from Dan Johnson, associate pastor at Hilmar Covenant Church  I worked part time at the Paul Carlson Medical Program (PCMP) while a […]

Not-So Forgotten

By Mike Hertenstein Deep in the African interior, American journalist Henry Morton Stanley “discovered” David Livingstone, the Scottish medical missionary. Stanley went on to scout […]

50 Years of Serving Congo

On November 24th, 1964, Dr. Paul Carlson was martyred by Simba rebels in DR-Congo. Today, after 50 years of serving Congo, Paul Carlson Partnership invites […]

Church History: Back to the Future

By Mike Hertenstein Fifty years ago this summer and fall there unfolded in Africa a story that held the world’s attention, amidst so many other […]

Malaria and Muddy Roads

By Naomi Smith, RN I was the only RN working at Tandala Hospital in 1961 when we were without a resident missionary. Dr. Gordon Johnson […]

Wanted: Your Stories

For centuries, artists around the world have woven fibers together to become something more than the sum of their parts. Though often relegated to museums, […]

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 […]

Father, Daughter Learn Paul Carlson Inspired Each Other Then Serve Together

By Stan Friedman RED WING, MN (July 23, 2014) — Julie Malyon, a nurse and director of a free medical clinic, was curious about the [...]