Mennonite missionary presence and work in the area dates to the 1920s when, after serving two terms with the Congo Inland Mission, Aaron and Ernestina Janzen, a Mennonite Brethren missionary couple, began an independent work in the Kafumba area some 35 mi. (56 km.) south of Kikwit along the Kwilu River. It was after World War II that the Mennonite Brethren Board of Missions officially picked up sponsorship of the Janzens' work.
Both the Mennonite Brethren Church (Communauté des Églises de Frères Mennonites au Congo) and the Mennonite Church in Congo (Communauté Mennonite au Congo ) are now active in Kikwit. In 1986 the Mennonite Brethren had seven congregations in the city and the Mennonite Church three. Both sponsored grade and high schools in the rapidly growing center. In addition, the Mennonite Brethren operated a three-year Bible School which had some hundred students enrolled in 1986.
Since the 1960s, the Mennonite Central Committee has provided funding and occasional expatriate personnel for a development program which has at different times featured cattle, poultry, a feed mill, and a peanut oil processing plant. It was also at Kikwit that a Habitat for Humanity housing project, for which the Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission provided expatriate administrative personnel, was begun in 1984.
|Author(s)||James E Bertsche|
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Bertsche, James E. "Kikwit (Democratic Republic of the Congo)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1987. Web. 8 Mar 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kikwit_(Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo)&oldid=92287.
Bertsche, James E. (1987). Kikwit (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 8 March 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kikwit_(Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo)&oldid=92287.
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