Emmanuel Wayindama was born to Chokwe parents in the mid-1920s near the Angola border in Kahemba Territory of Kwilu Province, the Belgian Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo), Africa. Wayindama came as a boy to Kamayala, a pioneer mission post of the Unevangelized Tribes Mission where he enrolled in primary school. After graduating and teaching several years, he was sent ca. 300 km (186 miles) north to Mukedi, a station of the Congo Inland Mission (Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission), where, in the early 1950s, he took a special two-year teacher training course. Returning to Kamayala, he became the first African director of the station school.
In 1956 he was chosen with his family to go to Tshikapa in the West Kasai to take a three-year course in the Mennonite Bible Institute (by then Kamayala was part of the Congo Inland Mission field). Finishing at the top of his class, Wayindama was invited back to Tshikapa in 1962 to become the first African instructor at this school. In 1963 the Bible Institute was relocated west of the Loange River at Kandala in Kwilu Province. In the rebellion in 1964 the Kandala station was an early target. While fleeing south on foot with his family, Wayindama was intercepted by suspicious government soldiers, but spared from execution by intervention of a Christian soldier.
At home in Kamayala, Wayindama was promptly appointed lead pastor of the Mennonite church. Upon completing his tenure there he accepted an itinerant teaching pastor assignment in the sprawling church district. Today Mennonite congregations are to be found established in a number of isolated rural settings which were Wayindama"s responsibility.
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Eidse, Helen. "Wayindama, Emmanuel (b. ca. 1925)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1989. Web. 27 Jul 2016. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Wayindama,_Emmanuel_(b._ca._1925)&oldid=78662.
Eidse, Helen. (1989). Wayindama, Emmanuel (b. ca. 1925). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 July 2016, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Wayindama,_Emmanuel_(b._ca._1925)&oldid=78662.
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