Lumeya Nzashi (b. ca. 1928)

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Lumeya Nzashi, an influential teacher and preacher of the Communauté des Églises de Frères Mennonites au Congo (Mennonite Brethren Church of Congo), was born in the village of Kimbengi near the Kafumba mission station. While in primary school he accepted Christ and was baptized. In 1944 he graduated from the four-year course of the Mennonite Brethren Bible Institute at Kafumba.

From 1945 to 1965 Lumeya taught at the Kafumba Primary School, where his teaching ability became apparent. Together with the head-pastor, Djimbo Kibala, Lumeya was also active in Bible teaching in schools and churches, and in village evangelization. He was a Bible teacher in official schools in the city of Kikwit from 1962 to 1968. In 1968 he was ordained for church ministry and became pastor of the Kikwit, Kimpwanza congregation. He held this position for four years. After 1973 Lumeya was coordinator of evangelism in the entire northern district of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Congo, which included a population of ca. 350,000. He spent much time in the villages giving seminars for pastors and other church workers and counseling members and others in need. He was long known as an ardent Bible student and a sincere and powerful preacher. His oldest son in 1988 was completing his doctoral studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and his second son was a lawyer in Kinshasa.

Author(s) Margaret Dyck
Date Published 1987

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