Shambuyuyu Emmanuel (d. 1985)

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A child born to a slave couple among the Chokwe people in southern Kwilu province of the Belgian Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo), near the Angolan border, was named Nduwa. When a new outpost of the Unevangelized Tribes Mission was started near his village, Nduwa was one of the first boys admitted, after hesitation on the part of the village fathers, to the mission school. He was among the first to accept Christ and to be baptized, at which time he took a new name, Emmanuel. Later when his first child was born he became known as Shambuyuyu, the father of Mbuyuyu.

After finishing the training available at the mission post, Shambuyuyu was chosen to go to Vanga, a Baptist station far to the northwest to take a short term Bible course. When he returned he became one of the church's first itinerant evangelists. In 1952 the Congo Inland Mission took over the area for mission work and in due time ordained Shambuyuyu as pastor in the Communauté Mennonite au Congo (Congo Mennonite Church). In the 1960s Emmanuel was asked to leave Kamayala to open a new work among a group of isolated people between the Loange and Kasai Rivers. He became one of the first missionaries of the Zaire (Congo) Mennonite Church. When he and his family returned five years later a church had been planted in the new area. Back in Kamayala, Emmanuel was again allocated a rural area which he served faithfully for another 15 years until his sudden death in July 1985.

Author(s) James E Bertsche
Date Published 1989

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