DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC of CONGO

The Democratic Republic of Congo, otherwise referred to as the DRC is the second largest country on the continent of Africa. More than 200 African ethnic groups live in Congo; of these, Bantu peoples constitute a large majority of the country’s population.  This also means there are more than 200 different languages actively spoken in the DRC,  for which there is no Bible translation available for many of them. There is a very sizable Christian population, the largest proportion of which is Roman Catholic. The remainder of the African population continues to adhere to traditional African beliefs or follows Islam.
More than one-half of the Congolese population is rural, with most people living in scattered villages. The most populous areas are the savanna woodlands of the south-central regions and, to some extent, the coastal regions, where the largest villages shelter some 300 to 500 people.
 Instability from years of wars and political upheaval is one of the most significant causes of poverty in the DRC, while poverty and youth unemployment has ignited conflicts. ... The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was very poor before the most recent outbreak of civil war in the 1990s.
HBM's work to equip indigenous leaders in the DRC to become Pastors, train disciples, and receive Bibles is having a dramatic impact in advancing the Gospel in the DRC.

Population

89,561,403 (2020)
Median Age: 17

Christian

Estimated 80%
Predominantly Roman Catholic

Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy: 60.68
Infant Mortality: 68.2/1,000
Death Under Age 5:50/1,000

Other Religions

Roman Catholic 29.9%, Protestant 26.7%, Kimbanguist 2.8%, other Christian 36.5%, Muslim 1.3%, other (includes syncretic sects and indigenous beliefs) 1.2%, none 1.3%, unspecified .2% (2014 est.)
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Demographics

Despite a wealth of fertile soil, hydroelectric power potential, and mineral resources, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) struggles with many socioeconomic problems, including high infant and maternal mortality rates, malnutrition, poor vaccination coverage, lack of access to improved water sources and sanitation, and frequent and early fertility. Ongoing conflict, mismanagement of resources, and a lack of investment have resulted in food insecurity; almost 30 percent of children under the age of 5 are malnourished.
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Economy

The economy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo - a nation endowed with vast natural resource wealth - continues to perform poorly. Systemic corruption since independence in 1960, combined with countrywide instability and intermittent conflict that began in the early-90s, has reduced national output and government revenue, and increased external debt. With the installation of a transitional government in 2003 after peace accords, economic conditions slowly began to improve as the government reopened relations with international financial institutions and international donors.
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Equipping

Jesus gave gifted men to "equip the whole church to do the work of the ministry, building up the body of Christ, until all come to a unified understanding of the faith and the knowledge of God's Son, growing to maturity, having the fullness of Christ."  Ephesians 4:11-13

Training leaders in the local church in the Word of God is the "tip of the spear" strategy of Hope Builders Ministries. These leaders are then better equipped to train the believers God has put in their charge. The whole congregation become disciple makers multiplying the advancement of the Gospel and able to help each other "walk worthy of the Gospel.
  • One year Disciple Makers Program
  • Three year leadership training
  • Commissioned Leadership


DRC Pastor and wife

Empowering

Paul said, "And what you have heard from me...commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." 2 Timothy 2:2

Hope Builders Ministries goal has always been for the Democratic Republic of Congo Christians to oversee their own indigenous mission. Today HBM DRC led by a team of 10 nationals partnered with more than 100  pastors mentoring their local churches in disciple making ministry.  Hope Builders Ministries provide the strategic resources empowering them to effectively do this.
  •  Bibles
  • DMP Manuals
  • Pastoral and Leadership Manuals
  • Transport - bicycles and motorcycles

Encouraging

"Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Having partnered with the Democratic Republic of Congo Church, equipping them in the Word of God and empowering them with the resources to accomplish the Great Commission, Hope Builders Ministries continues to encouraging the national church in strategic partnerships.
  • Strategically located conference centers
  • Short-term US Mission trips for men and women who are Disciple Makers to supplement leadership training
  • Dignity Projects focused on orphans  and widows and other vulnerable people
  • Medical Aid for the indigenous missionaries
  • Disaster Relief in times of famine and pandemics
  • Community Service - wells, farm development projects


Advance the Gospel in the DRC


 The DRC remains an extremely challenging environment that has struggled like most of Africa in the pandemic. A lack of access to vaccines will continue to slow the return to normalcy. Though rich in resources, DRC will most likely continue to struggle in key development areas like government transparency, education, healthcare, and un/underemployment. Hopes remain high that violent ethnic conflict in central and eastern provinces will cease and that nearly 5 million refugees in these areas will be able to return to their lives and homes. Continued Chinese investment in critical infrastructure in exchange for mineral rights is opening up roads to new areas for the gospel. Despite (and perhaps in) these trials, DRC remains a fertile field for the Gospel, as an increasing share of Congolese people understand that God alone is the hope for their country. Many all over southern Congo are hungry to be trained to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

HOPE BUILDERS MINISTRIES -DRC