d.r. of congo / africa

Spiritual Climate

With limited transportation available for the abundant natural resources, the potential agricultural and economic success is stifled. This problem results in 50% of the population surviving on less than $1 a day. Religious freedom was declared in 1992, but poverty and previous instability caused many Christian leaders to leave and abandon their ministry efforts. Determination and commitment is needed to restart abandoned ministries, build strong leadership and address the physical and spiritual needs of the country head on.

Ground-Level Perspectives

The Congolese are desperate to find something that will work for them. Unfortunately, there is no lack of spiritual charlatans in the country preaching a 'quick fix' gospel. For example, many offer to pray and fast for someone else for a price. Of course, these people disappear with the money.
— Bruce & Anita Paden

At one point, Congo was referred to as 'the gold standard of corruption.' This corrosive spirit has unfortunately also invaded the church. Christianity is making a difference, but when people work together with integrity in a spirit of unity, the result could be the transformation of the Congolese society.
— Bruce & Anita Paden

More about Democratic Republic of Congo

A Couple Raw Facts

Poverty Illustration

About 50% of the population live below the poverty line, making less than $1/day.

Tribe Mask Image

The majority of the population are Christian, but some sources claim that up to 50% are actually animists.


History & Future


WorldVenture History in Democratic Republic of Congo

The church in Africa is growing tremendously. In the past, WorldVenture has worked with the Community of Baptist Churches of Eastern Congo to provide leadership training, translation of the Bible and discipleship. When possible, WorldVenture’s medical personnel minister through Bible study programs, hospital and nursing school chapel services, and other forms of witness.

Today &

Democratic Republic of Congo Team Goals

With the unstable political climate in Congo, it is difficult to predict the direction WorldVenture’s work will take in the future. The church is faced with the challenge of making the gospel relevant to people who live with the fears and uncertainties of government instability. The Lord continues to use compassion ministries such as the medical work of WorldVenture to bring comfort and hope to needy people. Often, a visit to the hospital or clinic is the first time people hear the good news of Christ.

5 Global

WorldVenture Global Objectives

  1. Evangelizing the Peoples of the World
    • Relationships being cultivated with non-believers
    • Decisions to follow Christ
    • Believers baptized
    • People engaged in intentional discipleship
    • Bible verses translated and Christian resources created or translated
  2. Extending Grace
    • People helped through development assistance
    • People provided with medical and health assistance
    • People helped toward justice who are in illegal, immoral, dangerous, exploited circumstances
    • People helped directly through disaster relief
  3. Establishing Churches
    • New churches established
    • Daughter churches established
  4. Equipping Leaders
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through formal contexts
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through non-formal contexts
    • TCKs (third culture kids) being equipped
    • 360º leaders being equipped
  5. Encouraging Mission Movements
    • National Christians preparing to become cross-cultural missionaries
    • National churches engaged in cross-cultural missions
    • National church groups engaged in cross-cultural missions

Living Here



The electricity often goes off perhaps four or five times a day. Our water comes from Lake Kivu, has an alkaline taste and is highly basic (opposite of acidic). For drinking water, we boil and filter rain water collected off the roof mixed with a small amount of lake water. That way it has quite a nice flavor. We boil and filter water about once a day.
— Bruce & Anita Paden

There is no lack of beef, potatoes, tomatoes, beans, onions, cheese or fish in the stores and markets. We definitely are not starving.
— Bruce & Anita Paden


Just because visitors are welcomed with big smiles and generous hospitality by the Congolese does not mean that they're trusted. It may take months and even years before they really trust someone else or put much stock in what they have to say.
— Bruce & Anita Paden

The Congolese people are generally friendly, outgoing people who often exhibit an amazing sense of humor. Many of them are quite energetic and highly intelligent.
— Bruce & Anita Paden



Our home has lots of grass, flowers, trees of different kinds... fruit trees produce bananas, mangoes, guavas, lemons, avocados and papaya. The climate is really wonderful. Goma is located at an altitude of 5,000 feet, so the climate is quite moderate—between 60 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. It's quite nice, really!
— Bruce & Anita Paden

Goma is truly a 'pothole city.' The roads are simply atrocious. Because so few of them are paved, at times, the dust is terrible. Traffic is chaotic and accidents are frequent.
— Bruce & Anita Paden



There is a lot of fear in Congo. One of the results of this fear is disunity. When there is a lot of fear, people will fall back to clinging to family, clan and tribe... the ones they trust before all others.
— Bruce & Anita Paden

One of the major problems in Congo that we see is the 'absence of the rule of law.' This absence creates no end of problems. We believe that Congo has the potential of becoming one of the great nations of the world, and so we continue to 'pray for peace in Congo with real justice.'
— Bruce & Anita Paden

Local News

The following is a live news feed mirrored from an independent news service, and offers a current stream of headlines coming out of the country. WorldVenture does not control headlines, but only "mirrors" them from other websites.

democratic republic of congo source:bbc - Google News
DR Congo: Many dead after ferry sinks on Lake Tanganyika - BBC News

BBC News

DR Congo: Many dead after ferry sinks on Lake Tanganyika
BBC News
At least 129 bodies have been recovered from Lake Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after a ferry capsized on Friday. Local transport minister Laurent Sumba Kahozi said the search for survivors was continuing. Rescue workers found ...

Sunday, December 14, 2014 10:01:06 AM

DR Congo unity government formed by President Kabila - BBC News

BBC News

DR Congo unity government formed by President Kabila
BBC News
The president of Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, has announced the formation of a new government which includes several opposition members. A senior member of opposition party the Movement for the Liberation of Congo has been named ...

Monday, December 08, 2014 4:09:30 AM

Congo M23 rebels 'on the run in Uganda ahead of handover' - BBC News

BBC News

Congo M23 rebels 'on the run in Uganda ahead of handover'
BBC News
More than 1,500 Congolese ex-rebels have gone on the run in Uganda ahead of their handover to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the group's leader, Bertrand Bisimwa, has told the BBC. The M23 president said they had left a camp where they were ...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 3:50:41 AM

Kabila 'coup plot': DR Congo suspects acquitted in South Africa - BBC News

BBC News

Kabila 'coup plot': DR Congo suspects acquitted in South Africa
BBC News
A group of 15 men accused of plotting to assassinate the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, have been acquitted by a South African court. Prosecutors dropped the case because of a lack of evidence against the men, ...

Friday, November 28, 2014 12:42:12 PM

Belgium's GFI 'implicated in bulldozing DR Congo homes' - BBC News

BBC News

Belgium's GFI 'implicated in bulldozing DR Congo homes'
BBC News
A Belgian mining firm has "consistently lied" about the bulldozing of hundreds of homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Amnesty International says. New evidence showed a Groupe Forrest International (GFI) subsidiary supplied bulldozers to destroy ...

Monday, November 24, 2014 6:38:13 AM

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Grief Counselor for Children4 YearsLifetimeAfricaDemocratic Republic of CongoFifteen years of war and brutality has left many traumatized children. Your opportunity it to help kids process unspeakable events.Sequentially: Learn language and culture. Learn the current grief counseling process. Observe and practice grief counseling.. Coach lay people and leaders to better help especially kids process their experiences. Prepare materials for broad use. Train broadly. Develop and work with a team of other missionaries and committed nationals.Grief counseling training and experience especially from the Douggy Center in Oregon. Compassion, coaching ability, team work, able to work in a difficult area with limited teaching resources, able to learn languages. Some experience very helpful. Before final commitment an in-country vision trip to assess opportunities and help you prepare for the challenges seems essential. (A woman should not come as a single, should come either married or partnered with another single woman.)1329

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Missionary Team

Phil & Zana Dirksen

Equipping the church of the Congo to relieve human suffering

Bruce & Anita Paden

Serving in compassion ministry, church development, and helping grieving children in DR Congo

Evangelizing the Peoples of the World

With respect for people and their cultures, we communicate, by word and deed, the full scope of biblical truth and, especially, the gospel. We make disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples through different kinds of evangelism..

Relationships Being Cultivated with Non-Believers

We seek to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ with whom we can share our faith. Paul asks, 'How are they to believe in the one they have not heard of?' Romans 10:14. The answer is that they can't. It is our desire for those who have never heard the gospel or never understood it to have the chance know God. Many times a true opportunity to hear the gospel requires an environment of trust and friendship first.

Scriptures: Matt 28:18-20, Rom 10:14, 1 John 4:19.


Decisions to Follow Christ

We recognize both the internal conversion of the heart and external profession of faith as milestones in the journey of obedience to Jesus Christ. We encourage new believers to identify themselves as Christ-followers in ways that are recognized as authentic in the local context.

Scriptures: Romans 10:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Eph. 4:20-24, Mark 16:15 .


Believers Baptized

Baptism is another external milestone in the journey of obedience for a new believer. We encourage new Christ-followers to further identified themselves with Jesus Christ and the local community of faith through baptism by immersion.

Scriptures: Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 28:19-20.


People Engaged in Intentional Discipleship

We nurture reasonable steps taken to pursue spiritual growth and evangelism from Christians and non-Christians. This often looks like greater depth in comprehending biblical truths and expressing their growing faith in ways meaningfully in their own culture.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10: 24-25, Eph. 4:11-17, Matthew 28: 18-20.


Bible Verses Translated and Christian Resources Created or Translated

We actively invest time and talent into Bible translation and creation of Christian media knowing that these investments will expand and deepen the influence of the gospel in a culture.

Scriptures: Acts 2:8-11, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 13:47-49, Acts 8:26-39.

Extending Grace

Following the example of Jesus, we address human suffering and practical needs everywhere we share the gospel, whether it be through individual acts of mercy or community-wide programs.

Helping People through Development Assistance

Lasting community development is only achieved by insiders. Meaning, we assisted people in their own development efforts in the areas of acquiring sustainable food, water, shelter, literacy, vocational training, education, and employment. Our explicit goal is empowerment, dignity, and community ownership.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18, 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 145:15-16, Luke 12:33.


People Provided with Medical & Health Assistance

The grace and blessing of medical care where there is no other access to medical help is one of the longest standing outreaches of WorldVenture. Our hospitals and rural clinics dot some of the most difficult locations in the world.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:6, Isaiah 40:29, Matt 19:2.


Justice for those in Illegal, Immoral, & Dangerous Circumstances

We seek out those who have become vulnerable and fallen to the advantage of other people. We advocate for them within available legal systems, or we build exits and avenues for them to leave their circumstances.

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 72:4, Isaiah 51:4-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16, Psalm 82:3-4.


Helping People Directly through Disaster Relief

In large scale disasters which are within locations we have workers and churches, we bring help directly to the people effected by the disaster. Our networks are often the most established in the communities to the point that larger relief organizations will defer to us on the ground. Yet our strategies always extend past the immediate response to include some form of rebuilding and restoration.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 16:1-4, Psalm 145:15-16, Philippians 4:19.


Establishing Churches

Building his church is central to Jesus’ purposes. We strive to establish healthy local churches that will establish other churches, resulting in church planting movements.

New Churches Established

Recognizing that church planting is typically more of a process rather than a one-time event, we speak of a church as being "established" when the local church and its local sister churches recognize it as such. We value real growth of the church, and use milestones like this to give us benchmarks to celebrate.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 18:20, 1 Timothy 4:13, Acts 16:4-5.


Daughter Churches Established

 Another milestone we encourage as a mark of a maturing church is the multiplication of daughter churches. More than anything this is a sign of the outward growth and maturity of the faith community.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 16:4-5, Romans 15:20-21, Ephesians 2:19-22.


Equipping Leaders

We develop leaders who are able to lead others in contextualizing and maximizing their Kingdom impact – locally, regionally, and around the world.

Leaders Being Trained for Ministry through Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

Our workers staff numberous formal seminaries and bible schools as teachers or administrators. We know that people being equipped in and for ministry through formal degree/diploma granting institutions is an investment in the future health and vitality of the church.

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Luke 2:45-47, Proverbs 1:1-7.


Leaders being Trained for Ministry through Non-Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

In addition to formal academic training, we encourage leadership development through non-formal ministry training seminars, courses, and programs. These programs are equally as powerful for deepening and establishing churches through informed and mature lay leaders.

Scriptures: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, John 10:3-4.


TCKs (Third Culture Kids) being Equipped

Experience has taught us that some of the most natural and effective future missionaries come from the children of our current missionaries. Not only does the investment in these children make it possible for their parents to work in remote locations, most of the international schools in which we partner encourage the personal ministry and impact these children can have while on the field.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:9, Matthew 18:2-5, 1 Timothy 4:12.


"360º Leaders" being Equipped

Our 360° vision for impacting societies recognizes that there are a handful of key roads to impacting in any given city or provence or people group. For example, business and media are key influencers in a society, but often fall outside designated leadership tracks like pastors and teachers. We encourage the development of Christian leaders who will influence society through business, politics, medicine, media, social justice, and family and community development.

Scriptures: John 17:15-19, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 25:23.


Encouraging Mission Movements

We will encourage individuals, churches, and church movements everywhere to connect with each other and other organizations, creating international relationships for networking, collaborating, and partnering to do missions “from everywhere to everywhere.”

National Christians Preparing to Become Missionaries

We encourage the natural progression of a maturing national church by advocating for the training and development of national Christians to become missionaries. Crossing-cultures is always difficult, even for those who are born and raised in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, and preparation can be a key element in the succeess of a national missionary.

Scriptures: Psalm 144:1, Galations 3:28, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 61:1.


National Churches Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

In addition to individuals going out as missionaries, we encourage national churches to engage in missions.

Scriptures: Romans 10:15, John 15:1-27, Matthew 9:35-38.


National Church Groups Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

From the individual to the church and then finally to the multi-church association, we encourage many national church groups and church associations to engaged in missions. We seek a culture of outward movement and self-sacrifice as a healthy part of a national church.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Romans 10:15.




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