Pictured with their volunteer guardian, Tracy Putnam, of Overland Park, Chris Hummel of Pleasant Hill (left) and his brother, Tim Hummel of Butler, were among the 77 veterans selected to fly on Central Missouri Honor Flight #41, July 27, 2016, to Washington, DC.
...Linda James with Global Ministries came to Pleasant Hill Tuesday, visiting the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to share stories about her mission with the group in Congo.
...The mission in Congo is a “denominational kind of blend,” Rev. D. Kent Deubner.
...James said Congo was previously a Belgian colony, so there is a large Catholic presence, but there is also a very large Protestant ministy presence as well.
...The Disciples of Christ, Methodists, American Baptists, British Baptists and Presbyterians joined together to create the Université Protestante au Congo.
...The university was founded in 1959 in Kinshasa, as an academic teaching institution, under the Eglise du Christ au Congo (Church of Christ in Congo) to teach theology and now teaches theology, business, law and medicine.
...Those taking medical courses are required to spend their internship in the interior of the country, due to the lack of medical facilities and practitioners in that area, James said.
...James has been a long term volunteer with Global Ministries, and went to Congo because of family history, she said.
...She was previously in marketing and communications and left that job to work in Congo.
...“I have no regrets. Not even a paycheck,” she said.
...In Congo, there are 254 dialects, spoken including French (because Congo was a Belgian colony and they spoke French), Lingala, Swahili, and Kikongo.
...James said the mission is based on Romans 12:4-5 in the Bible.
...In this way, Global Ministries and the various denominations that help, seek to show the world that we are one.
...Global Ministries serves all over the world, from Mexico, Central and South America to Australia, Mongolia, North and South Korea and Africa.
...Global Ministries is funded in part by Disciples Mission Fund, the Disciples Easter Offering, Our Church’s Wider Misson (United Church of Christ), Disciples Week of Compassion and One Great Hour of Sharing (UCC), plus various UCC and Disciples endowments and donors.
...More than 100 people serve on behalf of Global Ministries, as persons in mission in over 40 countries at the request of partner churches and organizations.
...Mission personnel appointments emphasize capacity building, medical/health services, pastoral accompaniment, interfaith dialogue, theological education, sustainable development, social work and education.