Change Among the Zande Tribe

January 3, 2017 • Democratic Republic of the Congo

A program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo reaches a needy area with the hope of the Gospel

Mboligihe Jacques Kamunde is a young teacher with three children living in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
A Bible school in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo


I was kidnapped by the Lord’s Resistance Army in November 2009. They took me to the bush, where I spent eight days in their camp. I was forced to work for them. They asked me three times to kill people, but I refused. When I refused, I was severely beaten. Every day, we ate maize and beans. On the eighth day, the Ugandan army attacked the Lord’s Resistance Army, which gave me an opportunity to escape and return home.

Samaritan’s Purse deeply impacted my life in two ways. Prior to meeting Samaritan’s Purse missionaries, I considered prayer useless and a waste of time. However, I take prayer seriously now because I know that it’s powerful. Secondly, through Samaritans Purse, I’m happy, and I interact with my community more than before. Samaritan’s Purse brought change to my life, and I’m thankful.

Editor’s Note: This year, Samaritan’s Purse began a multi-year church strengthening and community development effort among the needy Zande tribe. This program aims to strengthen, encourage, and equip existing churches throughout the area.