Thanksgiving and prayers for Evangelical Lutheran Church in Congo

ELCCo Presiding Bishop René Mwamba Sumaili offers a gift to Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania General Secretary Brighton Killewa (left). Third from right is ELCCo General Secretary, Gilbert Ilunga Nkasa Talwa. Photo: LWF/Gracia Rubona
ELCCo Presiding Bishop René Mwamba Sumaili offers a gift to Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania General Secretary Brighton Killewa (left). Third from right is ELCCo General Secretary, Gilbert Ilunga Nkasa Talwa. Photo: LWF/Gracia Rubona

50th jubilee marked with weekend of festivities

(LWI) The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Congo (ELCCo) celebrated its 50 jubilee with services of thanksgiving, seminars and conferences, as well as visits to the church’s theological training institute, women's centre and an agro-pastoral project.

The Lutheran World Federation was there to express its gratitude that the church is growing and to lift up its mission and diakonia in a country longing for peace and reconciliation. LWF members and ecumenical guests offered greetings and prayers for the church, which has dioceses in four provinces.

Guests included representatives of the Lutheran Communion in Central and Eastern Africa, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany, and the Roman Catholic church from Lubumbashi.

Photos: LWF/ Gracia Rubona

LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge joins young reformers from ELCCo and other churches.
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge joins young reformers from ELCCo and other churches.
Dancers and singers perform at a morning devotional.
Dancers and singers perform at a morning devotional.
Rev. Junge’s jubilee Sunday address was on John 17: all may be one. He was joined at the lectern by LWF Area Secretary for Africa Rev. Dr Elieshi Mungure (left) and Country Representative LWF DRC, Anne Wangari.
Rev. Junge’s jubilee Sunday address was on John 17: all may be one. He was joined at the lectern by LWF Area Secretary for Africa Rev. Dr Elieshi Mungure (left) and Country Representative LWF DRC, Anne Wangari.
Among the guests were the representatives from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria and its mission arm, Mission Eine Welt, sitting in middle of photo.
Among the guests were the representatives from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria and its mission arm, Mission Eine Welt, sitting in middle of photo.
Rev. Dr Martin Junge and Bishop Gerhard Ulrich, from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany, also representing the 12 Lutheran churches in Germany.
Rev. Dr Martin Junge and Bishop Gerhard Ulrich, from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany, also representing the 12 Lutheran churches in Germany.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania General Secretary Brighton Killewa, second from right, presents a gift to ELCCo presiding bishop Rene Mwamba Sumaili
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania General Secretary Brighton Killewa, second from right, presents a gift to ELCCo presiding bishop Rene Mwamba Sumaili
Rev. Luke Mwololo, General Secretary of the Lutheran Communion in Central and Eastern Africa (LUCCEA), also General Secretary of the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church, preaches at the ceremony.
Rev. Luke Mwololo, General Secretary of the Lutheran Communion in Central and Eastern Africa (LUCCEA), also General Secretary of the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church, preaches at the ceremony.