Idiofa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, February 2, 2021
The Metropolitan of Kinshasa of the Patriarchate of Alexandria recently took a trip to several cities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, during which he laid the foundation for a new church and a new mission center.
The mayor of Idiofa expressed hope that the mission center will prosper and grow to reach many people.
The day after the foundation of the church at the Holy Monastery of Panagia Paramythia, His Eminence Metropolitan Nicephoros departed for the cities of Kikwit, Indiofa, and Gungu, hundreds of miles away from Kinshasa, reports Romfea.
The devil caused a number of problems along the way, with car troubles and washed-out roads, but Met. Nicephoros and those accompanying him persevered to reach their destination and visit the Orthodox flock throughout the Congo.
Arriving in the city of Idiofa led by a 15-motorcycle motorcade, Met. Nicephoros made his way to the site where the foundation stone for the new Church of St. Paraskevi and the new missionary center would be laid. The clerics were welcomed by the local mayor and other city authorities while a crowd of people sang and danced.
After a few short speeches, the foundation stone of the new church was festively laid. The mayor then thanked the metropolitan for the establishment of an Orthodox church in his city and expressed hope that an Orthodox school would be added to teach the children about Orthodoxy, and a hospital for the medical care of the natives.
Met. Nicephoros thanked the authorities and the people for the warm reception, and later that day, he departed for his next destination.
Orthodoxy is growing quickly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and throughout Africa. More than 15 people were baptized in Kinshasa in November. Earlier, 117 people were united to Christ in two mass Baptisms in December 2018, another 52 on December 24, 2019, and another 30 on December 28.