Congo Team

The LOPC Congo Mission team was formed in 2012 in response to the horrific conditions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), particularly the suffering of women and children. These conditions have continued and, in some cases, grown in the DRC. The country, while rich in minerals, has suffered years of warfare, poverty, corruption, and other forms of violence and devastation. The Congo team works through The Presbyterian Church (USA) mission co-workers in the DRC and PC(USA) Congolese partners and the Congo Mission Network (CMN). The CMN is comprised of several Presbyterian churches/presbyteries and individuals in the US who support the work of PCUSA in the Congo.

The LOPC team takes a holistic approach to its mission efforts by providing financial, advocacy and spiritual support in numerous forms. LOPC’s financial support is focused on education (building schools, special training for girls, teacher support), and Trauma Healing. A special team assembles necklaces and other products that are sold at times on the church’s patio after Sunday services to support Build Congo Schools. Trauma healing is accomplished through a curriculum called Healing Hearts that helps children mend their emotional wounds from the violence and devastation in parts of the DRC. We advocate for the people of the DRC by maintaining relationships with various congressional parties, State Dept. and the UN through which we can support various positions and legislature helpful to the DRC. We have a weekly prayer call and have provided other forms of spiritual support.

The team is always looking for new members and if you are interested in learning more, email Herb Long at or Bobbie Dodson-Nielsen (for necklace project). All are welcomed at our monthly meeting, usually held on the first Sunday of the month. There are various ways you can participate.


A Christmas Miracle is Happening in the Congo

Tshiabantu School (10th Build Congo School) is rising despite Congo’s poverty, violence, mineral exploitation, deforestation, COVID and rains — because the love, hope and courage that  God provides cannot be conquered!

Here is a message from Coordinator Mpoyi’s and photos below of progress at Tshiabantu School in Mbuji Mayi, DRC!

“In the name of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, I inform you that the second phase of construction of E.P Tshiabantu is progressing very well, by next week the roof will be in its final phase.”

Congo Necklace Team

Funds raised by the Congo Necklace team go toward building new schools in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We are excited to have received photos of a recently completed school – built with help from LOPC donations!

Old exterior

New exterior

Old interior

New interior

Update on Healing Hearts Expansion