Missionaries Respond with Hope After Volcanic Eruption

A Congolese community destroyed by the volcano. Source: UM News

At least 15 people are dead after the Mount Nyiragongo volcano erupted on May 22—with many homes nearby also damaged.

According to United Methodist News, Majengo United Methodist Church and its surroundings were impacted by the fire. More than 100 houses of United Methodist members lost their homes.

“My house and all my belongings were transformed into lava,” Mirindi Shamavu, a member of Majengo Church, told UM News, explaining why she is now homeless. “I thank God because I am alive.”

The Emergency Office in East Congo is working with the United Methodist Committee on Relief on arranging emergency aid.

“During this past quadrennium, UMCOR provided training and equipment for a new disaster management office in East Congo, which has responded to a number of emergency situations across the region,” said Roland Fernandes, top staff executive of UMCOR and its parent agency, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. “We will continue to accompany East Congo United Methodists as they seek to provide humanitarian relief for volcano survivors and people displaced by the recent eruptions.”

To support those most affected by the volcanic eruption, please visit the UMC Resource Center.