December 27, 2014

Democratic Republic of Congo Kinshasa Mission

Resources about the Democratic Republic of Congo Kinshasa Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Congo LDS Missions.

Congo Kinshasa Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Congo Kinshasa Mission. We try to keep this info up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the mission address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.

Democratic Republic of Congo Kinshasa Mission
Immeuble Gulf
6347 Avenue de la Justice
Zone de la Gombe
Kinshasa

Phone Number: 243-815-016-769
Mission President: President W. Bryce Cook

Congo Kinshasa Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Congo Kinshasa Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Kinshasa Mission:

  1. Log into your LDS account here.
  2. Click here.

Videos with Congo Kinshasa RMs

Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Congo Kinshasa Mission.  We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.

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LDS-Friendly Videos about the Congo

Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about the Democratic Republic of Congo. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about the Democratic Republic of Congo, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.

LDS Church  food  nature  language  mission calls  Social Issues

Congo Kinshasa Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Congo Kinshasa Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.

*Send your missionary a gift (mission-specific shirts, ties, Christmas stockings/ornaments, pillowcases, etc.)

Elder & Sister Gates elderandsistergates.blogspot.com 2016
President & Sister Cook cooksinthecongo.blogspot.com 2015
Elder & Sister Coleman colemansincameroon.blogspot.com 2015
Elder & Sister Bailey calledtoservethecongo.blogspot.com 2015
Elder & Sister Smith ldscongomission.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Devin Masse elderdevinmasse.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Ryan Lavering missionsite.net/elderryanlavering 2014
Elder & Sister Whitesides whitesidesinafrica.blogspot.com 2014
Mission President & Sister grammyandpapas.blogspot.com 2013
Elder & Sister Wheatley missioninthecongo.blogspot.com 2013
Elder & Sister Stagg dsstagg.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Eric Palmer elderpalmerdrc.blogspot.com 2011
President & Sister Livingstone congochatter.blogspot.com 2009

Congo Kinshasa Mission Groups

Here are Congo Kinshasa Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Kinshasa Mission.

  1. Congo Kinshasa Mission- Cooks Group (20 members)
  2. D.R. Congo Kinshasa Mission – RTM Group (8 members)

Congo Kinshasa Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Congo Kinshasa Mission!

Shirt designs include Congo Kinshasa Mission logo/emblem shirts and Called to Serve shirts. The shirts make great gifts for pre-missionaries, returned missionaries and missionaries currently serving. LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL.  The mission designs are printed on white shirts and are shipped to you.

*Simply click on a shirt design to view the details and submit an order. The designs on mission t-shirts may also be printed on other LDS mission gifts, including: Congo Kinshasa missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Kinshasa Mission gifts

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Congo Kinshasa Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Congo Kinshasa LDS Mission.

  1. 2015-2018, Herve Baehrel
  2. 2013-2015, Bryce W. Cook
  3. 2010-2013, Brent L. Jameson
  4. 2009-2010, Gary L. Packar
  5. 2007-2009, Donald H. Livingstone (Listen to an interview with the Livingstones)
  6. 2005-2007, William W. Maycock
  7. 2003-2005, Scott G. Waldram
  8. 2001-2003, Phil Brent Petersen
  9. 1999-2001, Brent L. Nielson
  10. 1998-1999, Merwin Leonard Waite
  11. 1995-1998, Roberto Mario Tavella
  12. 1994-1995, Clair W. Andrus
  13. 1992-1994, Homer M. LeBaron
  14. 1990-1992, Scott H. Taggart
  15. 1988-1990, C. Stephen Hatch
  16. 1987-1988, Ralph Bay Hutchings

D.R. of the Congo LDS Statistics (2015)

  • Church Membership: 42,689
  • Missions: 2
  • Temples: 0
  • Congregations: 145
  • Family History Centers: 11

Helpful Articles about the Congo

Coming soon..

Congo Kinshasa Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Congo Kinshasa RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.

*Click here to take a survey to help pre-missionaries going to your mission.

When did you serve?

  • 2013-2014 (Howard)

What areas did you serve in?

  • DRC, RC, Burundi, Cameroun, South Africa, Kinshasa, Pointe Noire, Lubumbashi, Many others. (Howard)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Mangoes, lamb. (Howard)

What was a funny experience?

What was a crazy experience?

  • Driving and being accosted by the police. Several automobile accidents. (Howard)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • Working with the Saints who are very devoted and enthusiastic about the gospel. Watching how the gospel spreads almost without effort by the missionaries. Feeling the deep and sincere love of the people and for the people of Africa. Once in passing at the airport in Nairobi we met a young man on the way to the Emirates. When he found out who we were he said he had been absent from The Church for a long time, had no literature, and didn’t know where to find The Church in the Emirates where he worked far from his family in Kenya. We encouraged him to search out The Church, gave him our only copy of the Liahona in English, and later found where The Church was in the Emirates and emailed him the location. He subsequently returned to The Church, returned to Kenya and now we keep in touch through Facebook as he and his wife and child rejoice together in The Church. (Howard)

What are some interesting facts about the Kinshasa Mission?

  • It is growing fast. Has been divided twice, and two new Stakes in Kinshasa. A temple is under construction in Kinshasa, Most missionaries are native Africans, or from Madagascar. We served as Public Affairs missionaries and traveled to Burundi, Cameroun, both Congos, and the two existing missions in the DRC at the time, and to South Africa for training. While daily life in the countries we visited was difficult at times, the work is inspiring. People often stopped us when they saw our badges and asked for a blessing, or questioned us about Christ and The Church. They are very concerned about things spiritual. (Howard)

What was the weather like?

  • The weather is either dry for half the year or wet half the year. It is warm to hot during the middle of the days, cool in the mornings during the dry season, hot all the time during the rainy season. (Howard)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • The country is beautiful, and the people welcoming and friendly. We loved both. (Howard)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Good shoes, waterproof, light tropical wear. (Howard)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • Too many to list. The family was safeguarded. We made eternal friends. We lost any remaining materialistic desires. (Howard)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Travel skills.. How to dodge insane drivers. How to understand African French, sort of. (Howard)

What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?

  • Had more public affairs awareness and less fear of air travel in-country, and more awareness of exactly how to proceed in Public Affairs. (Howard)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Kinshasa?

  • Don’t fear disease, social unrest, anything about Africa. It is a different place from the West, but the experience is worth every minute. You will miss out on a life-changing experience if you skip Africa. (Howard)

What was a funny language mistake?