Kibuza Joseph was already an adult and the husband of two wives when the pioneer missionaries of the Congo Inland Mission (Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission) arrived in 1923 to establish a new mission post adjacent to Mukedi, Kibuza's village in Kwilu Province of the Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of the Congo). In time Kibuza confessed faith in Christ and, finding forgiveness, peace and joy, embraced his newfound faith with an enthusiasm which was to characterize his entire life. Unable to read, he memorized key passages of Scripture. With these passages and many memorized hymns, he began evangelizing fellow villagers. He visited and prayed with new converts and encouraged them in the faith. Later, when medical services were developed at Mukedi, Kibuza became the hospital evangelist. Untrained and uneducated though he was, his vibrant faith and testimony was blessed in a remarkable manner. When he died members of the Mukedi church lost a rich spiritual resource, but were left with the memory of a life which had been uniquely blessed and used of the Lord among them.
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