Kiwoma Agalunga (Jean) (b. 1921)
Kiwoma Agalunga (Jean), was born at Kisupain the vicinity of the Kafumba station of the Mennonite Brethren mission in Belgian Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo). His uncle, who was attending Bible school, took Kiwoma to Kafumba to look after his children. Kiwoma entered the primary school and became a Christian while attending school. He attended Bible school after his primary education, finishing in 1940. He served as head teacher in the primary school and worked at the print shop in the afternoons. He also became the assistant pastor. Summer holidays were spent in village evangelism.
After nine years of service at Kafumba, Kiwoma was sent to establish a church and start a school at an outpost on one of the Lever Brothers plantations. At that time the colonial government agreed to accredit and subsidize mission schools. In 1951 Kiwoma was sent to an accredited pedagogical school to qualify for teaching under the new government program. He then was sent to Gungu, a government post 50 miles (80 km) south of Kafumba to start a church and a school there. He was there for nine years and was then transferred to the Kajiji station where he taught for three years. After this he was transferred to Kikwit, the political and commercial center for the whole region, to teach in the primary school there.
He was ordained in 1968 and established the second Mennonite Brethren church in Kikwit. He became president of the church district council for the Kikwit district. He was in 1987 pastoring the church he established.
Toews, J. B. The Mennonite Brethren Church in Zaire. Fresno, CA: Mennonite Brethren Board of Christian Literature, 1978: 226.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, pp. 494-495. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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