Ntambue Paul (b. 1912)
Ntambue Paul was born into the Baluba tribe in the area of Djoko Punda, one of the early stations founded by the Congo Inland Mission (Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission) in the West Kasai of Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of Congo). He enrolled as a student in the station school and accepted Christ early.
Ntambue served as a deacon in Djoko for many years as well as Bible instructor in the station schools. He was a gifted teacher with an unusual ability to study on his own with very limited resource materials. He played a major role in the station church and gave many hours to the local council. A large man with a resonant bass voice, he spoke slowly and deliberately in a manner which underscored insight into local tribal customs and his effort to apply scriptural principles as he understood them. He gained the respect and appreciation of Africans and missionaries alike with his unbiased approach to issues and his firmness in dealing with problems.
In the political turmoil after Belgian officials left in 1960, Ntambue migrated with many others to their traditional homeland in the East Kasai. There he was ordained a pastor by the Communauté Evangélique Mennonite (Democratic Republic of Congo), which recognized and welcomed his rich teaching and pastoral experience.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, pp. 640-641. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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