Missionaries in Cote d'Ivoire

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United Methodist missionaries Francine Mpanga Mufuk (left) and the Rev. Jean Claude Masuka Maleka lead a Bible study at Nazareth United Methodist Church in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. The married couple are both from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Story by Heather Hahn, photos by Mike DuBose
May 1, 2018 | ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire (UMNS)
To see United Methodist mission in action, check out the ministry of a husband-and-wife team of missionaries in Côte d’Ivoire.
Together, Francine Mpanga Mufuk and the Rev. Jean Claude Masuka Maleka — both from the Democratic Republic of Congo — wed the work of evangelism and development.
Helping to make their missionary work possible is financial and prayer support from diverse local churches — with perspectives across the denomination’s theological spectrum.
At a time when many United Methodists are debating whether the church should stay united, Maleka points to missionary work as something that binds the denomination together.
“As a missionary, I pray for the unity of the church,” he said. “God is God of all, no matter who you are.”