By Jessica Brodie
They met years ago, both pastors—one American, one Congolese, each fully committed to the ministry and mission of The United Methodist Church.
Today, the Rev. Joey McDonald is the Walterboro District Superintendent in South Carolina, while his friend, Bishop Mande Muyombo, now bears the title “bishop” and supervises three annual conferences in Africa.
Their friendship has spawned not only great love and laughter, but now a new roofing initiative in the North Katanga Episcopal Area in Democratic Republic of Congo. To date, the Walterboro District has raised more than $20,000 to roof roughly four churches in the Congo, and they’ve established a new project called the “Raise the Roof Campaign” in the hope other churches and people in the South Carolina Conference of the UMC will help.