Sylvain Illunga Tshikala, Kasenga District Superintendent of the South Congo Conference

Sylvain Illunga Tshikala, Kasenga District Superintendent of the South Congo Conference

COTC Celebrated the arrival of Sylvain Ilunga, Sunday, December 10th

Rev. Sylvain Ilunga is the District Superintendent of Kasenga (an area four times the size the Montgomery County) in the South Congo Conference of the United Methodist Church. Kasenga is located in the southeastern portion of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Sylvain received his degree from Africa University in 2009. There are sixteen churches in Kasenga District which is considered one of the poorest Districts in the entire Conference. The town of Kasenga, the largest community in the District, has only about 18,000 residents.

The condition of all of the churches has improved under the leadership of Sylvain with the help of his assistant, Jane Wise, and the ministry of Nuru Ya Mapendo. Many of the churches are in rural areas that are difficult to reach in the best of circumstances let alone the rainy season! David’s House has been built, the headquarters of the Kasenga District which adjoins the residence of Jane Wise. The Jane Wise School has been established, a private Christian school for children of Kasenga. This is the first United Methodist School in the entire District. A District parsonage will soon be built. Sylvain is a gentle man who loves Jesus. He is married to Dorcas and they have six children—David, Gaston, Samuel, Jeremiah, Jane, and Jenovic.

Sylvain preached on December 10 in both worship services and a Christmas Potluck followed at the noon hour. Sylvain and Jane answered questions and shared the news of their important work in Africa.