Our History

It All Started With God putting a burden in One Man.

In 2003, while on a mission trip to DR Congo, God impressed Samuel Mwangi to work among the Bambuti pygmies in Congo forests. This community had been evicted from the forests with no alternative resettlement. Due to difficult logistics, it took Samuel a year before he would meet the pygmy community. Finally, in 2004, he traveled to Katana village in the outskirts of Bukavu, he witnessed real devastation and misery when he came face to face with the Bambuti pygmies in the Congo forests. During this trip, Samuel listened to the Bambuti children who had never been to school, older men who had never changed their clothes, and women who had been raped by the militia groups in the forests.

What Samuel thought would be a fun adventure turned out to be a tearful safari. He sobbed to see families worship Tore, a forest god whom pygmies believed supplied animals to hunters. He felt desperate to see the children dying due to malaria and cold and hopeless men who could not provide for their families. Samuel together with his team shared the gospel among this community and helped with physical needs.

In 2010, while on a trip to the United States, shared the plight of this community. Friends contributed funds to help start a small school in Goma. In July 2011, Hope Academy opened its door with less than 30 children and two teachers. It was the first time for many pygmy children, orphans, and vulnerable children would access education.  Today, the ministry supports over 600 children in DRC and many more in other countries. Additionally, in 2013, the ministry bought land in Idjwi Island (Congo) and resettled 20 pygmy families.

Samuel, together with his wife, Esther and Jean Chapel, founded PIPES International in 2011. Since then, PIPES continues to make disciples of Jesus Christ and fight poverty in Africa and Asia. 

In 2016, PIPES expanded its work to Asia to spread the gospel among unreached people groups, including the Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists. Since then, we had undertaken mission trips to Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Philippines, and South Korea.

PIPES has empowered leaders and local communities through training, skill-building, and education to enable them to thrive spiritually and economically and end extreme poverty and suffering.

In 2019, PIPES launched the One Family Transformed Program among indigenous people in Africa and Asia. The program facilitates sharing the gospel, provision of audio & print Bibles, improving sanitation, better farming methods, jigger treatment, and access to education for orphans and vulnerable children.

In our quest to make disciples of all nations, PIPES has developed a comprehensive discipleship workbook. The 96-page Discipleship Pathway Workbook is already available in English and Urdu, and FIVE more translations are ongoing and expected to be published by December 2020.

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