It All Started With One Man...
It all started when Samuel Mwangi visited Goma town in the eastern Congo in 2003 where he saw hopelessness and misery among the locals. Samuel had traveled from Nairobi, Kenya to Goma city in DRC for a leaders’ conference aimed to bring healing to the war torn country. It was during this mission that Samuel inquired about the pygmies who lived in the forests. Initially his questions were rooted in curiosity of wanting to see the short Bambuti pygmies.
A year later, in August 2004, Samuel witnessed real devastation and misery when he came face to face with the Bambuti pygmies in the Congo forests. Traveling through the jungle was a nightmare but his determination could not stop him. During this trip, Samuel listened to the Bambuti children who had never been to school, old 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 day. 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.
Inspired, Samuel, returned several times to DRC where she shared the gospel of Jesus Christ, donated clothes and food to dying families. In 2008, Samuel published a book, “The Pygmy World: The Endangered Bambuti of Congo” based on the plight of the pygmy communities in DR Congo.
He traveled to the USA and promoted the work among the pygmies in DRC. PIPES work has now grown to many other countries.
It Takes ONE Story...
In 2011, my husband Gurry purchased a book from Samuel that highlighted the plight of the pygmy people in Democratic Republic of Congo.
He read the book and gave it to me to read.
I cried my way through the book and took it to my bible study group where members read the book and we prayed over it. We decided that there was not much we could do but what we could do we needed to do.
One of the co-founders of Partnership for Indigenous Peoples-PIPES International was Jean Chapel.
Jean went to be with Jesus on February 17, 2017. May her soul rest in eternal peace.