August 2022 Congo Update

In June Dr. Tim Kratzer, his son Ken and two granddaughters, Lupita and Savannah, traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo.  What they experienced as they witnessed the work of the Free Methodist Church in the Congo was transforming.  They toured Deaconess Nundu Hospital, visited the Nundu School of Nursing, learned about the various healthcare ministries of the Church, experienced International Child Care Ministries (ICCM) of the DRC and met with Bishop Lubunga.  

The Kratzer Family’s Congo connections go back to 1981 when Dr. Kratzer arrived at Nundu to assist in the development of what came to be known as Deaconess Nundu Hospital.   While in the DRC, then known as Zaire, he was assisted by his wife Connie and accompanied by four sons, Ken, David, John and Nathan.  The hospital was named the hospital of reference for the surrounding health zone, and a system of health centers was developed.  During this time, Dr. Kratzer had a vision for quality healthcare, training of healthcare professionals and community development.   Political instability and ultimately war…