Faithful Congolese Couple Serve a Mission
Phyllis Evanson, Public Affairs, and Mbidi Ilunga, Regional Public Affairs Director for the Democratic Republic of Congo Lubumbashi Mission
“If I agree to leave today on a mission and not attend the wedding of my daughter, the only one I have among all of my children, it is because I know it is the work of our Heavenly Father and that by our missionary service our whole family will be blessed” testifies Sister Jeanne Kalume Kimbo Ilunga. She and her husband, Elder Fridon Nkulu Kishi Ilunga, departed for the Missionary Training Center in Ghana just six days prior to the marriage of their only daughter, Consolatrice.
Elder and Sister Ilunga are members of the Upemba Ward, Katuba Stake, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They have been called to serve a full-time couple’s mission in the DRC Lubumbashi Mission. Elder and Sister Ilunga have been faithful, dedicated members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for many years. They look forward to the blessings and challenges of missionary service.
Elder Ilunga feels he and his wife have been prepared for this time by the many Church callings they have received through the years. As a member of the High Council, Elder Ilunga was responsible for overseeing and training of the new Branch in Kasumbalesa, 90 kilometers from Lubumbashi. He said that experience would help him to successfully cope with the various tasks assigned to him by his mission president. The Ilungas are presently serving in the remote city of Luputa, DRC, working with 10 Elders and the members and leaders of the newly organized Luputa Stake.
Through their proselyting efforts the Ilungas have been instrumental in “bringing many souls unto Christ.” They follow in the missionary footsteps of their six children who have completed full-time missions and one son who is currently serving. One of the Ilungas greatest joys was receiving the honorable mission release certificates of their children. Release letters from their children’s mission presidents expressed gratitude to the Ilunga parents for preparing their children so well to serve.
Elder and Sister Ilunga desire to complete an honorable, useful mission and be an example of missionary service to their 16 grandchildren. The Illungas dedication to the Lord by entering missionary service a mere six days before the wedding of their only daughter is an example of faith and obedience.