Democratic Republic of Congo Binza Stake Created, Mont Ngafula Stake Reorganized
The Binza Stake- sixth stake in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)- was organized and the Mont-Ngafula Stake reorganized on Sunday, November 25, 2012.
Russel Mbaya was called as president of the Binza Stake with Adrien Kanyiki Bajikija as first counsellor and Didier Mutombo Mwamba as second counsellor. Léonard Tshisekedi Mwamba was called as president of the Mont-Ngafula Stake replacing President Sylvain Nyembwe. Pierrot Kabunda is first counsellor to President Mwamba with Louison Mbondo Kongo as second counsellor.
Binza Stake presidency- Left to right, Elder Jean Claude Mabaya; Didier Mutombo Mwamba, second counsellor; President Pierre Russell Mbaya; Adrien Kanyiki Bajikija, first counsellor; Elder Ulisses Soares.
Elder Ulisses Soares of the first Quorum of the Seventy, and a member of the Africa Southeast Area presidency presided at the meeting. Elder Jean Claude Mabaya, an area Seventy in the Africa Southeast Area also took part.
The message of this special conference focused on the fact that the stake is a place of refuge for Church members- the sons and daughters of God. Elder Mabaya talked about the responsibility of the priesthood in relation to the Plan of Salvation. Everyone must set goals and plan to work in God’s field- that is to work to spread the gospel mission, to strengthen newly converted Church members, and to reach out to those who are currently less-active in the Church. Members were also counselled to keep the commandments and to prepare for the Temple especially as it is promised to be built in Kinshasa DRC.
Elder Soares focused on the Temple. He urged every person to be worthy for and hold a temple recommend. He also reminded the congregation that all new leaders who were called at this conference were called by God through his servants on the earth.
A fireside was held several hours following the stake conference. Many members waited patiently in the summer heat for the fireside to begin. They wanted to hear the words of God as spoken by a general authority- Elder Soares. These humble saints exhibited great faith and were rewarded by an outpouring of the spirit during each of the conference sessions.
[Read about the creation of the DRC Binza Stake and reorganization of the Mont Ngafula Stake, in the French language, by clicking the link above.]