John and Gwenda Fletcher (Retiring)
Dem. Rep. of Congo
About Our Partners
Presbyterian Community of Congo (CPC)
The Fletchers were first appointed to mission service in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1989, serving until 2001. In January 2009 they were reappointed. Mission service is truly in the blood of these wonderful servants, each of whom grew up as children of Presbyterian mission workers in India. John works with the Christian Medical Institute of the Kasai (IMCK), helping the staff build and maintain a unified network of all the Presbyterian Community of Congo’s (CPC) mission hospitals. Although John’s primary surgical responsibilities are at the Good Shepherd Hospital, his broader charge is to work with the CPC medical director in support of the CPC medical program. He teaches medical residents, medical students, and nursing students at the IMCK. The CPC, which emerged out of the efforts of the “American Presbyterian Congo Mission” from 1891 to 1970, has been an independent church since 1961. The CPC serves a large part of the population in West and East Kasai through its ministries of evangelism, health, education, and development. Gwenda, a skilled educator, works with the CPC as an educational consultant, helping the church with teacher training, administration, and community involvement.
Medicine and education have been pillars of Presbyterian mission from its beginning. Working alongside leaders from the Presbyterian Community of Congo (CPC), John and Gwenda are helping our partners change the lives of thousands of people as they help to strengthen medical care and education through ministries of the church.
The Outreach Foundation is seeking gifts totaling $10,000 for support funds.