My name is Bishop Habimana Athanase, the founder of the Union of Baptist Churches in Congo.
I was born at Butumbalonge village, Masisi Zone, North Kivu Province in 1957 into a pagan family that was heavily involved in idolatry, ancestral worship, and other traditional heathen practices. In 1970, my father passed away, leaving behind my mother and the rest of the family going on practicing their heathen religious activities. During this time, I was far from God and led a life that reflected the distance.
During a conference in 1978, God used a messenger by the name of Pastor Sebakara Barore who preached about sin, its roots, and its consequences and the way through. It is during this time that I was convicted about my own sin. A reading of Romans 3:23 transformed my life. That day, I accepted Jesus Christ as my own Lord and Savior.
I am married to Rachel, who was born into a Christian family. At age 10 she decided to receive Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior because of all the things she had learned. She now works as a children’s Sunday school teacher, and is actively involved in an orphan outreach ministry. Rachel and I have 7 children (four boys and three girls), and 3 orphans living with us.
In 1985, I accepted the call to serve God as deacon and shortly thereafter, as the pastor of my church. God has been using me from that time on as His servant in several different ministries– such as church planting, preaching, discipleship, translating the gospel, and evangelism. I am glad to be God’s instrument and ambassador in my country and ready to be one wherever He wants to send me.
The Union has a two-fold mission:
-Proclaim the Gospel to every Congolese and Rwandan through evangelism and planting churches.
-Promote social and economic status of the populations of these countries through developmental programs and projects.
I founded The Union in 1989 with just 1 church and 15 believers. Over years the ministry has grown to 175 local churches and 19,120 believers (statistics, December 2014). In my current ministry, I am the Overseer, President and Founder of the Union of Baptist churches in Congo. It is a multipurpose ministry, such as: church planter, social activities, support of orphans and widows, building of schools and health centers. The Union leadership has taken a holistic approach to ministry by meeting spiritual, physical, and meeting community needs in order to reach the whole of Congo and Rwanda with the Gospel and to plant churches.
Commission Ministers Network is a non-profit and sends letters of receipt for tax purposes with each donation and at the end of the year. The funds are sent to me at the end of each month. If you would like to know more about CMN, click here.
If you would like to be a part of this ministry, you can donate here. Be sure to put Bishop Habimana Athanase on the message line. Or you can send a check to CMN at PO Box 291002, Kerrville, TX 78029-1002.