In a nation plagued with conflict, she fights a different battle—keeping marriages intact. Kwihangana Hategeka Carine uses her training from the TLAfrica Marriage Enrichment Conferences to minister to couples and their families in the DR Congo. Kwihangana graduated from the three-year program in 2018 and now leads couples and family ministries at the Catholic Church in Goma.

Goma is known as the rape capital of the world—the reality experienced by women in this culture is often extreme. Along with the nation’s problems, many couples feel defeated in their own homes. Their trust and support of one another is lost in the harsh environment of the DR Congo. Many choose to separate and go their own way. Kwihangana sees a need to show compassion and give couples a chance to reconnect.

Through family planning, children’s education, and community seminars, Kwihangana urges couples to fight against divorce and to forgive one another through the power of Christ. She teaches them how to avoid conflict and puts them on a road to success. “Thanks to the TLAfrica trainers, I learned spiritual disciplines I apply in my ministry: service, mediation, and submission for a spiritually mature life,” she said.

Kwihangana is also a TL Congo board member—working to grow the TLAfrica ministry so that others may experience the same influential training and become leaders in their communities. “Serving others is an important part of what life is about,” she said. Just like Paul says in Galations 5, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” 

Kwihangana is a true servant of Christ, and we pray her ministry continues to flourish as she repairs broken marriages in the war-torn country of the DR Congo.