In 2003, in the midst of a promising revival, Dr. Hyacinth Tudiabioko started a partnership with the Luke Society. "Our country is in a phase of reconstruction, while God has called us to a restoration ministry in this war torn country," he says.
Located in the capitol, Kinshasa, the Luke Society clinic has a three-part mission. The social welfare department is headed by a medical doctor and is addresses the health and agricultural programs. Human rights issues are dealt with through health care programs, evangelism in prisons, bringing lawyers for the suppressed, and sanitation in the communities. Finally, the evangelism department is headed by a pastor and promotes evangelism programs such as planting churches, rallies and crusades. "We think the people need to change their view on the gospel," Dr. Tudiabioko says. "The gospel has to be practical and not an empty word. People have to see God at work."
In just over a year of operation, Dr. Tudiabioko is encouraged by the growth of the clinic and the involvement of the community. "We have increased the number of patients, we have started a church that meets in an area of the clinic, and we have purchased a plot for the expansion of the clinic," he says.
In addition to these accomplishments, the community is also taking notice of the good work of the Luke Society clinic. "We are the first Christian clinic that focuses on the gospel," says Dr. Tudiabioko. "Some of the neighboring clinics have started to imitate us." The community appreciates the simple access to a quality doctor, even the same doctor at every visit. Dr. Tudiabioko says, "We are a relief to this community."
Since the ministry has started, there have been concerns about the stability of the country. Communication is often lost with Dr. Tudiabioko because of military uprisings. "This country needs to be prayed for," he writes. "It needs good and responsible leadership. Pray for true Christianity in our country."
This ministry has not proceeded without changing Dr. Tudiabioko’s life. "I am more dedicated to God’s work, I have more fellowship with the Lord, I have more of a sense of responsibility and wisdom, and I am living a life of sacrifice," he says.