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The General President of the Young Women organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is concluding a nine-day ministry of Africa in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo.
Young Women General President Bonnie H. Cordon has been meeting with government leaders and Latter-day Saints in the capital cities of the two countries. The French-speaking cities of Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo are located across the Congo River from each other. President Cordon and her husband, Derek, crossed the river by boat.
“We’ve talked to the leaders of the governments that have had a desire to help families, and we have been so impressed with the leaders who want to follow Jesus Christ,” said President Cordon. “As faith-based leaders, we share a common goal to help build families, so it has been remarkable.”
The global leader of the Church’s young women toured Kintambo Maternity Hospital in Kinshasa on Friday, March 3, 2023. The Church’s Humanitarian Service has donated much-needed medical equipment to the hospital, including five state-of-the-art incubators and four ultrasound machines and other materials.
“As we walked into the room, we saw new incubators. We saw new equipment that will help save little lives. We saw rooms with freshly painted walls and newly installed floors and showers,” described President Cordon.
The mothers stay in the community hospital together with their babies until they can pay their bills and go home. During President Cordon’s visit, the maternity ward erupted with the sound of joy when the provincial minister paid the bills for the immediate discharge of 30 women who were stuck in the hospital due to lack of payment.
Also on Friday, President Cordon discussed the Church’s programs for the youth and families with Gisèle Ndaya Luseba, the minister of gender, family and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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