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Goma
By Patrick
31 Jul 2014

Prayer houses have become a public health concern for the Congolese Government. The misconception many Congolese have about physical and mental illness makes them avoid hospitals and go to their nearest prayer house.
The “Galilaya” Church has many of these prayer houses across the Congo. It belongs to the 8th Community of the Pentecostal Churches of Central Africa (8th CEPAC) and is one of the many movements that shape the religious landscape in North Kivu´s capital, Goma, a city with 1 million inhabitants in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In a nation that has witnessed so much horror and violence many turn to religion in the search for answers and solutions.

The DRC has a strong Christian tradition born out of colonialism. It is estimated that around 90% of the 70 million inhabitants are of Christian faith. However religious schisms have created an increasing number of religious movements within Christianity. Pentecostalism is one of these movements. This renewal movement within Christianity is based on four fundamental beliefs: Salvation, Baptism with the Holy Spirit, divine healing and the Second Coming of Christ. It is the notion of divine healing that has given the movement such strength in a region punished by war and misery for the last 20 years. Pastors like Moise Munyuabumba, head of the Galilaya Church, promise divine healing to every Congolese who embraces the faith. The pastor has apparently cured patients of sterility, mental traumas, sexual impotence, and even cancer, along with other ailments. The church comes together a few times a week in the prayer house to seek salvation. The prayer houses are people’s homes that have been turned into churches. The healing sessions are intense. The faithful usually go into a trance-like state and sometimes end up having prophecies or speak in tongues.

The misconception many Congolese have about modern medicine makes them avoid hospitals and go to their nearest prayer house. This misconception stems from the idea of witchcraft and old beliefs in which the source of evil emanates from sorcery or spells. Easy treatable diseases can become lethal because of late diagnosis. People with a burn would rather go to a prayer house than a hospital. Those who go to hospitals might not find the answers they were looking for and will try their luck with people like Pastor Moise Munyuabumba. Desperation and fear make many Congolese seek spiritual shelter in “Galilaya” where their physical and mental traumas can be healed through praying. In the third largest country in Africa where life expectancy is 48, modern medicine has to combat Churches like “Galilaya” who promise divine healing. The DRC also has the lowest rank in the Human Development Report along with Niger.

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By Patrick
26 Apr 2014

Divine healing is one of the key features of the Pentecostal Movement. Beat Mekarubamba was diagnosed breast cancer at a local hospital. According to Pastor Moise, her cancer is the consequence of her being with a polygamist. She will be healed when she admits her sin and embraces God.

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By Patrick
26 Apr 2014

Justin Kabumba is a member of Galilaya. His sister Beat Mekarubamba has breast cancer. When hospitals couldnt help her, they went to Pastor Moises Church to seek healing.

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Goma
By Patrick
26 Apr 2014

Justin Kabumba with his sister Beat Mekarubamba. Beat has been diagnosed with breast cancer and seeks healing in the “Galilaya” prayer house.

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By Patrick
26 Apr 2014

Justin Kabumba with his sister Beat Mekarubamba. Beat has been diagnosed with breast cancer and seeks healing in the Galilaya prayer house.

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Goma
By Patrick
26 Apr 2014

Aziya Heshima could only give birth by caesarean until Pastor Moise healed her. Praying sessions end with music and dancing.

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By Patrick
26 Apr 2014

Aziya Heshima could only give birth by caesarean until Pastor Moise healed her. Praying sessions end with music and dancing.

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Goma
By Patrick
26 Apr 2014

Furahu Kahalako joined this Church to seek help with her mental illness.

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Goma
By Patrick
26 Apr 2014

John Akilimali comes regularly to the “Galilaya´s” prayer house after Pastor Moise cured him of poisoning.

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By Patrick
26 Apr 2014

John Akilimali comes regularly to the Galilayas prayer house after Pastor Moise cured him of poisoning.

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Goma
By Patrick
26 Apr 2014

Divine healing is one of the key features of the Pentecostal Movement. Beat Mekarubamba was diagnosed breast cancer at a local hospital. According to Pastor Moise, her cancer is the consequence of her being with a polygamist. She will be healed when she admits her sin and embraces God.

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Goma
By Patrick
26 Apr 2014

Pastor Moise Munyuabumba heals people every Saturday in sessions that can last up to 3 hours. The Pastor reads some passages from the Bible, explains them and then starts the healing process.

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By Patrick
26 Apr 2014

Pastor Moise Munyuabumba heals people every Saturday in sessions that can last up to 3 hours. The Pastor reads some passages from the Bible, explains them and then starts the healing process.

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Goma
By Patrick
26 Apr 2014

Daniel Masumbuko is from Uganda and has had a very close relationship with Pastor Moise, ever since Moise went to Uganda to heal him from erectile dysfunction disorder.

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Goma
By Patrick
26 Apr 2014

“Galilaya´s” prayer house in Goma, North Kivu.

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Goma
By Patrick
26 Apr 2014

The intensity increases towards the end of the praying, as members of the Church receive Pastor Moise´s blessing.

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By Patrick
26 Apr 2014

The intensity increases towards the end of the praying, as members of the Church receive Pastor Moises blessing.

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Goma
By Patrick
26 Apr 2014

These kind of prayer houses can be found all across the region of Goma.

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By Patrick
26 Apr 2014

These kind of prayer houses can be found all across the region of Goma.

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Goma
By Patrick
26 Apr 2014

Justin Kabumba is a member of “Galilaya”. His sister Beat Mekarubamba has breast cancer. When hospitals couldn´t help her, they went to Pastor Moise´s Church to seek healing.

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Goma
By Patrick
26 Apr 2014

Pentecostalism is an evangelical faith. Its adherents generally believe in the Bible´s divinity and inerrancy.

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By Patrick
26 Apr 2014

Pentecostalism is an evangelical faith. Its adherents generally believe in the Bibles divinity and inerrancy.

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By Patrick
26 Apr 2014

Furahu Kahalako joined this Church to seek help with her mental illness.

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By Patrick
26 Apr 2014

Daniel Masumbuko is from Uganda and has had a very close relationship with Pastor Moise, ever since Moise went to Uganda to heal him from erectile dysfunction disorder.

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By Patrick
26 Apr 2014

Galilayas prayer house in Goma, North Kivu.

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Goma
By Patrick
20 Apr 2014

Members of the “Kombolewa” choir during a Mass.

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By Patrick
20 Apr 2014

Members of the Kombolewa choir during a Mass.

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Goma
By Patrick
20 Apr 2014

At the end of every Mass and prayer session, women tell how “Galilaya” changed their lives. In this case sterile women show their newborns.

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Goma
By Patrick
20 Apr 2014

Pastor Moise Munyuabumba is “Galilaya´s” spiritual leader. He has been preaching since 1996.

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Goma
By Patrick
20 Apr 2014

Pastor Bolingo leads the prayers during Mass at “Galilaya´s” church. Bolingo helps Pastor Moise on special days like Easter Sunday.

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By Patrick
20 Apr 2014

Pastor Bolingo leads the prayers during Mass at Galilayas church. Bolingo helps Pastor Moise on special days like Easter Sunday.

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Goma
By Patrick
20 Apr 2014

Members of the “Utukufu” choir performing during a Mass at the “Galilaya” church. Music is very important within this movement.

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By Patrick
20 Apr 2014

Members of the Utukufu choir performing during a Mass at the Galilaya church. Music is very important within this movement.

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Goma
By Patrick
20 Apr 2014

Ndeko Bazibazikiwe is a Protestant Pastor. He comes regularly to the “Galilaya” Church and lives near Pastor Moise´s house.

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By Patrick
20 Apr 2014

Ndeko Bazibazikiwe is a Protestant Pastor. He comes regularly to the Galilaya Church and lives near Pastor Moises house.

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Goma
By Patrick
20 Apr 2014

The “Galilaya” Church belongs to the Pentecostalism Movement. Members of this Church gather together over Easter to recreate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

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Goma
By Patrick
20 Apr 2014

A young boy plays the role of Jesus Christ during this reenactment of the crucifixion that took place on Easter Sunday.

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By Patrick
20 Apr 2014

A young boy plays the role of Jesus Christ during this reenactment of the crucifixion that took place on Easter Sunday.

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Pentecostalism- Divine healing in Eas...
By Patrick
20 Apr 2014

At the end of every Mass and prayer session, women tell how Galilaya changed their lives. In this case sterile women show their newborns.

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By Patrick
20 Apr 2014

Pastor Moise Munyuabumba is Galilayas spiritual leader. He has been preaching since 1996.