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 Thanks for your interest in the work in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

We are medical missionaries Dr. Tim Rice and Kathy Rice RN.  We are missionaries of New City Fellowship Church in St. Louis, a member of the Presbyterian Church in America.   We are working in association with International Ministries and Communauté Baptiste du Congo Ouest (C.B.CO) to serve as medical missionaries at the Vanga Evangelical Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

We would love for you to find out more about the work in Vanga.  Please explore this webpage and read some of our newsletters listed on the right.  #AlwaysRecruitingForVanga 

We are from St. Louis, Missouri, where Tim is continues to maintain his position as Associate Professor on the faculty of the School of Medicine at Saint Louis University and the Department of Pediatrics and Department of Internal Medicine.

Our heart for Congo started through the ministry of our church, New City Fellowship.  Our church in St. Louis had many Congolese members who were living in St. Louis.  God also inspired our passion for Congo through our acquaintance with the late Dr. Dan Fountain and many other International Ministries missionaries here in the DRC.  Both of us served on many short-term missions trips to Vanga Evangelical Hospital which strengthened our love for the people and opened our eyes to how God wanted to use our experience and gifting to show His love here in Vanga.

We studied French in France for 10 months and then arrived full time in Vanga July 2015.  We are so thankful for the wonderful team of supporters who have encouraged us and made it possible for us to work here.

Our Mission:
We exist to…
follow the Great Commission in serving the poor together with our Congolese colleagues through

  • providing healthcare,
  • training leaders,
  • effectively managing limited resources and
  • building partnerships.

Our Vision:
We want to become…

…a leading institution that provides high quality, low cost care that brings shalom and healing to the bodies, minds and souls to this region.

…an organization that trains the next generation of Congolese Congolese nurses, doctors and health administrators in Christ-centered, whole-person care, empowering them to use the limited resources available to restore life and health across the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (DRC)

…a leading institution that effectively managing its limited personnel and financial resources.

…a builder of partnerships in DRC and internationally, enabling health professionals to participate in mutual exchange of expertise.

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  1. As the daughter of Congo missionaries I was born at Vanga. I was delivered by Dr. Ostraholm as was one of my brothers. My parents immensely enjoyed having fellowship with the Ostraholms and their staff. At the time it was a small mission hospital and a great blessing to missionaries as well as the Congolese. I myself have served in Europe as a missionary in a publishing ministry supplying French literature to many countries and especially French-speaking Africa—just after the Independence of Zair-Congo. My brother, also a missionary, is now trying to rebuild the mission stations destroyed by the rebels. The task is overwhelming. I myself came to a personal faith in Christ in Congo—at Matende station—and at that primitive time before more missionaries came, my little hands helped my Mama (called Mama Mbote or “Mother Star) by the locals)the best I could in the medical work that could not be ignored. Mama was also a gifted story-teller who kept the patients —and other curious people—spellbound with her stories about Jesus and sick people. At one time a man who had been forced to drink the poisoned cup—due to a custom whereby the witchdoctor determined who was responsible for the last death in the village , and who then had to drink the poison—insisted he wanted to be with Mama for his last hours. When Mama asked him if he was ready to die he replied, “Ah yes, Mama, I believe all the stories you told. I know that I am going to the bwala or house of the Lord. I like to picture him and Mama in heaven. I was so thrilled to hear of missionaries going to Vanga that I just had to write a few things that are on my heart. I pray that God will give you much fruit for your labors. Sincerely, Joanne Mahar

    1. Thanks for posting on our blog. We are excited about what God has done over the many years in Congo and look forward to being a part of what He continues to do. Tim Rice

  2. Thanks, JoAnne. What a wonderful testimony of your mother using her storytelling gifts and seeing a man come to Christ. We covet your prayer as we enter into a worldview so different than our own. Blessings! Kathy

  3. Hello,
    Do you know where any of Dr Dan Fountain’s books are still in available in French? He spoke regularly in our Community Development School.

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