I am saddened to have to tell you that our dear friend and colleague, Rene Mbongo, tragically succumbed to COVID complications on Thursday, February 11. He served as our West Africa Area Director for close to 20 years.
I talked with him just 24 hours prior, chatting about the future. Over my years in ministry, I have been to many funerals. People in ministry, workers, and relatives have died or been killed, many due to war or for their faith. Few have passed away from natural causes.
Rene will be missed dearly. Please pray for his wife Faustine and the Mbongo family. Only a small number, mainly close family members, will be allowed at the funeral. We will do all we can to properly care for the family and will visit them as soon as travel is allowed.
During Rene’s time as Area Director for West Africa, he did a fantastic job listening, praying for, supporting, and advocating for local ministries that take the Gospel to the least reached. His work was not limited to West Africa; Rene also traveled to East Africa and even India, enriching the outreach efforts of countless local ministries.
Judging by the many emails I’ve received since his passing to glory, Rene’s ministry was extensive and greatly appreciated by many people, more than I was aware of, well beyond Africa.
Rene is survived by his dear wife, Faustine, their five children, and extended family. Faustine and their youngest son tested positive for COVID-19 but are recovering. The family is still mourning the recent loss of a granddaughter who did not survive surgery a few days after she was born.
We honor Rene’s memory by a firm commitment to continue Rene’s passion: To take the Gospel to those who have not heard, to extend a helping hand to children and women, and to provide people an opportunity for a better life here and for eternity.
Please pray for Faustine and the rest of Rene’s family during this difficult time and consider supporting them through the memorial fund below.