Kinshasa, DR Congo
Dr. Hyacinthe Tubiabioko Bilombi was a refugee from his own country living in Zambia when the Holy Spirit began working in his heart to return to his homeland. It’s there he would open a Christian medical clinic in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital of Kinshasa.
His vision was to restore dignity to his own people, and that’s exactly what he has done since Hope Clinic opened in 2003. His three-part ministry focus includes social welfare, human rights and evangelism.
Hope Clinic experiences more child births than almost any clinic in the Luke Society family. The clinic also treats a variety of tropical diseases, including malaria. Nutrition and infant wellness are also major focuses of the ministry.
A pastor works on staff and prays for patients and families. The clinic fills with patients each morning and they join the Hope Clinic staff in devotions to start each day.
Dr. Hyacinthe Tudiabiaoko
Dr. Hyacinthe Tubiabioko is passionate about serving the poor and medically underserved. Experiencing the transforming love of Christ compelled him to return to his own country and provide holistic care as a physician and pastor. He is committed to both the spiritual and physical health of his patients. Kevin and Kim Ten Haken are the Partnership Ministry Team for Hope Clinic.
DR Congo Facts
Population: 79.3 million
Size: 2.3 million sq. km, or about one-fourth the size of the United States.
Borders: Congo to the west; Central African Republic and South Sudan to the north; Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania to the east; Angola and Zambia to the south.
Religious groups: Roman Catholic, 50%; Protestant, 20%; Kimbanguist, 10%; Muslim, 10%
Primary language: French
Literacy (age 15+): 63.8%
Physician density: N/A
Population below international poverty line: 63%
Life expectancy: 55.4 years
Infant mortality rate: 71.5 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Major exports: Diamonds, copper, gold, cobalt, wood products, crude oil, coffee.
Climate: Tropical; hot and humid in the river basin; cooler and drier in the south; cooler and wetter in the east; rainy season and dry season.
Terrain: Vast central basin is a low-lying plateau; mountains in the east.