Our Story

How it all started...

In 2004, while on a mission trip to DR Congo, Samuel met the indigenous people who had been evicted from the forests by the government. It was a devastating trip to Katana village on the outskirts of Bukavu city. During this trip, Samuel listened to the Bambuti children who had never been to school, older men who had not changed their clothes for months, and women whom the militia groups had repeatedly raped in the forest.

Samuel sobbed when he heard the horrible plight the pygmies were going through. He felt desperate to see the children dying in tiny leaved huts due to malaria and cold and hopeless men who could not provide for their families. Samuel and his team shared the gospel with this community and helped with physical needs.

In 2010, while on a trip to the United States, he shared the plight of this community. Through his friends' contribution, he started a small school in Goma and opened doors for a few kids and one teacher. It was the first time many pygmy children, orphans, and vulnerable children could access education. Today, the ministry supports over 1,000 children in DRC and many more in other countries. PIPES has also resettled and built decent homes for tens of families.
Samuel and Esther Mwangi and Gurry & Jean Chapel founded PIPES International in 2011. Since then, PIPES has continued to make disciples of Jesus Christ and fight poverty in Africa and Asia.

Expanding the vision...

In 2016, PIPES expanded its work to Asia to transform the lives of indigenous and unreached people groups. The first trip was to Karachi, Lahore, and Gujranwala. Since then, we have undertaken mission trips to Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, and South Korea. PIPES has empowered leaders and local communities through training, skill-building, and education to enable them to thrive spiritually and economically and end extreme poverty and suffering.

PIPES International has partnered with local churches in Pakistan to help provide access to education, training on sewing skills, drilling water wells, and evangelism and discipleship.

pipes IMPACT

Find out how PIPES is impacting indigenous communities living in poverty in some of the world's poorest nations.

Since 2011, we've helped transform communities in various spheres of life. PIPES wants to see indigenous and vulnerable communities operating at their full potential.

We are excited to see the tremendous growth of our ministry in making disciples, providing formal education, empowering people to fight poverty, and empowering hundreds of families to attain financial independence.

EDUCATION: Education is a powerful tool for social and economic empowerment. In communities where we support education, we intervene to address the most inhibiting barriers progressively. The most significant barrier in Congo's Mugunga Community (near Goma town) was the lack of a school nearby. We built a school in 2011 whose enrollment has now surpassed 700 children. The children receive formal education from trained local teachers and a meal to support their nutrition needs.

SOCIOECONOMIC EMPOWERNMENT: PIPES International exercises compassion and facilitates those in a place of economic privilege to exercise compassion towards the vulnerable through financial support. We train and equip local leaders and churches with the necessary tools to enable them to take action and transform their communities. We empower and train communities to lift themselves out of poverty and start to create wealth.

DISCIPLESHIP: In our holistic approach to ministry, we acknowledge that the most incredible seed we can plant is God's word, and the greatest hope we can give is the hope of eternal life. We, therefore, share God's love and disciple believers to be rooted in Christ. Every day at PIPES, we see God's hand among the communities we serve. A pygmy child attending school for the first time, a family moving out of poverty, and a non-believer acknowledging Jesus Christ as Lord.

We invite you to help us mobilize churches for ministry and educate future leaders.

In 2022….
  • 1,100 children supported to receive formal education and meals. 
  • 1,000 people reached through emergency response
  • 250 people reached through farming initiatives
  • 50 women empowered through sewing skills as an economic empowerment tool.
  • 100 local churches mobilized to reach their communities

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