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Our Story

How it all started...

In 2003, while on a mission trip to DR Congo, God impressed Samuel Mwangi to work among the Indigenous Bambuti Pygmies in Congo forests. This community had been evicted from the forests with no alternative resettlement. Due to complex logistics, it took Samuel a year before he would meet the pygmy community. Finally, in 2004, he traveled to Katana village on the outskirts of Bukavu city, where he witnessed absolute devastation and misery when he came face to face with the Bambuti pygmies in Congo forests. During this trip, Samuel listened to the Bambuti children who had never been to school, older men who had never changed their clothes, and women whom the militia groups in the forests had raped.

What Samuel thought would be a fun adventure turned out to be a tearful safari. He sobbed to see families worship Tore, a forest god whom pygmies believed supplied animals to hunters. He felt desperate to see the children dying 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. Friends contributed funds to help start a small school in Goma. In 2011, Hope Academy opened its door with 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 1000 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 together with 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 spread the gospel among unreached people groups, including the Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists. Since then, we have undertaken mission trips to Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, 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.

Today, PIPES continues to passionately serve as a beacon of hope to indigenous peoples worldwide. We are excited to see the tremendous growth of our ministry in making disciples, ending poverty, and helping hundreds of people make wealth.

pipes IMPACT

From a humble beginning on October 31, 2011, we have seen God use us to touch the lives of indigenous peoples in Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, and Pakistan, among other countries. We started with a handful of kids in a shanty school in GOMA, Congo, in 2011, growing to over 700 students today. We are now building a second school in Congo to serve needy and vulnerable children on Idjwi Island.

We have supported over 1,000 students who receive quality education and meals and assisted women in starting small businesses. We have responded to disasters by providing food and healthcare to the most vulnerable communities, including supporting Ukraine refugees in Moldova. We continue to facilitate weekly Discipleship Bible studies in six countries.

We have conducted tens of mission trips to share the gospel in Indian villages to the towns of Pakistan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and the jungles of Africa, leading thousands to Christ. Today, the Discipleship Pathway workbook, available in eight languages, helps thousands grow in their faith and become disciple-makers.

By God's grace, we have moved families from beggars to responsible citizens by supporting small businesses, helping with farming techniques, and providing quality seeds.

In the last two years, we have relieved jigger-infested children and their parents from severe pain, allowing them to be productive.

This is only possible because of the generous support we have received from our partners. This has helped us to be the hands and feet of Jesus here on earth. We sincerely thank our partners for their support in the last 11 years.

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