The first LDS branch was recently organized in Uvira, DR Congo. The Uvira Branch becomes the first LDS branch ever organized in the entire eastern or northern areas of the country. Beginning in 2008, the Church has begun to organize new branches in previously unreached cities such as Gandajika, Kakanda, Kasumbalesa, Kipushi, Matadi, and Mwene-Ditu but with the exception of Matadi all of these cities are located within a day’s drive from a city that already had an LDS congregation. The organization of the new branch in Uvira was made possible by the opening of Burundi to missionary work one year ago and the diligence of local members in the Uvira area to cross the border and frequently attend church services in Bujumbura.
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