In 2005, Desmond Bell, a pastor of the Door Christian Fellowship Church in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, contacted the Lighthouse Medical Mission Teams with an urgent plea. The government had issued a new ruling. Non-profit, religious organizations working in the Congo were required to provide social services to the community in order to maintain their legal status
in the country.
Pastor Bell, a friend whom many members of the Lighthouse Medical Mission Teams had met both in Sierra Leone and in the United States, needed help. He suggested that a medical team would meet this need. In May of 2006, a small team of 10 individuals traveled to Lumbumbashi, a city located in the southern portion of the Congo.
The medical team was a great success! Hundreds of people were medically served while warm relations were established with several of the local government authorities.