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Missionary doctor visits Michigan

Pierre Manya, missionary to Ivory Coast

Churches in Michigan support the ministry of missionary Pierre Manya. He will be in the state to talk about his new medical ministry July 23-29. 

Jackie Euper, Secretary of Global Ministries for The Michigan Conference, invites persons to meet, greet, and hear the story of medical ministry in Africa from Dr. Pierre Manya.

Pierre Diamba Manya, MD, is a missionary with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, currently serving in health and medical services for the UMC in the Ivory Coast, West Africa.. Previously he served in the Democratic Republic of Congo 2007 – 2017. A gynecologist and surgeon, he has been in medical mission since 1984. The goal of all his work is to save and prolong lives.

“I perceive my work as a ministry,” he says. “Physical healing was a key part of Jesus’ ministry. He wanted people to be whole and sound in body, mind, and spirit. The Bible tells us in Matthew 9:35 that Jesus traveled around through all the cities and villages, teaching, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing people of every sort of illness. So, when I treat people, or do surgery, it is God who helps to heal them. When they are healed, they thank God and sing songs of praise and become followers of Jesus Christ. It is a way of evangelization.”

Dr. Manya was born in Ndju in eastern Kasai Province of the DRC. Following secondary school, he received his Preparatory Certificate in Sciences at Bukavu in 1975. In 1983 he graduated from the University of Kinshasa as a doctor of medicine and surgeon, with a specialty in gynecology and obstetrics.

Dr. Manya is married to Pauline Ohandjo Manya, a nurse and secondary-school English teacher. They have six children, three boys and three girls.

Dr. Manya begins his visits to congregations in Michigan on Tuesday, July 23 and completes his itineration on July 29. Here are the stops along his route, including two open dates that churches may still schedule a visit: 

  • Tuesday, July 23 — Dixboro UMC
  • Thursday, July 25 — Wagarville UMC
  • Friday, July 26 — open for scheduling
  • Saturday, July 27 — open for scheduling
  • Sunday, July 28 — Detroit Second Grace

Click here for a pdf showing full details of Dr. Manya’s swing through the state.

Contact Jackie Euper with questions or to schedule a time with Dr. Manya on July 26 or July 27. Her phone 810-441-7624.   

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