Nick and Kym Delport

Nick and Kym DelportNick and Kym joined our Congo team of missionaries in Lubumbashi in June 2009, after seven months of French studies at a language school near Paris.

Kym is the granddaughter of Alfred and Mary Brown, missionaries with CAM (then CEM) in Congo from the 1930s right up to Independence in 1960. Twenty of those years were spent at Lwamba (then Ngoimani) and in neighbouring Mwanza. Kym’s mother, Judith Wall, was born in Congo, later settled in Zimbabwe and often had travelling missionaries to stay. Kym grew up with stories of Congo from her grandmother and an interest in missionary work. Her training is in secretarial work, accounting and support work with deaf people, using British Sign Language.

Nick was born and grew up in Zimbabwe. He trained in telecommunications and engineering, gained experience in different fields and, as a senior engineer, supervised and managed junior members of staff. He married Kym and they had two daughters. In 1988, while the girls were still very young, the family moved to Britain, as Zimbabwe was becoming increasingly unstable.  As the girls grew up, Nick and Kym felt an increasing pull towards missions. They were actively involved in their local church, Elim Christian Centre, Cheltenham, leading home groups, Alpha courses, etc. and Kym also played the keyboard and sang in the worship team. But in February 2007, they applied to work as long-term missionaries with CAM, feeling called to offer their skills to the growing church in Congo. They were accepted as Elim missionaries and seconded to CAM.

In Lubumbashi, Nick and Kym’s arrival had been eagerly awaited. Nick was needed to take on a managerial role at the Living Waters Centre, overseeing buildings, electronics, mechanics, water supplies and communications. Some of his projects include supervising the building of a new missionary house, a conference centre, a footbridge and a water reservoir at Living Waters. Kym took over from David Gaze as Field Treasurer when he and Julie retired in January 2010, after more than 40 years with CAM. The Delports have also taken the people of Lwamba and Lwamba Hospital under their wing, with Kym checking financial procedures used, Nick doing gruelling supply trips in the new lorry (partly funded by the Elim churches in Northern Ireland) and helping build a new paediatric unit there.

In Congo, Nick and Kym always had the aim to empower local people to rise to the challenge of leadership. In all their projects, whether practical or spiritual, the Delports constantly strived to train their Congolese colleagues, encouraging them in their Christian lives and helping them develop their talents, so that they can take on the burden of work in the future.

Nick and Kym finished their full-time work in Congo in December 2013, but they continue helping in different ways.  Kym is presently continuing to keep track of the Congo finances, doing that from UK.