Church History

Maman KahindoIn 2000, a group of Congolese people gathered together to form what is called now ACCCSC.
Since its creation, ACCC has grown from a mere 8 people when only homes by members were being used for gathering to more than 100 as of today. We have around 60 members attending our Sunday service regularly.

For the past 20 years, we have been moving around in the Los Angeles area as circumstances dictate. In total, we have used six places for our services: First using our homes as mentioned above, then in 2001, we were blessed with a place in El Segundo where we could organize our activities without paying rent for a limited time.

Two years later in 2003, we moved to Los Angeles, in the downtown area on Albany St, a place we had to pay a rent that reached 1800 dollars a month by the time we left in April 2016 to move in on Crenshaw Boulevard, in Los Angeles.
This new place, however, proved to be very challenging to hold as several inconveniences rendered the church development almost impossible; inevitably, we decided to move to Long Beach in Dec 2017, our 5th location, but then in October 2019, we moved back to Los Angeles, again on Albany Street, our sixth moving action.  Our first service on Albany Street was held on Oct 20, 2019.

While moving around worked in some way, it will hurt the organization, we noticed, as it creates a climate of uncertainty, stagnation, and instability. Furthermore, this lack of stability will undoubtedly translate into low attendance at church as time goes by.

Indeed, while some members will be happy the new place works better for them as they will drive less, some others will pay a heavy price with the distance increase. As you can imagine, repeating this iteration would ultimately lead to leaving some people behind.

Who are its members?

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The organization is mainly constituted of people from a variety of backgrounds, but a majority comes from African countries, these include but not limited to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Togo, Benin, Ivory Coast.

While a few of the members have been living in the US for 15 years or more, the time span average for the majority is 7 years. And as noted above in History, moving around from one location to another has another unintended consequence: A deficiency on a member-core old enough to financially support the organization.

When newcomers will join our church, they may be very active for some time, but as they look to establish their footing in the new land, they may easily re-locate to other geographic areas with no regard for the connection ACCC already established with them.

The church ends up with a base constituted for the most part of members too young in terms of years in the US; hence the need for us to buy our own property as explained in goal as explained in the bendele page and create a retention mechanism for a long-term solution.

All things equal otherwise, our services are in French and English, but the common denominator is the French language. Also, from time to time, we translate service in Lingala, which is a language spoken in Congo, Kinshasa to accommodate some audience that cannot speak French or English.


Our Mission

To think right means to speak right and to do right.—ACCC

Beyond fulfilling our traditional mission of sharing Jesus Christ’s message of love and salvation to needy communities of Southern California, our organization is deeply engaged in social programs to better connect with the community we serve as we strive to apply love for one another. Love indeed is caring in action.

In accordance with this spirit, the following are the 3 main areas we focus on: Career Orientation, leadership, and Financial Assistance.

(a). Working with arriving immigrants to provide them with Career Orientation, and/or temporary shelter
(b). Educating children and youth to develop their potential so they may become leaders of our communities.
(c). Helping single-mothers, widows in need, and members with special circumstances with small financial assistance in terms of loans or grants as means permit.

Membership to our organization is not a prerequisite to receiving any service or help. So long we are in the capacity to do so, we will step in and help.

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