NewsOct 10, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall
Dr. Denis Mukwege, affectionately called "Dr. Miracle" by his patients, a Christian gynecologist dedicated to the care of rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been awarded a 2018 Nobel Peace Prize along with Nadia Murad, a Yazidi activist and victim of kidnapping and rape by ISIS in Iraq. Both winners were prime examples of “efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war,” the Nobel Committee said.
Dr. Mukwege's faith has a major influence on his approach to care, and he seeks “not only to treat women—their body, [but] also to fight for their own right, to bring them to be autonomous, and, of course, to support them psychologically. And all of this is a process of healing so women can regain their dignity."
According to Christianity Today, Mukwege is the son of a Pentecostal minister, and traveling with his father to pray for the sick inspired him to become a doctor. The hospital Dr. Mukwege founded in 1999, Panzi Hospital, is managed by the Pentecostal Churches in Central Africa (CEPAC).
In a keynote speech for the Lutheran World Federation last year, Dr. Mukwege declared that if Christians do not live out their faith in their communities, “we cannot fulfill the mission entrusted to us by Christ."
Dr. Mukwege also advocates a complementarian Christian understanding of men and women being equal in dignity and worth under God in his speech, saying, “It is up to us, the heirs of Martin Luther, through God’s Word, to exorcise all the macho demons possessing the world so that women who are victims of male barbarity can experience the reign of God in their lives."
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