Friends! Family! Kingdom Partners! It’s been a while since I last posted a video update, so here’s a couple titbits of the last few months, and some insight into the transition of seasons!
Some interesting facts about the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) that I forgot to mention in the video:
- French pronunciation: République démocratique du Congo, under colonial Belgian rule it was called Zaire.
- DR Congo is the largest country in sub-Saharan Africa, the second largest country in Africa (second to Algeria), and the 11th largest country in the world!
- DR Congo is home to more than 200 ethnic groups, and the estimated population is around 48 million people — that’s 48 million reasons to share the Gospel of the Kingdom!
- Official language: French (a dialect called Belgique)
- Approximately 242 languages are spoken, but only 4 are officially recognized: Lingala, Kikongo, Swahili and Tshiluba
- DR Congo is one of the most mineral rich countries in Africa (which gave rise to the scramble for Africa under colonialism, and continues to be a major area of exploitation from the West) with cobalt, copper and diamonds being amongst the major commodities.
- DR Congo is the country in Africa with the least amount of developed (tar) roads, making it one of the toughest countries to navigate through the wilderness.
thirty is not just a number
Last year, after returning from Zambia, spending a few short days with my family, leading my dad’s funeral, helping to plan my sister’s wedding, getting a visa to the United States, and a whirlwind of other life events that were thrown into the mix, I went to visit my good friend Sanet where the picture on the left was taken. You can read all about those adventures here.
Now I’m a year older (and hopefully wiser) and as determined to share the Good News of the Kingdom with all men from every nation and every tribe and every tongue — for it is the Good News unto Salvation, and its power is eternal.