thirty is not just a number

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:

The Democratic Republic of Congo is located in the heart of Africa, and most importantly, in the heart of God!
  • 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 peoplethat’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

“See I have given you this land. Go and take possession of the land that the Lord swore he would give to your fathers — to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob — and to their descendants after them.” — Deuteronomy 1:8

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.


November 2019 vs November 2020 — same shirt, same hat, same me — same goal: running as hard as I can after the Kingdom

T H A N K Y O U !

to each ministry partner who shares in these faith-adventures with me — your generosity in prayers, finances, time, and resources, are an extension of the Kingdom to DRC and beyond!

to give towards ministry in DRC, use Cornelia 3282 in the memo/description
Catch this episode of Gospel & Grit where Austin speaks about being young and zealous

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