Monthly Archives: September 2009

Reflections As We Leave DR Congo and Burundi

Images of our time in DR Congo and Burundi keep popping into my mind as we spend a day of travel on our way to Madagascar.  These images are powerfully imprinted because they are so emotional, or comical, that I … Continue reading

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War-Time Wedding in the Congo

Steven, our Congolese team leader, met his wife, Angel, while they were both fleeing from their hometowns during the war of 1998.  The idea was to find a village where the rebels had already passed through: pillaging, killing, raping, and decimating. … Continue reading

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Summoned by Congo’s Central Intelligence Office

We had been in the Congo for about four hours when the phone call came to one of the conference coordinators. “We want to see the visitors in our office right away.” The message was relayed to us, “Our head … Continue reading

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Poverty

Poverty What does it mean to be without?  I wanted to buy a few things before I left home.  Funny, now I can’t even remember what they were or what I wanted them for.  They seem pretty insignificant now.  We … Continue reading

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Traveling Along Through Africa

Coming into Bejumbura, Burundi last week all I could see was miles of desert plains.  Even flying in, I could feel the dirt, dust, and poverty from high above the region…with all the tin roofs and small shed buildings on … Continue reading

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Great Experiences! No Time for Writing Yet!

Sidenote: pictured above with me is NOT a child.  This is 20-year-old David from one of the Pygmy tribes in the Congo.  Yes, he is 20 years old; he is completing his high school education this year with plans to … Continue reading

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Border Crossing

We made it through! What an adventure! Stephen, Justin, Roger and I, along with our driver, all piled into a taxi (the size of a small subaru station wagon) with all of our things and drove from Buja Town, they … Continue reading

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