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Jay | Susan | Alex | Beth | Samantha
May 30, 2011 8:06 am
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Nyamibungu and Kamituga are towns in DR Congo where we’re going to pick up some Norwegian missionaries.  The discussion of the names in the hangar the other day was very amusing with several of us tripping over the pronunciation, confusing the two of them and mixing other places in… “We’re going from Entebbe to Bukavu to Nyamibungu, shuttle to Bukavu and then out to Kigali…” Say all that in one breath and with a straight face. I dare you.

The area around Nyamibungu is a mining area. It’s also infested with the Mai Mai and the Interahamwe, two gangs of thugs remainging from the wars in Congo and the Rwandan genocide, respectively.  One mission group we work with has been waiting for some months to get some sawmills set up in that area, but has been unable to move the equipment out of Bukavu due to insecurity in the area, primarily due to those two groups.

Which leads me to the conclusion that in general Congo is depressing. They have everything they need to be prosperous…lots of people, lots of resources, plenty of space and fertile ground for crops.  But they are cursed with a disfunctional government, tribalism, and animism.

It seems impossible. And in fact is impossible, with solely human resources. Only in Christ, the Prince of peace, is there an answer big enough for the problems of Congo.  Only He can change the hearts of government officials so that they enforce and follow law rather than fill their own pockets, only He can turn the Interahamwe and Mai Mai from violence, only He can free the people from their beliefs in spirits and ancestor worship and the curse of tribalism (read racism).  Matthew 9:36-38 “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.  Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.  Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”  Congo needs those workers.

 

One Response to “Nyamibungu, Kamituga, and other strange names”

  1. Freddy Kaseke Says:

    Hi!

    I’m from Kamituga but living in Pretoria.
    Thank you for being there and seeing for your self
    Please pray for my country!

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