Kinshasa second day
Trip Start Sep 15, 2011
26Trip End Oct 21, 2011
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As we wound up this first session, I passed along to Jacob some money that a member in Missouri had given me for just such a purpose. I ask Jacob to take the men out and buy them French Bibles as well as cases to protect them and keep them clean. I also asked him to buy them each a notebook so they can take notes as they study. We take that for granted in the West, but even having writing paper and pens to use is not a given here. They left together to buy the Bibles, so the young men could continue studying. I asked Jacob and Justin to come back in mid-afternoon so we could continue our discussions.
For lunch I had a local dish: chicken in peanut sauce served with fried bananas and rice. Peanuts are an important source of protein in many parts of Africa, so various meats in a peanut sauce is a common dish. It takes a little getting used to, since it always first reminds me of chicken with peanut butter on it, but if it’s prepare well which this dish was, it’s quite good.
Jacob and Justin arrived back around 16:00. As we began talking I asked if they had seen the monkeys in the pen in the front of the hotel.
We talked about the organization of the Feast of Tabernacles, and regular Sabbath services, as well as the state of the registration process for the Congolese association. We talked about how the gospel could effectively be preached here. They told me that that it is still difficult and prohibitively expensive for most people to spend time on the Internet, and that printed publications, public Bible lectures and possibly announcements on the radio would be more effective for more people in spreading the good news of the Kingdom of God.
Then I brought my laptop to the lobby of the hotel where I could connect to the Wi-Fi network and showed and explained to them the features offered on our church websites both in French and English. It’s good for them to know what’s there even if they can’t make frequent use of it as yet.
By this time it was starting to get dark outside, so I wrapped things up so they could get home before dark. It’s not too dangerous in the center of Kinshasa they told me, but on the outskirts of town there are roaming gangs of teens armed with machetes that rob people of everything they have. “If you joke around with them, they cut you, maybe an arm off” Jacob said. And in other parts of town there are uniformed policemen or soldiers armed with rifles who rob people. “They clean people out completely, poor people!” Justin said with indignation. That’s the sad state of much of the world: the strong preying on those who can’t defend themselves. I expressed to them that when we see how mean and evil things can be in this world, it’s very encouraging to know something much better is coming, to which they readily agreed. That’s why we do what we do.
Tonight I’ll finish getting my weekly member letter ready for the French-speaking region and put together the mailing of translated elements from the weekly announcement bulletin from our central administration, (that doesn’t really have a physical center yet!). Tomorrow will, without doubt, be another very busy day.