The dark continent calls

Driving from Rwanda into Congo is like reading two tales of one border, as a colleague noted. Just in crossing it’s obvious one is leaving one world and entering another.   I first met the people of Congo in a university history course while reading Joseph Conrad’s novel The Heart of Darkness. In the story a white man tells … Continue reading

Famine, War and Hope

Three years ago Missionary Aviation (MAF) flew us from Uganda onto a dirt landing strip in Yei South Sudan, a wind blown village bravely holding onto life. For four days with 90 chiefs, elders and government ministers we endeavored to broker a peace. These weren’t enemies because of religion but were fighting and killing each … Continue reading

A surprising life cycle

If you are looking for a place to spend winter other than in Arizona or Florida, consider Rwanda. This land of a thousand valleys and countless hills is prettier than a postcard. Rwanda may resonate in your memory because of the 1994 genocide and that, of course, is an awful paradox. Why would this land-locked … Continue reading

Kenya, a petri dish for Evangelicals in public service

The Academy Award winning Out of Africa, with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, gives visual cadence to the beauty of the majestic landscape of East Africa. While too slow in pace, its cinematography captures what is so beguiling about that land. One cannot wander in a four-wheeled drive across its mara mashe grass- lands – … Continue reading

The “house church” phenomenon

My host touched the ‘down’ button in the elevator of a high-rise apartment. Its door opened and we stepped out into underground parking.  We maneuvered around cars and crates in the musty and dark basement. Then to my surprise, I saw through an ajar door a red cross with children’s toys scattered about. The pastor welcomed … Continue reading