I'll include some highlights of our time in Bas Congo. We spent Monday at Kimpese where my brother Glen was born in 1959. We stayed at IME Guest House where the Hospital is located. The Sunsets were amazing and some women invited us to their exercise class on the campus there. On Monday morning I met with Wendy and 2 Congolese Pastors, one who directs the school at Kimpese and another who serves a church with her husband. It was a very helpful time as we shared our similar stories and also the challenges that we face. They knew their Bible so well and taught me some things !
We had dinner at Kapita's home in Kimpese. He was the cook for my family when they lived at Nsona Mpangu. He has no electricity , but prepared an amazing Congolese meal that we shared by kerosene lamp. He has an incredible personality and he and Charlie had a great time teasing each other. He treated Charlie like the little boy he knew back in the 60's. As Charlie's little sister it was fun to experience Charlie being the one on the receiving end of the teasing!
On Tuesday we
traveled to the Mission Station at Nsona Mpangu where my parents spent most of their time as Missionaries. My Dad directed the Secondary School there. The road to get there was horrible, 35 km and it took us 90 minutes. It was sad to see the condition of the home where my family had lived, but again the Congolese were so gracious and kind to us.
We spent the night at Matadi, a major port city and also home to Midema, a flour mill that is owned by the same company my sister Jeanne works for in Kansas City. Jeanne had arranged for a tour for us so you'll lsee some photos of that journey. We also went to a new clinic which is opening for the Midema employees. We traveled back to Kinshasa from Matadi, a long and bumpy journey! The title of my blog is a quote from an American Missionary here that amused me much. For sure life in America bores in comparison to the daily challenges of life here.
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