Pastoral Students in Congo Glimpse God’s Provision

Almost every rural pastor in Congo has a second or third job to make ends meet. Rural parishes are not known for providing a living wage for their pastors. Family fields, gardens, livestock and fishponds put food on the table and pay for health care and school fees....

School Fees Burden Congolese Families in Poverty

I’m in a Congolese city called Butembo for a bit, continuing my research on the role local organizations play in providing public goods in fragile states. The work is going fine. For the first time ever, I’m no longer a grad student and I have research...

Jesus’ Most Distressing Disguise

“Donne-moi.” (Give me). “Kusaidia” (Help.) I hear these two phrases a dozen or more times a day in the Democratic Republic of Congo. “Mzungu, donne-moi cinq cent francs.” Give me a dollar. “Kusaidia, Mama.” Help me,...

Prayer for Henri

I was going to write today about the long and funny boat ride from Goma yesterday, about arriving in Bukavu, about how much nicer everything is in a place that hasn’t had a volcano go down its main street. I want to tell you about how beautiful it is here, how...

World Tragedies Fail to Keep Attention of the West

Those of us north of the equator and in the western hemisphere tend to “chase the ambulance” after a disaster. But we soon switch our attention as the media draw us elsewhere. On Jan. 18, Mt. Nyiragongo—on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo...