Tuesday, September 7, 2010
A little history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
The D.R.Congo Lubumbashi Mission is the eastern third of the nation. It covers millions of area miles. The Mission Office is located in the city of Lubumashi which sits in the little pan handle on the bottom right. The D.R.Congo Kinshasa Mission is on the western third of the nation. Their Mission Office sits just inside the panhandle on the left. The Gospel of Jesus Christ will be a great blessing to this nation, as it is in any nation that will accept it. We attend branches and wards each week that are strong. The members are great scholars. They study their scriptures very seriously! If you saw their ragged and well used scriptures and then watched how quickly they use them and quote them, you would see that they are setting up a legacy for their own families. They have many children. Their sacrament meetings are taken very seriously even by the children. Most of the youth, including young women, are planning to be missionaries.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo was formerly, in chronological order, the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Congo-Léopoldville, Congo-Kinshasa, and Zaire.
The history of this nation is extremely sad. They are naturally a very peaceful people, non-aggressive. When other nations found of it's wealth in ores, mining, and diamonds in the early 1900s, they exploited the country in evil ways. When the Belgians came into the country under Leopold II, huge groups of native Africans were taken and forced, through terrible acts to be "soldiers" for them. Trust in people generally disintegrated.
Since then, there have been many intertribal wars and they continue.
The Second Congo War, beginning in 1998, devastated the country, involved seven foreign armies and is sometimes referred to as the "African World War". Despite the signing of peace accords in 2003, fighting continues in the east of the country. The war is the world's deadliest conflict since World War II, killing 5.4 million people.
Citizens of the DRC are currently among the poorest in the world, having the second lowest nominal GDP per capita. Yet, they are survivalist! They recycle like no other people. They are not wasteful. They use only what they need. They use it up and wear it out. They love and cherish their families. They are mostly a happy people, especially when they find the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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