Posts under ‘Reflection’

Injustice = Lost Productivity

These two are intractably linked here in Congo.  The ongoing story of W clearly illustrates the connection.

About two months ago W was arrested, allegedly for allowing or helping a prisoner at the military prison get out and go to …

The Importance of Presence

We are so grateful you came to see us again.” said Tebisa, a woman in Fangak.  “I remember your first visit when you stayed with the commissioner [in 2009].  Only James [Tang] has come back before, but now you

Racial Reconciliation or Racial Righteousness?

“Reconciliation means to bring back together again in love and friendship” said Peter Sjobloom, facilitator of the abbreviated Invitation to Racial Righteousness I participated in recently.  This is Webster’s definition of reconciliation.  Sjobloom then asked, “Is that really what we …

Visit to Rwandan genocide memorials

“Over 10,000 people were killed in and around this church,” said Anita as she gave us the tour of the Nyamata genocide memorial.

Nyamata is the Catholic Church some 30 minutes from Kigali where the genocide started. Anita was 12 …

Dad lived out Gal 2:22-23


My brother Don posted the following reflections about Dad on facebook.  I decided to copy them here to share them with more people. They are a wonderful description of who he was.  Thanks Don.

An example to follow:
On …

Web Ekstrand: Found Faithful

Steve Green wrote a song entitled “Find Us Faithful.” The refrain goes:

May all who come behind us find us faithful;
May the fire of our devotion light their way.
May the footprints that we leave, lead them to believe.…

“COURAGEOUS” impacts Congolese

“This movie has spoken to my heart,” said one pastor after watching the movie “COURAGEOUS” at our house Monday night.  He went on to share that he has been estranged from one of his daughters and has not spoken to …

Wasting time with God?

Do you ever feel like you’ve wasted time? I sometimes do. And what is “wasting time?” For me I think it is time I spend on activities that are not productive towards checking off the items I put on my …

Insightful analyses about Congo

The following are links to several recent blogs/op-ed pieces about Congo and the issues it faces with the current elections. I recommend them for your reading and understanding of the country.

Congo’s crucial crossroads

Beyond Elections in the Congo


1 + 1 + 1 = 1

Really?  That doesn’t make sense.  Maybe not normally, but in Congo this month it does.  To return after our US vacation we fly commercial from Kinshasa to Gemena.  So we bought a ticket on Hewa Bora airlines only to have …

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