Drum Beat of the Congo

U.S. non governmental organization Jewish Worldwatch is calling on the US government to impose sanctions on the current Congo adminstration for dragging its feet on presidential election preparations.

U.S. non governmental organization Jewish Worldwatch is calling on the US government to impose sanctions on the current Congo administration for dragging its feet on presidential election preparations.

As many of you know, one of the writers of the “Erasing Borders” blogs, Doug Smith, spent two years as a Global Ministries “Fraternal Worker” in the Congo (Kinshasa).  While that was more than forty years ago, Doug has kept in touch and followed events in Congo since then, especially after a summer long return visit in 2010.

In view of the importance of the Presidential election mandated by the nation’s constitution this year, I plan to resume publishing reports and commentary on developments in Congo church and society at the blog https://lokoleyacongo.wordpress.com.  Yesterday, my first blog in nearly four years was published at the site under the title “The March of the Christians”.  The blog name refers to the “talking drum of the Congo” or “lokoleyaCongo” – as named by one of the many native Congo languages – that is heard still in Mbandaka,  capital of Equateur Province and headquarters of the Disciples of Christ of Congo.

We hope that some of you who have read “Erasing Borders” from time to time will want to check in on “lokoleyacongo”.  Those who do will sometimes find references to our experience in Mexico or mention of new developments there as they parallel or help shed light on what is going on in Africa.  This was the case yesterday as a comparison was made between the Pope’s prophetic critique of “elites” in Mexico this week and his pronouncements during his visits in Africa, but not Congo!, last November.

The archives of “Erasing Borders” can be read in the future at this address.  Perhaps some of the contents will be helpful to those who plan visits in Mexico or seek better understanding and deeper appreciation of the culture of neighbors in the U.S.  We are grateful to Word Press for its help in our writings and for preserving them here.  A Dios sea la honra y la gloria!

 

About erasingborders

The blog title harks back to an ancient Church history document, The Address to the Emperor Diognetus reporting on the lives of third century Christians in Asia Minor: “They live in their native lands but like foreigners…They take part in everything like citizens and endure everything like aliens. Every foreign country is their native land and every native land a foreign country…. They remain on earth but they are citizens of heaven.” Kate Moyer's wedding present to Doug Smith of a dancing jester figure bore the quote, “I like geography best, he said, because your mountains and rivers know the secret. Pay no attention to boundaries.” They dedicate this blog then to helping bring about the day when human beings share the resources of the planet equitably and without borders. Our geography experience features childhoods in the Midwest. Kate lived for over twenty years as an adult in the small town of Neodesha, Kansas while Doug has been an urban dweller all his adult life. She is able to readily identify most crops and keeps a close watch on her partner’s snob tendencies. The Nile Valley of Egypt, for Kate, and the Congo rainforest for Doug have left deep marks on their interior landscapes.

Posted on February 17, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks Doug. I enjoy reading your posts and blogs. Hope all is well.

  2. Thanks so much Ellen for your interest and
    encouragment.

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