Christian Missionaries

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Christian Missionaries “My father, of course, was bringing the Word of God- which fortunately weighs nothing at all.” (Kingsolver 19) Missionaries from all faiths have traveled all over the world in attempts to show other peoples their ways. Christian missionaries in particular have struggled in their efforts to convert indigenous people. Simply bringing the Word of God, as Nathan Price does in The Poisonwood Bible, was and is not possible. With a conversion of faith comes an adoption of customs, morals, lifestyles, and even political views. Even though young Leah Price says that the Word of God weighed nothing, it was actually the heaviest burden the Price family carried with them on their journey. Every missionary who has brought the Word of God to the Congo region has been faced with many more challenges than they could have ever imagined. The Poisonwood Bible provides a glimpse into each of the complex situations that are created due to missionary work in the Congo. It is the turning point for religious work in the nation and depicts the ongoing struggle between the Congo and the rest of the world. However, to fully understand the impact of missionary work in the Congo, the beginning as well as the future of this movement most also be examined. The Congolese are a people who are rich in culture, very bright, and extremely diverse. For a long time, they were also regarded as being among the richest in natural resources until other countries exploited them. Africans in general had no need for prejudice, even when engaged in trade with other tribes or countries. Their practice of enslavement was merely a way to win a war or conflict. They treated slaves humanely. However, there was a great deal of m... ... middle of paper ... ...ze that the Congo had always been a bright nation on its own terms. Now, missionaries, not only in the Congo, but everywhere, are faced with the challenge to “walk forward into the light” with the people to which they are bringing the Word of God. Bibliography: RESOURCES CONSULTED Democratic Republic of the Congo Consular Information. US Department of the State, September 14, 1999. Kingsolver, Barbara. The Poisonwood Bible. Harper Collins, New York, NY: 1998. Missionary House Bombed. Independent Catholic News, Vol 2. 9 June 1997. Myers Harrison, Eugene. A Light In The Congo Darkness. Scripture Press, Fairfax, VA: 1954. Presentation by Dr. Nkuzi Nnam, 31 October 2000. The International Ministries Website. http://www.internationalministries.org The New American Bible. Devore & Sons, Witchita, Kansas: 2000.
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