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Sat. May 1

I value all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity.    – John Wesley

“Remember you to always keep your good name.

It’s the most valuable thing you have. If you lose your good name, it can hurt you for years.

If you keep your good name, I’ll give you a button.”

– Long ago wise words from Mrs. Bessie Gill (quoted by her grandson Alvin Fogelman.)

Congo Africa Notes

I’m part of a 12-person team going to Congo Africa this summer.  I’ll be sharing planning items on this blog.  I’m sharing it openly so blog readers can be praying and be involved.


I’d encourage you to be reading about the areas we’ll visit.

Here’s a starter:

Poisonwood Bible by Barabara Kingsolver.  A novel that tells the story of an American missionary family in the Congo.  Beautifully written, is somewhat cynical about missions/evangelism but worth the read.

You can probably get a cheap used copy at Amazon.

Essential: Go to Lonely Planet.com and order their Swahili Phrasebook.  It’s a pocket-size book that’ll help you with basic Swahili and is an “instant friend maker” when shared.


Hotel Rwanda–  We’ll visit the actual hotel while in Kigali.  It’s a touching story of the human spirit during the Rwandan genocide in 1994.


Get a copy of the song  “Two Weeks in Africa” by Caedmon’s Call

and the CD “The Well” by Caedmon’s Call/   The song “Hands and Feet” by Audio Adrenaline.

Have a great day.

About Curt Iles

I write to have influence and impact through well-told stories of my Louisiana and African sojourn.

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