Congo Republic of Congo is west of the Congo DRC, which it is often confused.  During its Marxist-Leninist period of 1968-1991, the youth were heavily indoctrinated against religion.  Eighteen denominations were banned and some missions expelled.  All restrictions were removed in 1992.  But as a result, not many churches have been built and the people are not trained or educated in Christianity.  Though most profess to be Christian, much of it is actually a thin veneer over traditional African religion (or animists, where everything has a spirit). Bible translation is an ongoing challenge with all the different languages.  Pray for missionaries, tools and resources to allow the people to learn true Christianity and lift the veil of darkness and deceit.
Congo Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire, contains most of the Congo River system and the Central African rainforest.  It is rich in diamonds, mineral resources, diverse flora, and has enough hydro-electric potential to power the entire continent.  But the corrupt government, frequent wars, and severe restrictions on religion have made it one of the poorest countries in the world. Since their religious independence in 1980, there have been a proliferation of new churches and revivals, and many social, health and education services are now maintained by Christian groups instead of the government.  The church has emerged as the only viable national structure to endure the earlier collapse of the country.  It was able to plug the gap left by […]

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Sue McCusker is a writer, teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life and hope she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study. Her passion is connecting technology with faith to produce good.