Pearl white robes really standout in the Congo. Maybe, it is just the background of dirt, sand, and dust that makes them standout. Or maybe, it is bright and colorful Congolese fabrics that makes them standout.
It is equally astonishing how white stay white in the Congo. No modern detergents or washing machines. No plastic bags for protection.
That's some of the things I think about during those long church services in the sweltering heat when I can understand most of what is being said.
You will not find too many women taking part in worship services in the Congo. It is not a case of male-domination or for religious reasons. It is the result of the high illiteracy among women and girls. As the literacy increases, the number of women participating in church increases, too.
Learning to read and to write will help women to become fully integrated in their churches and in society. Bibles are only produced in major trade languages and international languages. Therefore, girls and women must attend secondary schools.
Only a hand full of women attend seminaries in the protestant religion.
You know that going to church should be a time of learning. You learn scriptures and the stories of the Bible like the Easter story.
As I sat and watched this familar story, I thought about the learning experience for the Congolese children. I have never seen a colt or donkey in the Congo. Domestic animals are plenty much non-existent. So it was a real learning experience for these children.
What should be the Church's priority? "Homosexuality of bishops", "The Information and Communication Technology", or "poverty, corruption and hunger"?
I totally agree with this columnist. It appears that the conservative Anglican leaders think that information and communication technology (ICT) is a new religion is challenging all churches. Specifically, it identified the Internet, mobile phones, iPods, and video games.