Thursday, December 06, 2007

Zaire - My Home








I was born and raised in Zaire, Africa - now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo - formerly the Belgian Congo. It's a place I love and miss. I am ever so thankful to God for the chance to grow up there. The missionary community was a wonderful place for me. Playing soccer, eating great food, having great friends (from Africa, Europe, and North America), gaining a world view - all wonderful benefits of my time there. I dream of taking my family there some day (I'd shed a lot of tears doing that - and have to hold them back right now just thinking about it). An old MK (missionary kid) friend of mine just went back a year or so ago with a group of people going to for ministry. He sent me 4 CDs of pics and videos he took. I am going to put a few pics on here. I wish I knew how to put captions under them. I could tell hours of stories about the places in each picture. So here are a few pictures of home.

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6 Comments:

At 8:25 AM, Blogger voni said...

Love the log bridge. Do they get cars across it? what would be the possibility of doing a short term missions trip there someday?

 
At 10:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The dorm looks so small now. Is it just me, Tim? I haven't been there since 1994, when it was still a dorm and Mobutu was still rockin' the kleptocracy.

Voni, trucks sure did go across it, often with people, goats barrels, chickens, etc. sitting in the cab and the truck bed.


-Andrew

 
At 11:57 AM, Blogger Tim said...

The dorm does seem small. I sure miss it, though. I'd give a lot to get back there.

 
At 12:05 AM, Blogger Chris said...

Hi - when did you live in Zaire? I was there from 1984-1989, some of the best times of my life (aged 8-13). Went to The American School of Kinshasa (TASOK) and had missionary friends there...

 
At 8:09 PM, Blogger Tim said...

I was born there - 1973 - graduated from high school there - 1991. I was back in 1994 briefly. I went to UBAC - the Ubangi Academy - Northwestern Zaire - at Karawa. Currently, I'm a youth pastor.

 
At 3:04 PM, Anonymous Mark Hansen said...

This is completely and totally random...

I went to UBAC as well...I think we returned in 1989. I was only there for 2nd grade.

2nd pic looks like the reservoir in Karawa we used to go swim at.

Wow, UBAC does look tiny now. I still remember playing with toy cars and planes in the planter outside the boys wing.

Is that 5th picture of the tower in Lac Kwada?

I should find my old UBAC yearbook now.

 

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