We are happy to announce that our crusade in Brazzaville, Congo is now scheduled for August 9 - 12, 2018. Thank you so much for your prayers and support. Read the following update from Peter Vandenberg, Executive Vice-President of Christ for all Nations!
“The whole journey has been fraught with difficulties, endless delays, military activity, it’s been quite a journey indeed. And so many of you have been praying for us and praying for the team and that’s been wonderful. Thank you so much, it’s made the world of difference. They have literally gone through things that we would never like to see again, but your prayers have made the difference. So many of you also sent in encouraging messages to us. Thank you, they were really were an encouragement and we sent some of them off to the tech guys out there in the deep forests in West Africa and it really encouraged them to keep on, keep going, because we want to see souls saved in Jesus’ name.
Now the good news is that the trucks, and the technicians, and all of the equipment have arrived safely in Brazzaville, Congo and we are rejoicing. And, of course the crusade dates have had to change because of the delay, so the crusade will be now from the 9th of August to the 12th of August and we ask you to pray for that. Preparations are in full steam right now. People who were disappointed when we couldn’t have it on the scheduled date are now rejoicing. Though the devil has tried so much to block us, we know that this is going to be a great crusade, so thank you for praying for us.
And I also want to remind you that there are expenses still to be met and I know that you, who are so interested and so involved with us, would also like to be a part of that, so I want to encourage you to send your financial gift for the Brazzaville, Congo campaign and the Lord will bless you because all of that money will be used for the salvation of souls and according to the word of God, you too will be blessed for your faithfulness. So thank you so much for standing with us.
On behalf of myself, Daniel Kolenda and the whole Christ for all Nations team, thank you, thank you! And God bless you.”
Brazzaville is the capital of the Republic of Congo, and the country is sometimes called “Congo-Brazzaville” to distinguish it from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Founded by the French empire, the city name derives from the Italian-born explorer, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza.
About half of Congo’s inhabitants identify with the Kongo peoples, whose major subgroups include the Sundi, Kongo, Lali, Kougni, Bembe, Kamba, Dondo, Vili, and Yombe. The Ubangi peoples include the Makoua, Kouyou, Mboshi, Likouala, Ngala, and Bonga. The Teke and the Sanga, or “Gabonese Bantu,” are also divided into subgroups. The Binga Pygmies live in small bands, usually as clients of surrounding farming peoples. Except for the Pygmies and the Adamawa-Ubangi speaking populations in the northeast, the indigenous peoples all speak Bantu languages. Intergroup communication and trade fostered the development of two trade languages, Lingala and Kituba (Mono kutuba). Lingala is spoken north of Brazzaville, and Kituba is common in the area between the capital and the coast. French is the official language and the medium of educational instruction, as well as the language of the upper classes.
Precolonial artistic expression emphasized ceremonial music, dance, sculpture, and oral literature. Christianity and colonialism had a great impact on these art forms. The carving of ritual objects became commercialized, and music and dance altered as a result of the introduction of Western instruments and musical styles. In the 1980s the Brazzaville region became a vital centr for the production of contemporary African music, known as Congolese music or rumba. The genre, which mixes traditional African rhythms and instruments with those borrowed from other cultures, enjoys widespread popularity throughout Africa as well as around the world. Popular sports in Congo include football (soccer), men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s volleyball.
Land and Climate
Brazzaville is located on the north side of the Congo River and is a relatively flat town. It sits just 315 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean and nearly 300 miles south of the equator. The average temperatures in June average a high of 28 °C (83°F) and a low of 19°C (67 °F). Brazzaville has a tropical wet and dry climate. The rainy season is October to May, and the driest months are July and August.
Conveniently located on the Congo River, Brazzaville grew as an industrial, trading and port settlement, in part due to the accumulation of raw materials extracted during the colonial period. Industries present in Brazzaville include machine shops, textiles, tanning, and manufacturing. As a key port on the Congo River, the city takes deliveries of raw materials, such as rubber, wood and agricultural products. From here they are generally sent onward to Pointe-Noire for export.