Posted by: Don Linnen | 31 August 2012

Totally Hopeless – Or Not

It is easy to be discouraged. There are people in places that I cannot imagine living. Somehow they get by. Maybe they just survive.

The really bad places in the United States are easily better than many places outside our borders. The Congo is one of those distant places.

The Congo, a former Belgian colony, renamed “Zaire” five years after it gained independence, then in 1997 renamed “The Democratic Republic of the Congo” (DRC) is a failed state.

FP Magazine annually rates the 60 worst countries in the world. Being number one is not a good thing.  In 2012, North Korea is number 22. Haiti is number 7; Afghanistan, number 6. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is number 2, surpassed only by Somalia.

The Congo is racked by poverty, disease, corruption, warfare, and pretty much every hopeless condition known or created by man. It’s the last place you expect beauty, peace, teamwork, and hope.

Earlier this year the CBS program, 60 Minutes, reported on a small group of people in Kinshasa, the capital of DRC.  They are members of the Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra.  They create amazing music.

In a totally hopeless country, they are creating beauty, peace, teamwork, and hope.  Again I’m reminded of Romans 5: 3-4 – “suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

Delve into the 60 Minutes story. Prepare to be inspired.  Watch for the smile. 


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