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Top 10 Things To Put Your Money On In Kinshasa

10 December, 2009

$1 says he won’t get out of your way if you honk.

$2 says your bag will get searched when we go through the airport

$3 says that church speaks in tongues

$4 says no one in a 100m radius speaks English

$5 says there are more pharmacies than white people on this block

$6 says Kimbangu is more widely respected here than Jesus is in America

$7 says that pothole is deeper than it looks

$8 says you’ll pay more for that than a Congolese person will

$9 says that policeman will stop you if he sees you

$10 says this coffee shop doesn’t have wireless internet

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ricky Rondo permalink
    10 December, 2009 18:16

    Good to see you posting again! Kinda random question but what do you think about Kimbanguism? Is it legit or not?

    • 11 December, 2009 01:13

      Kimbanguism in theory I think is much different than what it is in practice. Everyone we’ve met that claims Kimbanguism claims that Jesus came for the white man only, and that the Kimbangu (who may not even have been a real person) died and rose again for the black man. Most Kimbanguists think that it is a world-religion and that it is prominent among African-Americans too. They don’t believe a Congolese person can be saved by Jesus, only Kimbangu.
      There are rumors that there is a sect of Kimbanguism that has moved back to legitimate Christianity, but I haven’t met any of them. Its kinda like Rasta, in that they are close to Christianity, but they are lacking Jesus, and since that’s kinda the main thing, we can say confidently that they are not believers. But they probably get a lot of support from the Universalism movement seeing as they are so similar to Christianity, just with no Jesus. Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life, and no one comes to the Father except though me” though, so we have to take Him at His word.

  2. naomikk permalink
    10 December, 2009 22:54

    so. i have discovered that the upside of my being asian is that I do NOT have to pay more than a local would have to pay. thought you’d enjoy that happy thought.

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