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Sunset Boat

After an arduous 13-hour boat ride returning from Moba to Kalemie, a missionary spends the night resting on a concrete floor, with nothing more than a bamboo mat and his backpack as a pillow. The sun rises as the boatmen unload supplies.

Header image for “In memoriam: Emeritus missionary Carlos Owens, 88”

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Village Portrait

A missionary returns on a boat from the southern Congolese port city of Moba back to Kalemie, stopping at a Taabwa village along the way to talk with villagers.

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Man and the Wall

A man stands against a school building scarred by more than a decade of war. The DRC has been plagued by conflict for more than a century, the most recent the result of a civil war that has killed more than 4 million people in the country.

Header image for “I Want to Be a Missionary but My Church Won’t Send Me. What Now?”

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Crammed Boat

A missionary joined over 200 other passengers on the rusted vessel that took them through the night on a 10-hour ride to the southern port city on Lake Tanganyika.

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Children Dancing

Children of a local church in Kigoma, Tanzania make music and dance in an alleyway.

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Congo Church

A church building in a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Journaling

A Christian worker journals about his experience

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Beating the Drum

Children of a local church in Kigoma, Tanzania make music and dance in an alleyway.

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Dancing Together

Children of a local church in Kigoma, Tanzania make music and dance in an alleyway.

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Children Dancing

Children of a local church in Kigoma, Tanzania make music and dance in an alleyway.

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Drum Beating

Children of a local church in Kigoma, Tanzania make music and dance in an alleyway.

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Blue Boat

Riding on a boat from Kigoma, Tanzania to Kalemie, D.R. of Congo, a 13 hour boat ride across the historic Lake Tanganyika, talking with the boat drivers as they steer the boat and bail leaking water.

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Looking Out

A Christian worker waits on the shore of Lake Tanganyika as the boat arrives in the morning to transport him 13 hours across the lake into the Congo.

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On the Water

Riding on a boat from Kigoma, Tanzania to Kalemie, D.R. of Congo, a 13 hour boat ride across the historic Lake Tanganyika, talking with the boat drivers as they steer the boat and bail leaking water.

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Water in Africa

Riding on a boat from Kigoma, Tanzania to Kalemie, D.R. of Congo, a 13 hour boat ride across the historic Lake Tanganyika, talking with the boat drivers as they steer the boat and bail leaking water.

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Mending the Boat

Riding on a boat from Kigoma, Tanzania to Kalemie, D.R. of Congo, a 13 hour boat ride across the historic Lake Tanganyika, talking with the boat drivers as they steer the boat and bail leaking water.

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End of the Journey

At the end of a 13-hour journey across Lake Tanganyika, the boat driver rests in the dim light of the port where everyone must wait on the boat until customs officials arrive the next morning.

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Dusty Road

Scenic pictures of the landscape on the eastern edge of the D.R. of Congo.

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Shoreside Village

Riding on the boat from Kigoma, Tanzania to Kalemie, D.R. of Congo, passing the first spotted villages of the Taabwa people.

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Big Smile

Village children fill the frame during a journey beyond the shore of Lake Tanganyika on the 1st day after arrival in the D.R. of Congo.

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