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ISBN: 9781783681747
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 5
Publication Date: 28/02/2017
Pages: 90
Language: English


God’s Servant in Congo


The Democratic Republic of Congo is a country ravaged by two civil wars, tribalism, nepotism and the undeniable hardship of daily life. This is the context of the life and ministry of Bishop Muhindo Isesomo and this book tells the remarkable story of his humble, yet bold proclamation of the Good News of Jesus in the jungles of eastern Congo.

Born into a life of loincloths, Isesomo, in the midst of a hedonistic and wild youth had a radical conversion to Christ that set him on a path of sharing the gospel at every opportunity and transforming the lives of those God put in front of him. Without ever seeking higher office or power, but serving with integrity and faithfulness, he was consecrated as Bishop of North Kivu and entrusted with unifying a diocese that had seen years of social and political unrest.

Based on extensive interviews and research, Joshua Maule masterfully tells this true story of a modern hero of the faith. Isesomo continues to declare God’s glory to all who will listen; may this book encourage others to follow his example.

Author Bios

Joshua Maule

JOSHUA MAULE studied Divinity at Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia and is now an assistant minister at Jannali Anglican Church in the southern suburbs of Sydney. He is married to Sara and has previously worked as a journalist, mainly for Christian publications, including Eternity newspaper in Australia. He is the co-writer of Jesus in Congo, a documentary which explores the impact of Christian faith in Congo, available for free online at


For a society and a church addicted to comfort and afraid to love, this story of courage and grace is a welcome antidote. Joshua Maule deals impartially and deftly with events that are both confronting and chaotic. From a country sadly synonymous with bad news comes a challenging and inspiring story. Like his Master, Isesomo is bright and salty.

Michael Collie
National Director,
SparkLit, Australia

In this biography, Joshua Maule has written a significant account of one man’s conversion and ministry. This book traces how a young man with an unlikely background, became a follower of Christ and the national head of evangelism for the Anglican Church in DR Congo. In recounting the dramatic transformation of Isesomo’s life and character, Maule’s work bears testimony to the power of God to change lives. Isesomo: God’s Servant in Congo is an engaging portrayal of an inspiring leader whose life has impacted many in Africa and beyond. I commend it to you.

Malcolm Richards
General Secretary,
CMS New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory

Josh Maule’s admiration for Bishop Isesomo has prompted this engaging story of his life so far. In it we view a humble, affable man preaching Jesus Christ, through war, poverty, controversy and hardship. We also gain insights into the challenges of Christian leadership in DR Congo.

Emma Wild-Wood
Lecturer in World Christianities,
University of Cambridge

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Introduction
  3. 1 - Into the Fray
  4. 2 - Yesu azali awa na biso (Jesus Is Here with Us)
  5. 3 - New Births for Butembo
  6. 4 - Missionaries, Bishops and Bombs
  7. 5 - Evangelism and Peacemaking
  8. 6 - War
  9. 7 - Neutral No Longer
  10. 8 - A Church in Crisis
  11. 9 - Bishop’s School
  12. 10 - Are You Part of the Problem, or the Solution?
  13. 11 - New Clothes, Same Man
  14. Afterword

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