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