Associate Professor of the History of Christianity
Christian Theological Seminary
This essay explores the ways in which two Stone-Campbell missions navigated the coming of political independence in the Belgian Congo. Though neither mission was fully prepared for the transition to independence, both carried on faithful work among and with Congolese Christians amidst significant political and social unrest. The different ways in which they navigated the transition were shaped by their respective approaches to education, their theologies of mission, and even the geography of the Congo.