Congo Elections

Bud Kroeker in Kinshasa Report N° 5 Kinshasa, Tuesday evening, November 29 Dear Friends, It is time to send off news of what is taking place before I get caught up in the work tomorrow. I didn’t write Sunday because my Vodaphone subscription ended on Nov. 27, one month after I purchased it. So I […]

Congo Elections

Bud Kroeker in Kinshasa Report N° 4 Saturday, November 26, 2011 On Thanksgiving Day good news arrived. The UNDP (United Nations Developement Program) will pay $5 for each observer. They are sending kits to the provinces by cargo plane. This  really an answer to prayer. We are up to about 10 500 names. We can […]

Bud Kroeker in Kinshasa

A LETTER FROM GRAMPA Dear Family, Kinshasa is actually a beautiful city on the banks of one of the world’s greatest rivers. We show so much of the filth, difficulties and lack of maintenance that one doesn’t  appreciate how unique the city really is. This could be a huge tourist attraction—if only…   This morning […]

Congo Elections

Bud Kroeker in Kinshasa Report N° 3 Street Scene in Kinshasa—background sign: Peace in  Democratic Republic of Congo Dear Friends Lack of Data When given the responsibility to coordinate all of the Protestant observers in Congo for this month’s elections, I didn’t know how much was involved, nor how to accomplish the task. In 2006 […]

Congo Elections

Bud Kroeker in Kinshasa Report N° 2 Dear friends, There are less than three weeks left before the November 28 elections and so much work has to be finished by then. I must spend all my time sending out the messages about elections and I don’t know if I’m going to have time to write […]

BREAKING NEWS: Clement Kroeker in Congo

A Personal account The following is a condensation of Kroeker’s personal letters written to family  and close friends chronicling his role as an invited observer for the momentous event of DR Congo’s 2011 election. This is actually a repeat performance as he served in the same capacity in the elections of 2006. Introductory note: For […]

Stuck in the Mud

“Christ is no Moses, no exactor, no giver of laws, but a giver of grace, a Savior; he is infinite mercy and goodness, freely and bountifully given to us.” —Martin Luther (1483-1546) In the eyes of a Parrot Hi folks. Paprika Parrot—sitting cocky as can by at the top of the page—is hounding me about […]


“For grace is given not because we have done good works, but in order that we may be able to do them.” — Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430) A REPORT documented by Clement Kroeker My brother Clement (Bud), who is involved in missions, has recently come back from the interior of Congo where our parents […]

The Living Church

Grace is God himself, his loving energy at work within his church and within our souls. – Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) Matende, 1952 Excerpt from: Shiny Shoes on Dusty Paths, Volume 2, chapter 14: Construction Shoes with Living Stones “The chapelle-ecole (chapel and church combined) at Matende, a construction made of mud walls and thatched roof, […]

Two Tiny Bundles of Joy

Thou hast created me not from necessity but from grace. —Solomon Ibn Gabirol Matendi 1949 Excerpt from: Shiny Shoes on Dusty Paths, Volume 2, chapter 11 Balanced Shoes Through Joy and Sorrow “…Timmy and Tommy arrived in a banana leaf one quiet evening. We were sitting outside enjoying a breath of cool air after a […]