© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/157254311X550740 Exchange 40 (2011) 71-88 brill.nl/exch Encountering Pygmy Peoples as a Challenge to Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Paul Kamuha Musolo W’Isuka Lecturer in practical theology and missiology at the Université Libre des Pays des Grands Lacs (ulpgl), Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo email@example.com Abstract Encountering Pygmy peoples, the forest dwellers, has been identified as a challenge to mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In this country, mission encounters efforts target more cities and villages than forest areas where indigenous Pygmies live. Such a selective and exclusive way of mission is probably the result of the non-Pygmies’ attitude of superiority, prejudice and stigmatization towards indigenous Pygmy communities. To remedy the challenge identified in order to implement the mission in a holistic and comprehensive perspective, this article suggests the missionary encounter as a way forward to address Pygmy peoples and, by extension, all other groups living alike. Therefore, missionary encounter should be implemented through a humble conversion of non-Pygmy peoples. Conversion is thus a necessary starting point for missionary encounter as it involves a two-fold liberation that consists of breaking both the prejudices of non-Pygmies towards
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Published: Jan 1, 2011
Keywords: Power Encounter; Missionary Encounter; Conversion; Pygmy peoples; Encounter; Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
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