Kabumbulu Congo

Kabumbulu Congo

by Will Wilding


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Will Wilding recounts the story of his parents and their three young children living in the Belgian Congo between 1914 and 1935. His father, Robert Wilding, left his job as a seaman in the British Royal Navy to begin his work as a missionary while he was still single. He was left alone with a tent in Lubaland, one of the most primitive areas of the region. During a year away, he met and married a young Swiss nurse, Martha Vuadens, and after a brief honeymoon she joined the work in Kabumbulu. This book tracks the lives of Will's family, as his parents worked with the local Luban tribe, leading building projects, setting up bush hospitals and medical clinics, training local assistants, creating a written language, starting churches, and translating parts of the Bible. They built warm relationships with the surrounding tribes, including the nearby cannibals. The book is illustrated with historic photos of the wildlife and interactions with the local people.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781773709932
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication date: 08/15/2019
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.27(d)

About the Author

Robert William Wilding is a retired architect, with a forty-year practice in Vancouver, Canada. Born at a mission station in Lubaland, Will spent his first eight years in Kabumbulu, before moving to Cape Town South Africa for further education. Of the three children, Will was the keeper of his family's documents and photos. Throughout his life Will held his parents in high esteem, and viewed them as heroes. Will completed his architectural studies in Glasgow and received several awards and heritage designations. His parents' example and prayers deeply influenced Will's own life of service, and he is thrilled to fulfill his dream of honouring his parent's lives by sharing this remarkable story.

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