While working on a recent project, I asked Rodrigue Kabuya Kabamba, a member of the Church in Kinshasa, DR Congo, to help me on some graphic designs. This isn’t the first time he has bailed me and others out — his work has been an important part of several other Church projects during the last few years, including his handsome designs for several visual concepts — large and small — that were needed for the open house and dedication events of the new Kinshasa DR Congo Temple. Nearly all of this time-consuming work has been done cheerfully at no cost as part of Church assignments.
Recently, as he copied the graphics he created for me from his laptop to mine, he included some of his video projects, including a short video he had created for Africa Southeast Area Public Affairs in 2017. It contained a delightful montage of Congolese children describing what Easter meant to them. After seeing it, I asked if he would mind if I asked permission from the Area Public Affairs to add English subtitles, a new and include it as part of a blog post.
With the kind permission of the Africa Southeast Area Public Affairs team, I am posting Rodrigue’s touching video, along with another short extracted from an oral history where he explains his perspective on visual communication and shares his testimony.
Happy Easter from the DR Congo!
(French with English subtitles)
3A: Testimony of a Visual Artist from the DR Congo
(French with English subtitles)
Description of the Series
Over the next several weeks, we will trace the temple’s history from its announcement to the completion of the temple building. And from its completion as a sacred building to its dedication and use as a House of the Lord by the Latter-day Saints in this choice part of the world.
Those interested in a more details about the Church in the DR Congo and its new temple may consult or download an in-depth history that is posted at the Southeast Africa Area website:
- https://africasoutheast.lds.org/church-history-drc-kinshasa-temple?lang=eng-za (English)
- https://afriquedusudest.lds.org/histoire-de-l-eglise-rdc-temple-du-kinshasa?lang=fra-za (French)
Many of the video supplements in this series will complement and personalize the written history: early members will tell fascinating stories of the challenges and blessings of the coming of the Church to the country, some will talk about their roles in temple construction and operation, and others will describe how having a temple in Kinshasa will bless their lives.
These videos are truly inspiring. It is wonderful to hear and see the testimonies of the good people of the DR Congo
Thanks, Penny! Wish you were here with us in person to enjoy the faith and beauty of the Congolese Saints!
Jeff – Thanks much for the backstory and the video. I will share the video with my children and grandchildren. Say hello to President and Sister Livingstone for me.
Hi, Terry! Great to hear from you! We just said goodbye to Livingstone after a dawn-to-dusk day at the temple and will mention your greeting. What an exceptional blessing that they were allowed to take a short leave from the Provo Temple to help out here with their experience. And, frankly, just having one additional couple (when we only have three trained worker couples besides the Jamesons) is a huge blessing. They outwork the rest of us put together.