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Disciples of Christ Congo Mission. Bonkanda wa nsao ya Nzakomba. Bolenge, Congo Belge: Disciples of Christ Congo Mission, 1918. 12mo (28 cm; 7.125"). 231 hymns. $275.00
The fifth edition of the Disciples of Christ Congo Mission's Lonkundo Hymn Book. The Disciples of Christ Congo Mission (DCCM) arrived in the Congo in 1889 with the intention of developing an indigenous church that would provide change to the whole Congo social order. After developing a written form of the local language, Lonkundo, the DCCM began publishing hymnbooks and educational pamphlets, although Eva Nichols Dye, an early DCCM missionary, would later lament the inaccuracy of their understanding of the language.
From the preface: "This fifth edition of the Lonkundo Hymn Book is a result of the joint labor of the missionaries and the native Christians." One of those missionaries was, "Alice Ferren Hensey, 1907–1931, a talented musician and poet . . . [she] translated many hymns and songs, and taught them to new Congo Christians" (Smith).
=> This is a mission press production and was actually printed in Bolenge.
On the Disciples of Christ Congo Mission, see: Fifty Years in Congo by Herbert Smith. Publisher's green cloth-covered light boards, spine sun-faded. Some dust-soiling and dog-earing, but withal, a nice copy. (40440) Please RESHELVE This.
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