I was born in a rural area of Africa to parents who were subsistence farmers, and I was blessed through their love and thoughtfulness with a good education. As a family we attended a Christian church, but when I went to college, I became dissatisfied with the teachings of the denomination. At this time I was also training to become a teacher, but the social conditions of this profession in my country were far from desirable. I was concerned about my prospects after so many years in school, and felt that my future looked bleak.
But one day, before leaving the college campus, I bumped into someone with a copy of the French edition of the Herald of Christian Science. It was the first time I had seen this magazine and browsing through it, I was attracted by an article titled “To Be Someone.” Thinking I would learn how to become an important person in life, I read it with interest – the article, however, carried a very different logic and expanded on the identity of each one of us as a beloved child of God, therefore spiritual and complete. The article also referred to the Bible and to another book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. I loved the ideas in the article, was eventually able to get a copy of the book, and became convinced of the logic of Christian Science. I began attending Christian Science services in my home city, Kinshasa.
Learning about Christian Science turned my life around, leading me to a successful career, first with the United Nations development program (UNDP), then with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, including a stint in Cambodia with a United Nations peacekeeping mission. My Christian Science healing practice was growing at the same time, and I eventually retired from my job as a Human Rights Officer to enter full time into the public healing practice. I am deeply grateful to Christian Science for what it has done in my life, and to be able to share its uplifting and transformative message with others.