Tracing the Christian Heritage and the Emergence of Islam in Goma, DRC: The Way Forward for the Church
This article traces the Christian heritage in Goma and examines the increasing conversions to Islam and other cults in Goma, the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It highlights the failure of Christians to live a Christian life and values, the negative perception of Islam by pastors, and the lack of awareness of the Islamic religion by Christians as factors contributing to the recent spread of Islam in Goma. This study used the phenomenological researcher approach and interviews with pastors and district chiefs. It argues for the need for Christians to live out their values and participate in mercy ministries in their communities. The church should organise basic training on world religions for believers to respond to emerging challenges.