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Congo Vignettes: Stories of God's Faithfulness to Three Generations in the Heart of Africa Paperback – July 22, 2008

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About the Author

Shawn Lantz is the daughter of missionaries, Jim and Nancy Smith, founders and directors of Laban Ministries International. She is a noted author and speaker at women's events throughout the country. She is also a member of the Women's Leadership Team at her home church. Shawn and her husband Rob have three children and reside in Nashville, Tennessee. They can be contacted at ShawnLantz.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Word Entertainment Music (July 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933876034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933876030
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,835,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Richard R. Blake VINE VOICE on August 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
"Congo Vignettes" traces the history of the Laban Ministries International and three generations of the Laban and Marcella Smith family serving as missionaries in the heart of Africa. Author and women's speaker Shawn Lantz is the daughter of missionary parents, Jim and Nancy Smith, founders of the mission organization started by Jim's parents. The organization today is committed to training nationals to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with their own people in the Bandundu region in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire).

Each chapter is introduced with a familiar hymn, a scripture or quote from diaries and journals of a family member and a story telling of life as a missionary, serving the remote areas of Africa. Each story ends with an application to life, an encouraging word of Scripture or a probing question to consider.

Lantz writes in a style that gives the reader the comfortable feeling of knowing the family personally experiencing with them their joys, their grief, their troubles and triumphs and the excitement that comes while fulfilling God's purpose.

"Congo Vignettes" offers hope and comfort to anyone entering a new culture, or an uncharted course in life. The stories are filled with insights into the lives of missionary pioneers, those who have responded to the call to missions. Lantz offers the reader a challenge to join in the adventure of world missions. The book is a tribute to Shawn's parents, Jim and Nancy Smith, and to her grandparents, Laban and Marcella Smith. Stirring stories of God's love, provision, and presence.
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By Mary on November 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
Beautiful stories of God's love and faithfulness. I could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit as I read the pages of this book. A definite faith builder and well worth reading.
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By M. Clancy on March 4, 2014
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Shawn did a great job in putting this book together. The events are not necessarily in chronological order, but this does not distract from the big picture. You will enjoy following 3 generations of this family as they deal with triumphs, tragedy, success, failure, and relying on God through it all.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but it was not a hard read for my 5th grader.

Also...Look for other titles by Shawn Lantz!
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