God’s Call to Return Home: David Kasali

After completing his PhD in New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1993, Dr. David Kasali returned to the faculty at Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology, where he later served as President for eight years.

Following the devastating war in his native country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, David and his wife Kaswera sensed God’s call to return home. In 2005, David and Kaswera founded Congo Initiative, a holistic ministry that brings together church, government, education, and healthcare leaders working to rebuild communities and rekindle hope in the war-torn country.

In 2007, Congo Initiative founded the Christian Bilingual University of Congo. Committed to promoting reconciliation and strengthening communities, the school trains Christian women and men to serve faithfully across all sectors of society. The Congolese government has already recognized this private university and its exemplary graduates who are helping to build a stronger nation.

In addition to the work of Congo Initiative, David serves as an advocate for reconciliation through the Great Lakes Initiative, has written for the Africa Bible Commentary, and was a speaker at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative.

While accepting the 2014 ScholarLeader of the Year Award at the Great Lakes Initiative Reconciliation Conference in Uganda, David reaffirmed his commitment saying, “I don’t ask what will I be doing in 20 years, but where will my country be in 20 years.”

The ScholarLeader of the Year Award creates opportunities for recipients to share their work globally. In January 2014, Dr. Salim Munayer – Palestinian Christian, founder of Musalaha, noted author on reconciliation, and the first recipient of the ScholarLeader of the Year Award – joined Dr. Kasali at the Great Lakes Initiative as teaching faculty for a seminar on reconciliation and theological education.

To learn more about David’s ministry and life, visit Congo Initiative to purchase a copy of This is For You by ScholarLeaders Board Member Sharon Sheehan.

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