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My father of course was bringing the Word of God- which fortunately weighs nothing at all Kingsolver 19 Missionaries from all faiths have traveled all over the world in attempts to show other peoples their ways Christian missionaries in particular have struggled in their efforts to convert indigenous people Simply bringing the Word of God as Nathan Price does in The Poisonwood Bible was and is not possible With a conversion of faith comes an adoption of customs morals lifestyles and even political views Even though young Leah Price says that the Word of God weighed nothing it was actually the heaviest burden the Price family carried with them on their journey Every missionary who has brought the Word of God to the Congo region has been faced with many more challenges than they could have ever imagined The Poisonwood Bible provides a glimpse into each of the complex situations that are created due to missionary work in the Congo It is the turning point for religious work in the nation and depicts the ongoing struggle between the Congo and the rest of the world However to fully understand the impact of missionary work in the Congo the beginning as well as the future of this movement most also be examined The Congolese are a people who are rich in culture very bright and extremely diverse For a long time they were also regarded as being among the richest in natural resources until other countries exploited them Africans in general had no need for prejudice even when engaged in trade with other tribes or countries Their practice of enslavement was merely a way to win a war or conflict They treated slaves humanely However there was a great deal of misunderstanding from the very beginning between natives and the Europeans that arrived on the continent Even missionaries struggled to understand their completely different way of life The most challenging
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