Rev. David Persons Ph.D. '68
David Persons '68 has been serving the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) with his wife, Lori, as a United Methodist missionary since 1979 - officially. Unofficially, the people and the culture of Congo were embedded in his heart from his own childhood there with his missionary parents.
"My freshman year at the Fall Revival in Hughes I went forward and felt God speaking to me, 'I want you to go back to Africa and follow in your father's footsteps,'" he said. "That's been a cornerstone on the direction of my life."
Persons earned a master's in Biblical Studies from Asbury Seminary while Lori, who also grew up in Congo, worked as a nurse. The couple arrived in Mulungwishi in 1979 to teach at a Methodist Seminary there. Since then, the school has expanded to become Kitanga Methodist University, an accredited institution with schools of education, psychology, information technology, a college of agriculture and a complete Congolese faculty.
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