"CARRY EACH OTHER' BURDENS, AND IN THIS WAY YOU WILL FULFILL THE LAW OF CHRIST"
Doug is from Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Born to Pascal Kulungu and Therese Saki Kulungu, he is the second oldest of six children. Education and faith were important in the Kulungu family. Both Doug’s parents were educated; Therese is a nurse and Pascal has a Master of Arts in Peacemaking from Fresno Pacific University, which he took back with him to the Congo to work for the betterment of his people. It was his mom especially, Doug remembers, who led set his feet on the path of Christ. In the tradition of their own parents, Pascal and Therese sacrificed so Doug and his siblings would not want for anything. Raised with this spirit of service, Doug was taught at a young age to love and support his siblings and friends. It was from his parents that Doug learned to be his brothers’ keeper as they taught him of Christ’s love for people of all nations.
With the help of long-time family friends (who would become his American parents), Doug came to the United States in 2005 to pursue an education. Like his father before him, Doug attended Fresno Pacific University, where he spent two years studying English before starting his undergraduate studies in 2007, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting in 2010. Doug’s American parents gave him hope by providing him with the means to receive an exemplary education. “My story and success in America were improbable. They have changed my story, giving me a new song to sing and cherish.” Doug shared, “Like my own parents have done, my American parents loved me, cared for me and made sure that I had what I needed. They have inspired me to be a better person. My American father makes me want to be a better man, and my American mother moved me the day she embraced a young man from Congo, welcomed him into her family and called him ‘Son.’ That’s true love! Their humility and spirit of service are my motivation to do the same.”
In 2014, Doug started the nonprofit organization Kulungu For Congo. This nonprofit was created to continue the legacy of Doug’s father Pascal in the Congo. Like his father, Doug believes everybody has potential and that some people just need an opportunity to achieve. “My hope is to build schools in the Congo and to also provide scholarships for the young people of the Congo.” The combined efforts of his Congolese and American parents prepared Doug for his experience in the United States, and his life was changed as a result of the confidence that came with his education. Doug hopes to instill the same motivation and confidence in the youth of Congo. It is because of the great love he feels for his Congolese and American families that Doug has the moral obligation to give back to his community.
“To whom much is given, much is expected. I have learned that life is about giving to others. Both families have lived that life, and I am going to continue their tradition of giving by building a stronger legacy for the glory of God.” It is Doug’s greatest desire that others join him in working for a better Congo. “My American parents invested in me, so now I too will live a life of service for others. If you could just support one person, and that person one person, then we will be able to do the same for many. Kulungu For Congo believes that we can literally change people lives with education. Join us as we are building a better Congo one person, one family, and one region at the time for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” On July 1, 2016, Doug married his long-time friend Patience Kusangila.