Blaise Masinga was raised to be a very ethical and upright individual. He grew up in a Mennonite home where faith in God had a central role in the development of his sense of ethics. Mennonites are a large denomination of the Protestant Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Blaise’s childhood was uneventful. He attended a Catholic school (Institut de la Fraternity) in Kikwit, Bandundu. He wanted to go to University, but was unable to do so due to the chaos that reigned in Congo at the time. The1990’s were the twilight years of the dictatorship of Mobutu Seseko (former Congolese President). The political situation in DRC was very uncertain. Corruption and incidents of torture were reported daily. The university was functioning so poorly that many qualified students—like Blaise–were not admitted. High levels of corruption made it impossible for poor students to be admitted.
Fortunately, with the help and sponsorship of missionary friends of his parents, Blaise was able to escape the chaos of Congo to study in South Africa. At the age of 22 years, he began his studies at Attend University in South Africa.
While studying in South Africa Blaise had the opportunity to help plant a Mennonite Church in Durban. The church was established in order to offer a place of fellowship to immigrants who fled torture and other human rights violations in Congo. It became a place of safety and dreams.
After graduating with a degree in marketing Blaise had the opportunity to work to advance economic transformation and enhance the economic participation of people of color in the South African economy. He then acquired a job as a manager for Bayer Environmental Science. This position enabled Blaise to return to his home country to identify the needs of his fellow Congolese, and identify ways to help.
2012 brought an opportunity for Blaise to move to Minnesota, United States where he has had new challenges and opportunities. He worked as an interpreter helping immigrants when in court, the hospital, and at schools. He currently works in the banking industry. Blaise also had the opportunity to continue his education in the areas of business and management.