Wolfgang Peter Schmidt


What is the root of so many problems in today's world? Is there any remedy, any hope?

Working together, helping each other, and showing love to those who are lonely, downcast, forgotten, mistreated will change things around. It helps the ones who receive love as well as those who give it – a win-win situation. Selfless love can give us a new outlook on life and solve our personal problems as well as those in the world. “Change the World with Love” offers concrete ideas how to make this dream become a reality.


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What is the book about?

This book is a personal account of the author who lived in 14 different countries on four continents – including five years in India and ten years in Africa.

For the past 48 years, he has been working as a full-time volunteer, helping people live better lives.

Most recently, he and his team have built two schools in the “bush” in the DR Congo, offering free tuition for thousands of children – not a given in this country.


The proceeds of this book will support the school projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Wolfgang Peter Schmidt

Since my teenage years, I have been searching for a solution to the problems
that exist in the world and in my own life. When I experienced true selfless love for the first time, it was a turning point in my life. Since then – for more than 48 years – I have been helping others to have the same experience, in 14 countries
around the globe. For the past 25 years, I have been organizing humanitarian
and development aid projects, first in Eastern Europe and since
2000, in Africa.

I have lived in Africa for more than 10 years, mostly in the DR Congo, which
motivated me to write this book “Change the World with Love.” Most of the
people there lack the essentials of life. They need better education and
infrastructure as well as more agricultural and rural development.
The weaknesses of the industrialized countries, who put too much emphasis on materialism and money, need to be addressed as well. The main change has
to occur in the heart, mind and attitude.
The only solution to greed, war, hunger, poverty and loneliness is love.

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Rated 4.9 out of 5
4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 17 reviews)
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Rated 5 out of 5
January 13, 2024

I read your book and I love it! Your insights and reflections are powerful and I learned much more about the DRC. In the beginning chapters, I could place myself right with you since so many of your observations replicate mine. Who the people are and how they live, surviving so much destitution, poverty and disparity. The “middle class” barely exists in the DRC, but the population accepts that and perseveres. They possess so much hope and courage which has impressed me over the years. I especially loved the many references you included. Wow! So many quotes from such wise legendary people around the world. And so brilliant to include the references on your website. I’m still accessing them and enjoying the powerful stories! You and your wife have dedicated your lives to the DRC and other nations around the world and I am so grateful for your excellent work. May the Lord continue to bless you and provide the resources needed to carry out these ministries. The people there need you both, as well as your staff. Thank you so much for reaching out to us and providing this amazing book for us to be inspired and encouraged in our work there.

Donna Baker Global Ministries Nurse In Mission Retired RN APRN BSN MS CNOR Emeritus ACNS-BC Retired USA
Rated 4 out of 5
March 28, 2023

Great book. Thank you for taking the time to write it. It helped me better understand things that are happening in Congo that I knew very little about.

Amongst many things, the parts that are talking about the Pygmies and their attitude towards others doing evil things to them, have been very convicting for me.

Thank you.

Rated 5 out of 5
February 23, 2023

Excellent Jhon & Lenka, God bless you for all you do… and letting the world the only Love can change people and the world, nothing else.

This is great! And we can relate, though I guess there in Africa it is a bit worst than here… The world, the people is in need of Love, though many times don’t realize it. And the solution to all problems, where greed, ambitions resentment and hate, is Love! And we see it in our everyday activities and work for the Lord in the Colombian Amazon, where we work in teaching education an christian values… Love will conquer the world! Thanks Jhon & Lenka for this message to the world, for answer to the people in need!

Sergio (Amazon team)
Rated 5 out of 5
June 20, 2022

I enjoyed reading this book very much! Learning about the country of Congo and its people, their daily lives, the culture and their history, has been a very interesting insight and journey. Living in a Western country, I clearly see how much we have in comparison, so much more wealth and education, safety and security, food & clothing, so much more of everything. It was touching to read about the children and their lack of care and how much needs to be done in helping their children to have a future to look forward to. Wolfgang and Lenka and their whole Team are doing an excellent work in helping to bring new hope to the people, to teach and train them to plant and to care for the land, to educate their children, to bring medical help when it is needed. I am so impressed and happy to read that two schools have been built for the local people and that the children are given the opportunity for a good education.

This is a very important book to read at this time in history as the world is going through so many changes. It will challenge us to do better, to take better care of each other and to step out to change our part of the world. It will also teach us how to help the world to be a better place for us all and especially for our future, the children. The challenge is, how can we do it, where do we start? The book will share and suggest lots of good advice for us personally and for everybody as the caretakers of this world. We have a lot to look forward to, with the hope of a brighter future for us all and for the people of Congo.

Eva McCormick
Rated 5 out of 5
April 26, 2022

This book is a treasure; it offers the story of an extra-ordinary life and beyond, covering a multitude of aspects of life.

The clarity and genuineness with which the author shares his personal life’s lessons, experiences and observations, makes this book both fascinating, insightful and motivating.

It is easy reading: One has the impression of sitting next to the author in a relaxed setting – like on a bench in a beautiful park – listening to him tell the story. However this book is more than a story. It is the account of an outstanding adventure as well as an invitation to be a part of a better world.

Rated 5 out of 5
March 15, 2022

If you are interested in the Africa adventure and want to know what drives people like Wolfgang and Lenka to dedicate their life’s work to a country like the Congo, I would like to heartily recommend this book to you. I learned a lot about the country and the people there, and was happy about the rays of hope that Wolfgang’s stories offered me between all the discouraging news that constantly reach us from the great continent of Africa. Faith and love are two great recurring themes in this book and I think who else would be better suited to talk about these topics than Wolfgang and Lenka, who have dedicated their whole lives to the service of others.

Anita L.
Rated 5 out of 5
March 2, 2022

“Change the World with Love” gives us a deep perspective into the struggles of the Congo in its turbulent history until today. W. P. Schmidt has given us a glimpse into the causes of its tribulations and what we can do about it. He is putting his faith into action through his fruitful educational works there.

Curtis Peter van Gorder
Rated 5 out of 5
February 27, 2022

For me, reading this book was like taking a trip to the Congo without even stepping outside my door. It also made me realize how blessed and fortunate I am in so many ways. I was asked to read this manuscript and offer suggestions to help improve it. Little did I know that it would drastically impact and improve me.

Stephen Gilb
Rated 5 out of 5
February 15, 2022

Personally, I would recommend this book to people whose purpose in life is helping others. … After I finished reading the book, I felt like a big weight was lifted off me. Now I know that every little help counts.

Richard Fojta
Rated 5 out of 5
February 10, 2022

It’s always encouraging to come across an inspirational book that discusses human relationships in relation to biblical perspectives. Change the World with Love is one of the rare books that combine personal sacrifice, biblical wisdom, psychology, and practical suggestions on how to better develop and improve the world we live in.

Change the World with Love recommends a number of principles for dealing with problems that face one of the poorest nations in the world. The scene is set in the first half of the book by presenting numerous obstacles that face the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as some of the problems present in Western culture. At first glance, those obstacles appear hopeless. The second part of the book reveals the answers that are needed to overcome such big problems. These principles of life include personal sacrifice, helping change the way people think, and connecting with a supernatural power.

Author Wolfgang Peter Schmidt was a humanitarian missionary in several Eastern European countries before working in the African countries of Guinea, Zambia, and Cameroon. In 2003, he was called to help the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This book is packed with real-life stories drawn from his extensive experience in helping build and establish a big elementary school and a high school with agricultural and veterinarian training for thousands of children in rural parts of the DRC. The book also includes interesting anecdotes and lessons from the author’s own personal life.

As we face life’s difficulties, the author suggests, having faith in ourselves is not enough. We try to solve problems as best we can, but we keep falling short. We lack the strength, knowledge, and resources and most of the time we don’t have all the answers. The author proposes that we need something greater than ourselves. Since God is limitless, Schmidt explains, He can show us the ways to accomplish the goal of doing what others might deem impossible.

Change the World with Love is an inspiring, refreshing, and hope-filled book which I would recommend to anyone who is confronted with challenging life problems and wants to make the world a better place.

Benjamin Davidson

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