Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Thank you very much for your e-mail 1/2 and for the critical feedback on our Pray for Kenya article.
Your perspectives and questions are appreciated.
I am an African, born in Cape Town 1960, raised in what was then Rhodesia through the war years. Since my conversion 31 years ago, I have been a missionary to restricted access areas. I have served the persecuted churches in Mozambique, Angola and Sudan, evangelised and conducted Leadership Training courses in Zambia and Zimbabwe, the Congo and Nigeria. I’ve walked knee deep and waist high in corpses in Rwanda.
I and the other missionaries of Frontline Fellowship love Africa and are dedicated to the fulfillment of the Great Commission in this continent. Our Biblical Worldview Seminars, Great Commission Courses, Reformation and Revival Seminars, God and Government Seminars, Muslim Evangelism Workshops, and Prayer Vigils are dedicated to bring about Biblical Reformation and Spiritual Revival in Africa.
I do not think we do anyone any favours by pretending that things are other than what they are. Africa is the most political unstable continent in the world, with the largest percentage of dictatorships, and there is no doubt that corruption on every level is endemic throughout Africa. The examples of Nigeria and Kenya are irrefutable.
I’m afraid that your sources of information seem out of touch with reality. Anyone who has travelled in Europe and America knows that while there is some crime and corruption there, you can generally get honest service for the advertised price without corruption and kickbacks being blatantly demanded even by uniformed state officials.
However, anyone who has had to travel and work in Africa, such as we have, knows how pervasive bribery, corruption and violence is throughout our continent. I have spent times in prison on mission trips for not paying bribes.
Parroting political slogans hardly helps improve our countries. There is no doubt that the Marxist dictatorship of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, even in a time of peace, is many hundreds of times worse than any excesses during the war years in Rhodesia under Ian Smith.
Even those who fought against Smith’s Rhodesia agree that life was immeasurably better than now. In Mugabe’s Zimbabwe millions have fled the “liberation”, half the country are starving, and the government bulldozed the homes of over a million of the poorest people in the coldest month of the year.
The corruption, incompetence and racism of Mugabe’s ZANU-PF in Zimbabwe, and of the ANC in South Africa, are chasing away skills, investment and leading to mass unemployment and widespread power blackouts shutting down whole industries in South Africa.
Africa has most certainly been raped, but primarily by it’s own leaders. Most of the wealth of Africa is owned off-shore by African residents themselves! Every year we lose 23,000 college graduates including doctors and engineers to emigration.
Blaming others for our own problems is not constructive. Acting like helpless victims is not going to improve anything. That is why we prefer to light a candle than curse the darkness. Our Biblical Worldview Seminars and Biblical Principles for Africa book seek to positively lay foundations for Biblical Reformation and Spiritual Revival.
Our vision is Africa for Christ.
May God continue to lead you into all Truth.
Yours for Faith and Freedom
Dr Peter Hammond