3 April 1977, I was converted to Christ.
It happened at the Ster Kinekor cinema in Pinelands...
My family had moved from Rhodesia to Cape Town. We were living in Pinelands, just a few kilometres from where I had been born. It was Sunday evening, 3rd April 1977, when I walked over to the local cinema, with little realisation of how dramatically that would change my life forever.
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The Other Side of the Story
At first this story wasn’t being told at all. Farmers are being brutally mutilated at a genocidal rate, yet few cared or dared to say a word. There has now been an iceberg tip of much needed coverage on this topic, but there is still an under-the-surface glacier that needs to be uncovered. Why is the government not trying to get to the bottom of it? What are they trying to hide? Or what are they trying to prove?
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Dr. Gregory H. Stanton, a professor at Mary Washington University and the Vice President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars says: “Genocide cannot be committed by an individual or small group; rather, it takes the co-operation of a large number of people and the state. The genocidal process starts with prejudice that continues to grow.”
Genocide progresses through nine stages, or operational processes, each further stage needing to succeed the previous; although the earlier stages continue to run concurrently throughout the operation.
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April marks the anniversary of the launch of the systematic extermination of the Christian Armenians by the Ottoman Turks. The Jihad began with the arrest of 250 Christian leaders in Constantinople (what is today called Istanbul) and over 800 other Christian leaders throughout the empire, on 24 April 1915. Over 1.5 million Christians were slaughtered by Muslims in Turkey during 1915. Additionally, 750,000 Assyrian Christians and 950,000 Greek Orthodox Christians were murdered in the Ottoman Turkish Empire between 1915 and 1922. That amounts to over 3.5 million Christian victims of the Turkish Empire over just 7 years.
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As we are reminded again of the sufferings of Christ on the Cross, we need to consider the question: Who is responsible for the sufferings of Christ? As we read the Gospel narratives, or as we see the crucifixion of our Saviour depicted by The Passion of the Christ film, we have to ask the question: Who killed Jesus?
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What Have You Learned?
After my first Mission to Mozambique, April 1982, my pastor, Rev. Doc Watson, challenged me: “Many Missionaries tell of what they have done. I would like to know what you have learned.”
Ask Many Questions
That challenge has continued to inspire me to look deeper, to discover what is God saying, in and through the many obstacles, frustrations, conflicts and through every country I have had the privilege of ministering in. It has also led me to ask many questions. I have filled up many notebooks interviewing Missionaries, pastors, refugees, chaplains, Evangelists, teachers, survivors of atrocities, prisoners, soldiers, policemen, even several heads of state.