Category Archives: South Africa’s HIstory

What I Didn’t Tell You Today

www.tinybuddha.comI wanted to say something about Ocean View today. But I didn’t want to add to the negativity and fear already on the Internet. I wanted to tell you that today my sweet friend who is 65 years old was on her way to our container when she was caught in the cross fire of a gang shooting. She wasn’t hit, but she is a grandmother who is trying to help her community. She is a grandmother. She had to cover her head and run from gunfire.

I wanted to tell you that this weekend another child lost his life when shooters entered his house and opened fire while chasing someone else. On the day of a wedding in the family. But I don’t want to be accused of using Ocean View’s tragedy to get sympathy which could translate into financial support for us.

I wanted to say that this morning before 9 a.m. there were 32 shots fired close to where we have 40 children playing and learning.

I wanted to say that while residents are warned to stay inside their homes, we left Ocean View, drove across the street, a mere 50 meters and sat in a quiet cafe and I ordered a cappuccino to steady my emotions.

I wanted to say that I’m dealing with a white-hot rage mixed with a sliver of hope and a helpless sense of disqualification. I don’t fully belong to this community, to this country or to their story. 

But I feel it like it’s my own. And today, I just want you to know that just down the road in the area known as Slangkop, there is an unanswered pain too overwhelming to carry alone.

On Witchcraft and Other Traditions

witchPhoto1“Did you hear the drums last night? “

“Yes, I could hear them from my bedroom. A deep, ritualistic  rhythm, sounding well past midnight. It was clearly a ritual of some sort.”

It’s an eery juxtaposition-the tribal drum beats sounding over the white, gated community where flat screen TV’s carry the nightly news.

First world entwines with third world in the local paper, where the area witch doctors (sangomas) publish classified ads beside the Alfa Romeo dealers. Continue reading On Witchcraft and Other Traditions

How Offensive!?

“A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth.”
Albert Einstein

This video was deemed controversial by the ANC (the political party in power) who called it “treacherous and bordering on treason”.  The ANC demanded that FNB pull the commercial from the air immediately and apologize to the government. I am dumbfounded at the ANC’s reaction because I feel this is a message we need to embrace.  The children of this country have an opportunity to lead South Africa closer to Desmond Tutu’s dream of the Rainbow Nation. This year’s graduating class is the first generation of those “born free.”

Racial reconciliation is necessary for this country to come together and sort out the problems that plague it today.  We encourage our Masi teens to do more than exist side by side.  We implored them to join together in love and unity by loving their neighbor as their self.

What do you think? Can you imagine a government that takes offense at this commercial and has the audacity to pressure the corporation to pull it? Did you pick up on the offending lines?

Why Does God Make Some People so Rich When Others are so Poor? Does He Hate Us?

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This week in our Masiphumelele teens’ club we have been inviting questions, tough questions.  We have been asked about the reliability of the Bible, about trust in Jesus, and how to navigate traditional, African religious worship as a follower of Christ.  Today came the toughest question yet,  “Why does God make some people so unbelievably rich when so many others are so unbelievably poor?” Continue reading Why Does God Make Some People so Rich When Others are so Poor? Does He Hate Us?