On the heels of my posting about visiting the beautiful country of South Africa and specifically the incredible city of Cape Town, I intended to publish some of my pictures with a little commentary about my experiences. Then I received news from my traveling partner Jen about a tragedy in the township of Masiphumelele where we had visited on Monday prior to our departure. Suddenly my pictures seemed trivial.
A teenager, Amani Pula, who had been a long time member of Living Hope Ministries kids club was brutally raped and murdered in his home before school. Another young woman was raped the same morning. Vigilantes thinking they had found the culprit and fed up with the lack of police response burned to death an innocent man and severely assaulted another. The community is in a state of anger and outrage. The kids are fearful for their safety. Parents are filled with anxiety.
Why? Sin and suffering. I hope you don’t view this as being overly simplistic, because I know the issues are deep and manifold. Poverty, addiction, perversion, dysfunction, these are all symptoms. What happened to Amani, a wonderful, bright, athletic boy was the result of sin. The Bible states it clearly in Romans 6:23- “The wages of sin is death…” When people choose to operate apart from God, and His perfect way, the result is death. Death of opportunity, relationship, peace and well being. Death of children, death of reason, order and justice.
Death brings sorrow. Sorrow for Amani’s mother, sorrow for the friend who discovered his body, for other family members and friends, for those at Living Hope Ministries who enjoyed him for years at Kids Club. Sorrow even for this American who visited the wonderful people and community of Masiphumelele. The contrast between what I experienced on Monday morning and the violence that occurred on Tuesday fills my heart and soul with grief. What sorrow sin brings!
Please pray for S. Africa, pray for Masiphumelele, pray for all who loved and experienced the loss. And pray for your country, community, family and friends. Pray for yourself. Pray that people would know the peace that can be ours in Christ Jesus, because, as the Bible clearly tells us, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes (trusts in, relies on, clings to) Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”(John 3:16-17). Amani believed this and though this world has lost him, he is not lost. He is alive in the presence of God where sin and sorrow are no more.
The header on this post is for Amani. It’s a picture of a beautiful shoreline in Cape Town, because one day I’ll meet him on a different beautiful shore.
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