Frankly Speaking ...
- A Moment of History
Robert M. Franklin (Posted from Cape Town, South Africa)
A sense of foreboding inhabits the land. A giant tree totters in the wind ... between life and death. On this vast, breathtakingly beautiful southern tip of Africa, we hold our breath. People on the street ask, 'If Mandela leaves us, who are we? Whom will we become?' Museums, once proud church buildings before apartheid pushed the people out, document a people with a history of struggle and dignity telling stories of interfaith cooperation and high schools like Trafalgar as incubators of freedom leadership. Now, the Methodist Church is a temple of local memory and culture being restored as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Process, (something America and Europe needed). They even saved old street signs and rubble to help them remember bulldozed communities. Innovative projects to lift people from poverty arise. And, debate about the future of South Africa is vibrant on talk radio and in papers. President Obama approaches as another president prepares to sleep. It is a moment of history in the Republic.
- BLOG COMMENTS:
Name of sender: Cheryl Franklin - Great start! Keep the news coming.
Name of sender: Eddie L. McCann Jr - What contribions are being made in South Africa by the Church of God in Christ.I understand there has been a big push by the Presiding Bishop Blake,to engage the General Church in his quest to bring assistance to the region.
Name of sender: Tumani Nyajeka
Welcome to Southern Africa. Students and faculty at Africa University here in Mutare, Zimbabwe, will certainly be contributing to your blog.Africa University is a pan-African institution whose enrollment comprises of fifty percent 50%,of its students coming from over 30 countries of the African continent.It is a beautiful place for learning for the African child and global community because it is an embodiment of the pan-African spirit.
Some of these student are riding down to South Africa to welcome you and President Obama! We have all been praying for Sekuru Mandela. Let our joy and God's Peace surround him. Thanks for flying the Morehouse Flag
Professor Tumani Mutasa Nyajeka.
Name of sender: Dr. George E. Young, Sr. - Pray you are well. I am still in Oklahoma City, but moving from the pulpit to teaching. Things are well,
Name of sender: Collie Burnett - Keep us clued in on the Mandela watch
Name of sender: Kevin Peterson - Dr. I am glad your are there as a great spirit in this world seems to make a transition. There is a balm in Gilead! Breath it all in so that you can continue to teach the word and preach to the world. Oh, Blessings!________________________________
Name of sender: Corey Hardiman - WOW! I am moved by reading this post. So thankful to know you are in the presence viewing a once in a lifetime moment. God is so good to us. Thank you for sharing.
Name of sender: Michele Beal Bagneris - This is wonderful! Great way for the world to share in the experience and be inspired...reminded me of On Guilford Pond, smile:-) Thanks for allowing us to live vicariously. God bless you and Cheryl on your travels and have fun!
Name of sender: Sharon "Sharp Pi" Pittman - Great work!
Name of sender: Diane Alexander - Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the people of South Africa.