Gunpoint…!

Yesterday, Nigel was held up in his car at gun-point at about 5.30pm just around the corner from us and had his cell phone taken. He is a bit shaken but is fine. I’m grateful that he is alive and we know that God is in control. His friend came all the way out from Pretoria to offer support, and together they went onto the streets and organised a group of street vendors to go with them to the same place where this event occurred. They prayed together for the area, the safety of our community and the offender. We are still convinced we need to be here and also know God loves this community, each one, including the man who held the gun.

Small blessings came to us today: a friend of Jordan gave him a big car and another toy, and today 2 kids, upstairs playing in our flat, ran up to us as we walked in at the front door and gave us big hugs and smiles! We really live among some very sweet people!

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  1. Two days after the event Brad and Cherise Lane brought out a team from the The Crossing church and we went and distributed food on the streets where I was held up. It was an intentional act, responding in the opposite spirit to the violence. If we are going to see transformation in this community, it will be through sowing many acts of love.

    I am inspired by these words from Martin Luther King Jnr… “Throw us in jail and we will still love you. Threaten our children and bomb our homes and our churches and as difficult as it is, we will still love you. Send your hooded perpetrators of violence into our communities at the midnight hours and drag us out on some wayside road and beat us and leave us half-dead, and as difficult as that is, we will still love you. But be assured that we will wear you down by our capacity to suffer and one day we will win our freedom. We will not only win freedom for ourselves, we will so appeal to your heart and your conscience that we will win you in the process and our victory will be a double victory”

    I am convinced that the best way to fight violence is with love. The man with the gun needs love. Power may be on his side, but he has no one to comfort him. Love will wear him down. Love will not only bring freedom to the oppressed, but also to the oppressor. Let love reign. Let it flow.

    • And another from Martin Luther King Jnr… “These are extreme times, and the question isn’t whether or not we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will you be extremists for love or for hatred?”

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