Sharing my exprerience with C.F.C

SHARNG MY EXPERIENCE WITH C. F.C. DR MOTSOKO PHEKO  Johannesburg 5th October 2016

After I knew Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour through the witness of a very saintly Canadian missionary Frank Read, I felt called to tell others about eternal life through Jesus Christ who not only raised the dead from their graves, but Himself died and came back to this life.(Acts 1:9)

I was already a budding writer. I was convinced that the printed word is a very powerful tool for evangelisation. An American Christian Donald Smith and I, and three other African brothers started a monthly magazine. We called it OUR AFRICA. I became its Managing Editor. It was demanding position. I had to study hard to increase my knowledge to be able to cope with my responsibilities.

This Christian magazine circulated in Southern and Eastern Africa. It had some regular readers also in England, America and Canada. Some copies of it can today be found in the archives of the University of South Africa – Documentary Centre for African Studies Accession No.33. OUR AFRICA had great impact. Thousands of people from various walks of life found Jesus Christ as their Saviour.

Many people became leaders in several spheres of life including Christian ministry. At least two became missionaries in America – Jerry Nkosi and Nathaniel Nkosi. Nathaniel was converted in the gold mines through an article I had written called A Dream In The Night.

He had run away from school and home. After his conversion to Christ he went back to his parents and attended school. He trained as a teacher. Later he went to Bible School in this country. That is how he eventually ended up in America as an Evangelist.  

Anyway, after five years (1958 to 1963) OUR AFRICA Magazine ran into problems forcing me and my colleagues to scatter. I was arrested. After imprisonment I left this country for 33 years in exile. I went to Rhodesia where Don Smith and I tried to continue our vision by forming Daystar Publications also known as Daystar Communications. We planned a university in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).

This university was later established in Kenya. Daystar University is now considered the largest Christian university on the African Continent. It has two campuses with about 14,000 students training in many fields of education continentally. Some students outside Africa have come from countries such as Greece and South Korea.

This path was not smooth sailing. It was full of tears and thorns. Colonial and apartheid regimes did not like what I was doing through OUR Africa Magazine. They pursued me everywhere. I had been imprisoned in South Africa. The colonial regimes of Mozambique and Rhodesia too imprisoned me. I was never ambivalent on matters of truth and justice. But in all this suffering the grace of God never abandoned me and my family.

My idea of leadership is servantship. Jesus Christ has Himself said it all, “…whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant….”(Matt. 20:27). We also have examples of Daniel, Mesheck and Abedenego. I believe that the Gospel of Jesus is holistic. It caters for the spirit as well as for the material needs of man while here on this planet. Life situations have taught me that fearlessness, courage, integrity, wisdom etc are provided by God.

I have learnt to appreciate Romans 8:28. “All things work together for good to them that love God.” I have many times thanked God for many doors I desperately asked Him to open. He shut them. Later, I have always found that He closed those doors for my protection. They were not good for me. He had better things for me to do.

In this life I consider myself a contributor not a competitor with anyone. I believe that God has given each one of us something to do. In whatever God has called me to do in my life, I have always appreciated His word in 1 Cor. 10:31. “Whether therefore you eat or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all for the glory of God.”  After organising a Christian ministry called Every Home Crusade in Zambia, Malawi and Botswana and establishing them through well trained local leaders to direct this ministry; I moved my office from Zambia to London as Africa Editorial Director For World Literature Crusade to pursue research and writing. Some of these writings are in one of my books African Renaissance Saved Christianity. Also in another book, Africans In The Bible And World History.  

It was in London that I was asked to become a representative of the victims of apartheid in this country at the United Nations in New York and at the UN Commission On Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, concurrently. It was a tough mission but I had to stand for truth and justice. God has been with me in all trying situations.

From the United Nations I served in the South African Parliament for ten years. I advocated free education for children from poor homes. I proposed that Section 25 of the South African Constitution be amended to be in accord with the principle of equitable distribution of land and its resources so that this country can have political stability and economic prosperity for all its citizens.

When some leaders in this country claimed they would rule “until Jesus comes” I responded. I perceived this remark to border on blaspheme. Therefore, during the debate on the President’s State of the Nation Address in 2009; I closed my reply by saying:

“Madam Speaker, Those who boast that they will rule this country until Jesus comes back and call our judges ‘counter-revolutionaries’ speak the language of fascists. They have not studied eschatology carefully. Power is like lightning. It is very dangerous when it is handled with arrogance.”

One of the most startling things that rejoices me  is my observation of how God speaks about His creation. This is especially with regard to human beings. The Bible says, “And God said, let us make man in our image, and after our likeness….” (Genesis 1:26)

After completing His creation God looked at His creation. He was pleased with His creation. The shape of noses, skin colour and texture of the hair of human beings He created and all His creation was superb. The Bible declares, “God saw all that He had made, and it was very good….” (Genesis 1:31).

Speaking about how gloriously God made man, King David said, “O LORD our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth! Who has set the glory above the heavens…. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained, what is man, that you are mindful of him? and the son of man, that you visit him ? for you have made him a little lower than the angels, and have crowned him with glory and honour . You made him have dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet.” (Psalm 8:1-3-7)

Paul proclaimed that God “has made of one blood all nations ….”(Acts 17:26) For his part Peter has declared, “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.  But in every nation he that fears Him and works righteousness, is accepted with Him.” (Acts 10:34)

Yet much suffering in the world has been caused by people who claim to be “superior.” The truth is that this is a myth. There are no inferior and superior people before God. This is what has influenced me and directed my life.

Even beyond the grave Jesus Christ revealed to John on the Island of Patmos that God does not have “inferior” and “superior” races or tribes. God’s image is not split. Therefore John as instructed has written:

“After this I looked and there, before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried with a loud voice.

Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne and to the Lamb.” (Rev. 7:9-10)

I say Amen to this clear teaching about man as created by God. God bless you all. END

*Dr. Motsoko Pheko is a historian, political scientist, theologian and lawyer. He is author of over thirty books in these fields as well as over 1500 articles. One of his articles on the Pambazuka website has been viewed by over two hundred thousand (200,000) readers according to the Editor. This author is presently working on a book titled WHAT AFRICANS INVENTED

 

 

 

 

 

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