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Global Ministries Expresses Our Deepest Sympathy with passing of Nelson Mandela

Written by Sandra Gourdet
December 6, 2013

Dear Friends,

We join with others around the globe to express our grief and consternation as we remember the life and legacy of your former President, Nelson Mandela “Madiba”. Although known as the Father of the South African nation, he was such an inspiration and role model that he belonged to more than just one nation.   He belonged to the continent and to the world. He will not be idolized as the only freedom fighter during the struggle for human dignity because there were many, many known and unknown fighters.  The world will remember this calm and stable man for his stand on reconciliation.   His determination to resist the evil that divides us as human beings who share one nation or one world is a testimony to the impossible  becoming a reality.  He will also be remembered for his grace and willingness to step aside to make room for others. 

He has made his long walk to freedom and completed the task set before him by God.  We take this time to honor him and thank him for his faithfulness.  So, in the midst of our tears of sadness for the immediate family and the nation, we pray that this will also be a celebration of his life.  We pray that there will be tears of joys knowing that he is at rest.  As stated by our own President Barack Obama, who was inspired by this son of Africa, “He no longer belongs to us but to the ages”.

Your partner, Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ, stands with you during this time of remembrance and pain.   May you find comfort as you reminisce over the history of your country during the past few decades and recall the role that this giant of a man played in making your country as great as it is.

God Bless South Africa!  God Bless Africa!

Blessings on you all!

Rev. Julia Brown Karimu
Co-Executive, Global Ministries
President, Division of Overseas Ministries

Rev. Dr. Jim Moos
Co-Executive, Global Ministries
Office of Executive, Wider Church Ministries

Rev. Sandra Gourdet
Area Executive for Africa



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