I took this book out of the Rhodes Library because it is written by Dr Simon Gqubule who was the convenor of the committee who listened to my trial service on Sunday. The book is a brief life history of Seth Mokitimi (the first black President of Conference in the Methodist Church in Southern Africa) as well as some of his sermons. I have to admit that I did not read the sermons, just the biography parts. It is inspiring. A good reminder of the struggle for racial equality in the Methodist Church. And also a reminder of how committed ministers were in 'those days'. We talk too often about ministers who are lazy, now.
I'm a bit awed at having had Dr Gqubule listen to me, now that I have read his achievements on the back of the book. Amongst many other things he lectured New Testament and Greek at Wesley College in Bristol, England.
And he hardly said anything to me - I'm sure he could have told me so much!