Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Mozambican called Nelson

One of my fellow seminarians, Nelson Chacate, spoke at Prestbury Methodist on Sunday evening. He is from Mozambique and lost both of his parents to the civil war between Renamo and Frelimo forces. He spoke about how he turned from a stubborn hatred to an acceptance of God's love in Jesus. It was pretty awesome. Not because he was spectacular. He spoke quietly, in good but not perfect English. But you could see that it came from his heart. And that, I think, is the most powerful testimony to God's activity in this world!

2 comments:

Thomas Scarborough said...

I think this is quite right. And with this in mind, one doesn't need the persuasion, the technique, the flash, the razzmataz, etc. in the Church, although some people find it hard to believe that.

Jenny Hillebrand said...

The thing is that some of us do enjoy the razzmataz. (I like to preach with powerpoint, although I am a fierce opponent of death by powerpoint). I think that what matters is understanding where the power really is!