The General Pays Tribute to Nelson Mandela

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GENERAL André Cox has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela in a letter to the family of the former South African President. He explained that his years spent in Africa had given him ‘a sense of the measure of Madiba’s life and influence’.

‘So many have already spoken eloquently or written lucidly,’ wrote the General. ‘I would simply wish to salute a great man – one whose character was nourished by hope, expressed through forgiveness, and testified to through reconciliation.’

He concluded: ‘I pray that you would each know the Father of compassion and God of all comfort drawing so very near to you. During this Advent season, may you each experience fully the peace of the Christ child.’

The General and Commissioner Silvia Cox spent four years as leaders of The Salvation Army’s Southern Africa Territory. As The Salvation Army’s first Africa-born world leader it is appropriate that he should pay tribute to the man who has been called the greatest-ever African.

Commissioner William Langa (Territorial Commander, Southern Africa Territory) said in a statement: ‘Mr Mandela’s immeasurable contribution to South Africa cannot be overstated. His commitment to helping the poor and vulnerable, and his pursuit of reconciliation in our divided society was a shining example to those of us who serve the Lord Jesus Christ through The Salvation Army. Salvationists throughout the world have recognised his statesmanship and moral leadership. May his soul rest in peace in the everlasting arms of Christ.’

The General’s letter can be seen in full at flic.kr/p/i7Qmzd

Psalms 1 (MSG)
How well God must like you—
you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon,
you don’t slink along Dead-End Road,
you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College.
2-3 Instead you thrill to God’s Word,
you chew on Scripture day and night.
You’re a tree replanted in Eden,
bearing fresh fruit every month,
Never dropping a leaf,
always in blossom.
4-5 You’re not at all like the wicked,
who are mere windblown dust—
Without defense in court,
unfit company for innocent people.
6 God charts the road you take.
The road they take is Skid Row.

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  • http://stevesimms.wordpress.com/ Steve Simms

    Here’s a wonderful quote from Mandela: “Our
    Messiah, born like an outcast in a stable, and executed like criminal on
    the cross. Our Messiah, whose life bears testimony to the truth that
    there is no shame in poverty: Those who should be ashamed are they who
    impoverish others. Whose life testifies to the truth that there is no
    shame in being persecuted: Those who should be ashamed are they who
    persecute others. Whose life proclaims the truth that there is no shame
    in being conquered: Those who should be ashamed are they who conquer
    others.” –Nelson Mandela

  • http://stevesimms.wordpress.com/ Steve Simms

    “Our
    Messiah, born like an outcast in a stable, and executed like criminal on
    the cross. Our Messiah, whose life bears testimony to the truth that
    there is no shame in poverty: Those who should be ashamed are they who
    impoverish others. Whose life testifies to the truth that there is no
    shame in being persecuted: Those who should be ashamed are they who
    persecute others. Whose life proclaims the truth that there is no shame
    in being conquered: Those who should be ashamed are they who conquer
    others.” –Nelson Mandela