Faith before race: White Afrikaans church tackles racism in service addressed by black pastor

Faith before race: White Afrikaans church tackles racism in service addressed by black pastor

- Braam Botha and Afrika Mhlope held the service at Doxa Deo Port Elizabeth

- They bravely spoke about racism during the service

- They later took congregants on a tour of townships in the area

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In a bid to tackle racism, a black pastor officiated a service at the mainly white Afrikaans Doxa Deo church in Port Elizabeth earlier in February.

Pastor Afrika Mhlope was accompanied by Pastor Braam Botha, Briefly.co.za learned. Botha wrote about the special service on gatewaynews.co.za.

He said they bravely spoke about racism and the need to put faith first.

Pastor Afrika Mhlope preaching during the service. Source: gatewaynews.co.za

Pastor Afrika Mhlope preaching during the service. Source: gatewaynews.co.za

Botha explained the essence of Mhlope's sermon:

In his sermon, he identified the cultural problem areas that cause conflict between different races and told us to remember that our faith should identify us, before our culture does.
He made a joke about how ignorant a person would be if he needed a blood transfusion to save his life and rejected it just because the donor was from a different race.

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Pastors Afrika Mhlope and Braam Botha. Source: gatewaynews.co.za

Pastors Afrika Mhlope and Braam Botha. Source: gatewaynews.co.za

After the service, the two pastors took the congregants on a bus tour of the northern townships, which many of them had not visited before.

They visited Zwide, New Brighton, Kwazakele and Struandale. Botha described the tour:

It was evident, as we were driving, that the public spaces in the townships were worlds apart from what we are used to in the suburbs.

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The pastors took the congregants on a bus tour to the townships. Source: gatewaynews.co.za

The pastors took the congregants on a bus tour to the townships. Source: gatewaynews.co.za

Botha and the congregants were amazed at the warmth and hospitality shown by members of Mhlope's Good News Community Church. He wrote:

We had so much in common; we share the same vision; we have the same goals and we can work together to make it happen, despite our superficial differences.

This was the beginning of more partnerships and relationships for the advancement of the gospel, he added.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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