georgiaAn update from Georgia, a Perkins School of Theology student studying in South Africa:

apartheid-is-uglyMy trip to South Africa has been truly awesome. The most emotional tour for me was the visit to Robben Island. I had not realized that it was also a whole community and not just a prison. The place was cold, hard, echo-layered and haunting. The very thought of Nelson Mandela surviving 27 years of imprisonment there was almost unbelievable. You could sense the evil and the hatred with each step taken.

Yet, in spite of this — and upon his release from prison — Mandela called for reconciliation and forgiveness. This truly exemplified the teaching of Jesus Christ.

Robben Island Prison

Robben Island Prison

Nelson Mandela's cell

Nelson Mandela’s cell