PEOPLES OF THE GARDEN ROUTE, SOUTH AFRICA.
XENOPHOBIA: An unreasonable fear, distrust, or hatred of strangers, foreigners, or anything perceived as foreign or different. (The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy)
As strange as it may sound, people living in township areas in South Africa are often stereotyped as being xenophobic…particularly in regards to Africans from other nations. They are afraid of them coming to “steal” their jobs, their daughters, their places on the University roster. When cultures mix together in tight living quarters, the “concoction” is sometimes volatile.
That is the negative side of the story. However, many times God has a different plan in mind when He brings peoples together in a place. South Africans who are Christians living in the townships must realize how God is giving them “the nations” at their doorstep.
The members of Thembalethu Baptist Church do not need to travel all the way to Nigeria or Somalia or Malawi to become missionaries. They simply need to walk across the street and share the love of Christ with their neighbors.
Please pray that Xhosa Christians would see their neighborhoods through God’s eyes and not through the political glasses of the current times. Pray that they would be faithful to the task that God has set before them to reach the nations.