In a month  I will return to South Africa after more than twelve years.  This is not a tourist trip but an update on the land and people I worked with for twenty two years.

I’ll be visiting Caesar Molebatsi who took over Youth Alive in 1977  during the fiery demonstrations in Soweto, and who gave leadership for many years.  I hope to meet with many former Youth Alivers– eager to see how the Lord has lead, and blessed.  Many are professionals, business people and Christian leaders– opportunities not open to them in 1977. I’ll also be meeting with a group of African Christian women who serve in leadership positions in the countries of southern Africa , i.e. Botwsana, Swaziland, Mozambique, etc.

I know I’ll be saddened by the poverty as people have poured into Johannesburg looking for work, living in slums.. AIDs is rampant, as well as crime .

I’m eager to understand the political situation under an African president.  One of the friends I’ll be visiting is on the Johannesburg City Council, and her son works with the ANC (African National Congress) , the party in power, in the capitol Pretoria.

If you are following this blog it’s because you’re interested in my trip, and probably more than that, in what life is like in the new South Africa.  Hopefully you’ll have read The Soweto Legacy (see about my books) so that contrast will be clear.


My husband and I spent 22 years working with African young people in South Africa under Apartheid, which deepened my passion for the disenfranchised. During regular returns to the US I earned my MA in Communications at Wheaton Graduate School. Later I became head of publications for Partners International and edited a quarterly magazine. In the 90's I directed the AD2000 Women's Track networking with thousands of international women leaders in Christian ministry. I have written/published twelve books on missions, biography, fiction, most recently two biographical novels about Dr. Katharine Bushnell, nineteenth century crusader against what is known today as trafficking. Daughters of Deliverance and The Queen's Daughters are available in Kindle as well as print on Amazon. I was married to Allen, now deceased, my lifelong sweetheart. We had four sons,( one deceased,) one daughter, and 18 grandchildren. How can I help but praise God for the full life He's given me, and the opportunities even in my senior years, to live purposefully.

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