Changes in eighteen years


I’m home after 31 hours of travel.

If you’ve followed political developments in South Africa with the rise of the Mandela-led government, or if you’ve read The Soweto Legacy (Amazon kindle ebooks) you know that the country has turned upside down racially in the past eighteen years..

I met with a small group of former Youth Alivers on my sifirst Sunday in South Africa. I learned about former Youth Aliver swho  hold positions today which  Africans were not permitted to hold under apartheid:

Doctor – head of large hospital

Director of radio station

Owns a media production house

Serves as third highest exec of Department of Labor

Sr. Mgr. of ESCOM (national electric supply)

Represents Hospital Christian Fellowship internationally

Directs ministry– Society of Albinos (appeared twice on TV while I was there)

Commander in the Army

Venture Capitalist (has helped to start 14 countries helping to found jobs)

. . . and these are but a few that God has raised up from their humble beginnings in Soweto, through training and encouragement at Youth Alive more than forty years ago.

You can imagine  how gratifying it was to meet these men and women who came through our youth program, survived the “troubles” and are contributing to build a “new South Africa.” Praise God!


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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