Author Country :Zimbabwe Genre Type :True Story Location :Zimbabwe Year of Publication :0/ Publication :African Stories for Preachers and Teachers (2005) Sub Theme :Politics, Sin, Preaching the Gospel, Suffering, Witness/ Author Name :Sister Janice McLaughlin, M.M./ Author City :Harare
Father Michael Lapsley is an Anglican priest from New
Zealand who has spent all of his adult life condemning the sin of apartheid in
South Africa. He was deported from South Africa and Lesotho. In Harare, Zimbabwe
he opened a package that had come to him from South Africa. It was a letter
bomb. It blew off both his hands and his eye.
When I went to see him in the hospital a few days after
the bombing, he had two bandaged stumps where his hands had been and a gaping
hole that had held his eye. If it had been me, I would rather have been dead.
But Michael was cheerful and said, "The Boers took my hands and my eye, but they
left me my most powerful weapon, my tongue. With my tongue I will continue to
denounce apartheid until the day I die."