The Redemptive Power of Love
Author Country :Tanzania
Genre Type :True Story
Year of Publication :NULL/
Publication :Once Upon a Time in Africa (2004), African Stories For Preachers and Teachers (2005)
Sub Theme :Compassion, Helping the Needy, Poor/Poverty, Redemption, Sickness/
Author Name :Dan Griffin, MLM/
Author City :Nyabangi
Anton used to work for the Tanzanian government,
pushing heavy carts of supplies around the city of Musoma. He often took
supplies to Nyabangi, the local camp for lepers. For years he was abusive and
cruel to the lepers there.
Many years later Anton became sick. Without a family
to support him, he became a ward of the government. Now stripped of his
strength, he had to take his place among the neglected poor. He was sent to
Nyabangi to live among the very people he had abused, to live as one of them
completely dependent on others for his care.
Last week Anton died. At his funeral there was no one from his family, no
one from the government, only the people who had loved and cared for him through
his last, most desperate years — the lepers of Nyabangi. As they buried Anton,
I saw their grief. It wasn’t merely a case of poetic justice. I saw the
redemptive power of love.