As the world, mourns the passing of one of its greatest leaders, this day takes a special tone for me. Nelson Mandela changed my family.
I’ve lived and worked in South Africa for 8 years now, my wife over ten.
When we were considering South Africa as a potential location, Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, influenced my decision.
It was not Mandela’s upbringing, his brutal treatment, or his unjust imprisonment.
What moved me was his commitment to grace and forgiveness.
It was never more evident than April 27, 1994.
This is the date of South Africa’s first democratic national elections following Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.
The world waited with bated breath for the country to descend into chaos, or worse; war.
It did not happen. Grace prevailed.
Apartheid fell and with it the racist, oppressive rule which sought to completely separate the different races.