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My sister is an engineer with IBM and last week became the first member of my family to step foot on African soil since we arrived in the New World in the hulls of ships. Being a Georgia Tech grad as a proposed to a Black college product like me, she did not know the vibe she would get from being there until she was there—told her so.  I feel guilty for not taking the ferry from southern Spain to Africa when I had a chance but my friend Jerry, who did the Peace Corps, says North Africa is not really Africa.  

Her email from Africa: 

Greetings Family…..from South Africa!!  

It has been an interesting few days here.  I am staying at the Hilton in the Sandton area of Johannesburg.  I have visited Soweto, been on a safari/tour at Pilanesberg and Sun City……and shopped at Nelson Mandella Square.  We were so close to a couple of rhinos that one started to charge our vehicle.  I was disappointed that we didn’t see any lions or leopards….but will try again on the next trip in about four weeks.  The food here is great.  I have had ostrich and springbok…….still looking to try some kudu.  On my birthday, I had a lonely dinner at Brown’s restaurant (although they tried to make me feel special — the band played New York New York and Georgia On My Mind)…then a superb meal later Saturday night at Auberge Michel’s (one of the top restaurants in the area). I found out that most business (including restaurants and malls) close on holidays (like Friday — Workers Day). 

 Yesterday I went to an awesome worship service at Rhema Bible Church…..with seating capacity for thousands, it was packed….and this did not include children as they were in special training classes during worship!  The congregation is 95% black and the senior pastor is white (unusual for the US right?).  The senior pastor and wife were on vacation and there was a black guest pastor who spoke about “Things Do Happen”….Eccl 9:2, II Cor 11:23, Isaiah 43:2, Isaiah 41:10…..When (not if) you pass through the fire….remember, God is your source….a very present help in time of need….and don’t forget those fellows following you — Goodness and Mercy!!!   Amen, amen!!  About 40 people gave their lives to Christ….it was a wonderful experience.  The church is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary this year.  Joel and Victoria Osteen will be here in October.  The people here have been very warm and friendly. 

Right now (a little after noon), I’m at the IBM site and my official meetings start tomorrow through Thursday.  Just wanted to take a moment to say hello….from the mother land.  I should be back in the States late Friday afternoon.  Love you all……B.P.K.

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