Only the Negative Side is Published Extensively

It is with sadness that I read all the negative responses about the Kwasizabantu Mission. From the reports I get from friends, many people responded positively about the mission but to my surprise, very few of these positive responses are published. Only the negative side is published extensively. 

I am acquainted with the Mission for 45 years now and has been staying here permanently for the past 13 years. Here I found peace and healing, as well as what the Bible says in Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”. Mr editor, do you have that peace? 

There are hundreds and thousands if not millions of people during the past almost 60 years, who can testify to what the mission did for them to find healing and true salvation (which is the whole purpose of life) and the vision and mission of the Kwasizabantu mission. 

The fact of the matter is that I cannot join a hockey club and then insist to play tennis there. They will tell me to rather go and join a tennis club. 

This is what is happening at the mission. People want to be part of this mission where we strive to be an example to the world. But they want to do their own thing and make the narrow road as wide as possible and expect the mission to be satisfied with that. 

Every person staying here on the mission do so willingly. The gates are open, and they can leave if they are not happy here. Nobody is kept here against his/her will. The truth, however, is that through time many people stayed here on the mission because of free housing, free electricity and water, free food, and many, many other privileges although not really wanting to do so (and aQuelle pays for it). Deep in their hearts, they long to be like the world (to play tennis at a hockey club) and they keep on criticising and exaggerate incidences to make it look like terrible offences. People are not chased away here but their own sin makes them feel so uncomfortable that they eventually prefer to leave and then blame the mission. I remember when I first came here how uncomfortable I felt when God, not the mission, convicted me of my sin and the need for a Saviour, Jesus Christ. 

I am well informed about certain people (not the mission) who did things that they should not have done and how the mission tried to help them to turn from their wrongdoings and to make right what they have done wrong but to no avail. They prefer rather to leave than to change their ways. And now the mission is blamed.  

Im not indifferent to rape allegations but a story always have two sides and up to now the mission had little chance of putting their side on the table. They were even condemmed by the CRL before they even heard the other side of the strory. The mission has been working closely with the police all these years in criminal cases should they be aware of such and is still prepared to to do so. Were these rapes reported by the victims. If not why not? Why only now all of a sudden. The mission cannot act if they are not aware of the crimes 

It is also a pity that people only tell their side of the story and not explain the events that lead to so-called “abuse”. Should people know the true stories, all these matters will suddenly change colours and put in perspective.

Elsa Bosman