IN THIS ISSUE
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Rusesabagina is a Hutu, one of the two main ethnic groups in
Over the first half of the twentieth century, tension between the two groups was exacerbated by the policies of German and Belgian colonial rulers, who forced the people to carry ethnic identity cards and allowed only Tutsis to gain higher education and hold positions of authority. Since 1959, when a Hutu government took over in
At the time Rusesabagina was the general manager of the Diplomate Hotel in
There were many close calls during those 100 days. On April 23, Rusesabagina was awakened at and ordered to evacuate the hotel by a lieutenant from
Despite constant threats, Rusesabagina never gave in. In the end, his family and all the rest of the 1268 refugees were rescued. Today he works to raise world awareness of
Rusesabagina has maintained that he is not really a hero, saying that he only did what anyone would do under the circumstances. But those who are familiar with what happened in
Sadly, there were others in
In This Issue
Thankfully, most of us will never have to endure a crisis like the one faced by Paul Rusesabagina and Elizaphan Ntakirutimana in 1994. All of us, however, can choose to make a difference in the lives of those around us. For example, this issue of Grace and Knowledge includes an article about archaeologists Michael and Neathery Fuller, whose work at Tell Tuneinir,
Some of the biggest choices that many of us face involve our response to the calling of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our lives. In this issue, Australian Christian Ernie Klassek tells the story of his spiritual journey. Ernie's decision to walk with God led him in some unexpected directions and taught him and his family valuable lessons, some of which he relates in his article.
No one's life is an unbroken string of successes; we all face setbacks along the way. But we can take comfort in the knowledge that God, who "began a good work" in us, "will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Phil 1:6, NIV). Since God does not give up on us, we should not give up on ourselves. This may be one of the messages intended by the original version of the sixteenth chapter of Mark's gospel, which apparently ended in verse 8 with the frightened silence of three female disciples of Jesus. (See the article "Lessons from the `Sudden Ending' of Mark's Gospel" on page 3 of this issue.) Although Jesus' followers were initially fearful, they went on to powerfully proclaim the truth of the resurrection.
Speaking of carrying things on to completion, this issue of Grace and Knowledge also includes the eleventh and final installment in our series on the Apocrypha. We are grateful to Jared Olar for his diligent efforts in preparing this significant series of articles. These articles provide important background information for our continuing study of the New Testament and the history of the
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