This “Shosholoza” song, sprung from the workers in South Africa’s Diamond and Gold Mines, speaks to the angst of the apartheid struggle. More recently, Nelson Mandela said he sang Shosholoza during his years of imprisonment on Robben Island to "make the work lighter." He described it as "a song that compares the apartheid struggle to the motion of an oncoming train."
Yet under the influence of “Him who is our peace, who made both groups into one, breaking down the barrier of the dividing wall” (Eph 2:14), Shosholoza gathers the racially divided into its cadence. A preview of things to come!
When a group of Harvard Cru students began a tutoring site for blacks from the 18 High Schools of Mamelodi in South Africa, only 39 seniors had passed their college entrance exam. Now, seven years later, every single Mamelodi student who completes the tutoring program, has passed the formidable “Matrix” exam!
The Mamelodi campus, a branch of the University of Pretoria, is also “coming alive” with the gospel. Along with Math and English, Cru’s tutorials include spiritual development, beginning with how to know God through Jesus. As these underprivileged “youngsters turned collegians” begin to blossom in God’s love, they are giving back, volunteering as tutors themselves, thereby making it possible for the imminent launching of a second site!
Over Spring Break, a group from Cornell Cru joined these Mamelodi “alums” and the STINT team for this “soft launch.” Workshops in basketball, football & soccer, dance, poetry, engineering and ultimate frisbee filled the mornings, followed by lunch and interaction. A powerful testament to the healing and unity Jesus brings spontaneously erupted as these tutors gathered for a final photo.
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