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A powerful account of British missionaries Peter and Brenda Griffiths who played a critical role in the development of the Elim church in the aftermath of the Vumba massacre Peter and Brenda Griffiths Stephen's parents and their team had set up a superb secondary school only for guerrillas to slaughter almost all the staff After their funerals Peter maintained that forgiveness for the attackers was the Christian thing to doThis is an inspiring story of Peter and Brenda's courage sacrifice and faithfulness in God who despite the atrocities continues to build His church in ZimbabweA powerful account of British missionaries Peter and Brenda Griffiths who played a critical role in the development of the Elim church in the aftermath of the Vumba massacre Peter and Brenda Griffiths Stephen's parents and their team had set up a superb secondary school only for guerrillas to slaughter almost all the staff After their funerals Peter maintained that forgiveness for the attackers was the Christian thing to doThis is an inspiring story of Peter and Brenda's courage sacrifice and faithfulness in God who despite the atrocities continues to build His church in ZimbabweA powerful account of British missionaries Peter and Brenda Griffiths who played a critical role in the development of the Elim church in the aftermath of the Vumba massacre Peter and Brenda Griffiths Stephen's parents and their team had set up a superb secondary school only for guerrillas to slaughter almost all the staff After their funerals Peter maintained that forgiveness for the attackers was the Christian thing to doThis is an inspiring story of Peter and Brenda's courage sacrifice and faithfulness in God who despite the atrocities continues to build His church in Zimbabwe


4 thoughts on “The Axe and the Tree: How Bloody Persecution Sowed the Seeds of New Life in Zimbabwe

  1. says:

    Steve Griffiths has produced a finely researched and well written personal account of a traumatic period in Zimbabwe's history The book deals with the sacrifice and love of missionaries in particular his parents Peter and Brenda Griffiths I found the book a gripping story though there were parts that just tore me apart again having known them so well and lived through much of the torment that was and still is Zimbabwe Steve does not hide his own doubts fears and torment over the character of God and the events that were so regular in a war and conflict of this nature However the sense of hope and faith that ultimately shines through makes this book one that will lift you up even as it faces the ongoing fact of the evil in our world Well done Steve and well done to all who are portrayed in this book Read it and be encouraged I could not put it down Bought it 3 days ago and finished it yesterday


  2. says:

    For many of us who were born and lived in Zimbabwe at this time this period of history has potent memories My family endured our own walk of grief A deathly silence when the first of the two viscount aircraft scheduled passenger flights from Kariba was shot down shortly after the Elim mission atrocity What draws the reader into this account are the collective acts of kindness sense of purpose and at times it would seem sheer foolhardiness of these amazing saints They literally rise from these pages The bravery shown by Zimbabweans breaks your heart Those who worked alongside Steve’s parents and their collective missionary family to realise dreams for centres of educational excellence; to improve infrastructure and healthcare in amidst the hazards of war – these endeavours would otherwise be so easily overtaken by events This account also reminds us of these early stepping stones of empowerment Some laid in this part of the world with the ultimate sacrifice Many laid in precarious and politically charged times Young students those who survived the cross fire and turbulence are the leaders in their professions today Their testimony in this book attributes their survival to the determination and selfless bravery of these ordinary men and women I am so thankful to Steve for sharing their part of the story in the way that he has Gives further context to the decade of change that followed Knowing Steve’s parents sadly all too briefly – this book helps me to understand much I hope you will read it It is my daily deepest hope that the powerful impact of faith hope endurance which underlines all that Stephen has shared continues to inform the reasons that many continue to prevail for true nationhood in the politically charged complex arena that is Zimbabwe today


  3. says:

    We lived in Rhodesia from 1971 to 1981 and lived in Umtali for 3 years so know the area well We had just moved to Hartley before the Elim Mission Massacre and I remember it well I was not a Christian then but what had a deep impact on me was the forgiveness by the families of their children and grandchildren's murderers and it filled me with joy to read of some of them coming to faith in our LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ The only thing that made me feel uneasy was Stephen's use of the term freedom fighters instead of terrorists as Mugabe's people had been committing atrocities against the people of Manicaland for years before ElimIt is a sobering thought that as Stephen says by the UK government glossing over Mugabe's involvement in this atrocity it gave him the freedom to commit on a national scale and now Zuma having seen how the West has been unwilling to get involved in Zimbabwe is encouraging his people to do the same in South Africa


  4. says:

    This was one of those books that I simultaneously wanted to hurry through to see what was happening and yet wanted to slow down to savor and ponder At the same time while I knew what was coming it’s in the subtitle of the book and wanted to push the book away because of that it drew me in taking care to prepare and usher me into the grisly reality of the evil of man on the most personal level as well as the macro level of the socio political realm Also in the subtitle but a pleasant surprise nonetheless was the redemptive hope revealed A gruesome act does not define the story; it unfolds into a hope realized on so many levelsThis book touches on so many areas in a meaningful way God and humanity and evil and good purposes injusticeanger marriage the “ministry life” life by the Spirit of God sorrow suffering joy privilege hatredforgiveness and especially deep and profound friendship There was “CSI” Crime Scene Investigations politics and political machinations the role of missionaries in society and a good wrestling through social activism and evangelism with the fruitfulness of a holistic approach to life and ministry on display Highly recommended