The girls and I were in the bazaar so I popped into the pharmacy to get something for my nausea. I had been feeling sick for a while. We seemed to live with those feelings so it wasn’t really a big deal but Tony was away in Australia and New Zealand and I didn’t want whatever it was to get worse. I was also feeling really tired. We had visitors every month and life was full on and I needed to be well.
Our Tibetan friend Sonam and Vijay Masih were in Australia with Tony. He wanted them to meet our friends from NCMI and see that we were part of something bigger. We were so grateful for the many friends we had made in South Africa. Many of them had visited us and helped us to get the community up and running. It was an exciting, fast growing movement. After we left South Africa there had been an explosion of community planting all over the world.
A couple of years before that, we were stuck. There were international sanctions against South Africa and we were an “unwanted” people. The world wanted us to change our racial policy; a fair request. Things started to change when Nelson Mandela become the first black president of South Africa. The world loved us again and we became the “Rainbow Nation.”
In the late eighties our prophetic, eccentric friend, Malcolm Du Plessis, prophesied, that in a few years we would be bumping into each other in international airports. Many of us took it with a pinch of salt, having no idea how that could possibly happen. From May 1994, our prison doors opened and we were free. Then we were everywhere.
Many left South Africa for safety reasons. They wanted their children to have a quality of life. Many left because they were racists and couldn’t stand the idea of being ruled by a black political party. Unfortunately they took their racism with them and struggled with people of colour wherever they went. Many were fearful. There were prophecies that there would be a blood bath. It was a miracle there wasn’t. White South Africans had been dominating the majority for generations. They had no idea how the majority would treat them now that the tide had turned.
There was also a prophetic word that the nations would call South Africa. She would be a lighthouse to the nations who were still struggling with racism. South Africans had been there and done that. They had fought the apartheid system and won. It was a miracle and no one could deny it. Tony was in Australia for one of the first NCMI conferences with excited, wide-eyed South Africans carrying brand new suitcases.
The girls and I got home and I unpacked my packet from the pharmacy. I asked the girls to come with me to see what I had bought.
It took me ages to get hold of Tony in New Zealand where he was visiting his family. International calls were always a challenge. When he finally got on the phone, I didn’t ask him how he was. The girls were shrieking and jumping around. Through all the crackling and chaos, I shouted, “I’m pregnant!”