meeting Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Posted on: August 2nd, 2016

It’s not often that you get to meet a Nobel Peace Prize winner. And it was an honour to meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu in St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town. During the 7:15am service where he presided, we experienced his wonderfully contagious giggle and smile. He asked everyone to stand who was not normally part of the Friday am service, and one by one people introduced themselves.

It was very moving to imagine all that he has been through, all that he has struggled for in South Africa, all that he has stood for.

After the communion part of the service, Tutu blessed each person as they exited, then sat down for a photo session with whoever wanted a picture with him. So here we are:

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It’s great to have traveling hosts who have the inside scoop. After the early service, Andrew and Karen brought us to a place where Tutu often comes for Friday morning breakfast. And sure enough, he came!

While we were waiting for our food, Eden and Sammie made drawings to give him. Here’s Eden’s drawing. Tutu said, “Hey! That’s me in my vestments!”

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Sammie drew a kudu for him and wrote “this is a kudu” on the paper. His genuine delight in children shone through as he happily received their drawings.

Truly, truly, a morning to remember!

 

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