Regards to your parents and aunt Maria, and blessings in the Lord,
(Rev. Prof. Dr. Francis Nigel Lee)
FROM: Mr. Cornelius Witbooi,
Reg. No. 94714995, Brandvlei Med. A.,
Private Bag X3064, Worcester 6850,
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA,
TO: Rev. Prof. Dr. F.N. Lee,
3 Kenya Street, Wavell Heights,
Q. 4012, AUSTRALIA.
(TRANSLATION) REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA,
3rd March, 1999
Once again it is a privilege for me through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ the All-Highest One, to address this letter to you. I hope it will find you and your family well, through the will of Jesus Christ.
Brother, the Bible says that God sent His only Son to the Earth in order to die for our sins, so that we need not perish but have everlasting life — and that this is to be received only by way of conversion.
Brother, I am now writing this my second letter this year to you in the hope that it will reach you. My family and I are okay. Although it is now almost three years since I heard from my mother, father, brother and two sisters — I believe that they too are all right. I contracted tuberculosis in jail, but am praying that it will heal and that I will one day again be able to see my family — if God spares us.
I am sorry for the loss I caused you [by killing your father]. When I today think back about it — which deprived me of my freedom — my heart is heavy. I repent of what I did, and ask God for forgiveness, to fill up the gap caused by my transgression. Therefore, friend, I ask also you to forgive me…. What I have done will always be held against me, for not everyone can forgive and forget. It is not that I want it forgotten about, but I only wish to think about it less bitterly. That is my heart's desire.
Brother, I close this letter with my greeting to your family and friends. The Lord is the Shepherd of all of us, and He leads us to still waters. He also leads us in the ways of righteousness for the sake of His Name. Read Psalm 23 — "The Lord is my Shepherd!"
TO THE ABOVE LETTER, I RESPONDED (TRANSLATION):
23rd June, 1999
Many thanks for your second letter to me of this year, dated 3rd March. It arrived while I was travelling round the World again. I have only now returned and read your most recent words. But by now you will probably have received my previous letter to you, airmailed on 21st April in answer to your previous letter to me of 16th January 1999.
I am sorry to learn that you have contracted tuberculosis in jail. I will certainly pray for your complete recovery, according to the will of the Lord (II Corinthians 12). I already forgave you for murdering my father, years ago — even though of course you must still serve out your sentence.
I retold our story in a jail in America. The prisoners (3/4s Black and 1/4 White) were deeply moved. They then sang me "Amazing Grace" — under a Choir Director now serving a life sentence. Amazing grace indeed!