White South Africans, especially the Afrikaners, face perhaps the greatest threat to their existence in centuries on the continent after South African president Jacob Zuma recently came out in support of confiscating white-owned property without compensation.
There are well-founded fears of “genocide” against white South Africans amid reports of surging crime, especially against farmers. And white South Africans face even more race-based laws and regulations than existed under apartheid, driving minority white South Africans out of the economy and forcing many into squalid squatter camps.
Christian missionary Charl van Wyk saw the hate directed against the Christian Afrikaners with his own eyes in 1993 when terrorists burst into St. James Church and killed 11 people. Van Wyk opened fire with his own sidearm, startling the terrorists who expected nothing but unarmed victims, and causing them to flee.
He recounted his experiences in “Shooting Back: The Right and Duty of Self-Defense.”
Now, he is calling for a spiritual awakening among his people, the Afrikaners.
“It was not language or country of origin which primarily dominated Afrikaner identity – for there were Dutch, German and French speakers,” van Wyk said of the Afrikaners. “Nor was it his geographical position, as they were living across the Cape, Orange Free State, the Transvaal Republic and the Republic of Natalia. The Christian faith is what distinguished the Boer. The further the Afrikaner has moved away from his love and relationship with his God of the Bible and focused on land, language and skin color, the more his Christian identity has been eroded. The most important historical attribute of the Boer (Afrikaner) was the fact that he was Christian!”
One of the most important milestones in the history of the Afrikaner people was the Battle of Blood River, a struggle between a few hundred “Voortrekkers,” or pioneers, and between 15,000 to 21,000 Zulus in 1838. Before the battle, the Afrikaners took a vow to God to build a church if He would give them victory. The Voortrekkers won the day and the “Day of the Vow” became a central element of Afrikaner nationalism.