by Bill Batson
According to the most recent reports, Nelson Mandela’s health is improving, but his condition is still serious. I spent the entire week leading up to Father’s Day thinking about South Africa’s first democratically elected President. Mandela and my father are about the same age. Just this January, my father was hospitalized for a week with a lung infection similar to the one that Mandela is fighting.
Having lived in South Africa for two years in the 90s, I was privileged to meet Mandela and some of the men who served time with him during the 27 years of captivity that preceded his presidency. Here are two illuminating anecdotes about Mandela that I meditated on this Father’s Day weekend.