in the mercy offered then, and the miracle
of changed lives. Now he wanted such a
story for Chris Mnguni.
He got all that and more.
When he met with Mnguni on that day
in the prison, he told the account of
Mnguni listened. So did the legal
team assembled around the two men.
“It’s a very vivid story, a graphic
story,” says Comrie. “When I looked
up at the detective chief inspector, he was
crying. It was with deep gratitude to God
that I realized the privilege of it all.”
Comrie gave the prisoner a Bible. “I
knew that God was moving. I felt my
weakness very, very deeply at that par-
Later that day Mnguni pleaded not
guilty to the charge of murder, even
though he had clearly said, “I’m sorry,” to
Comrie earlier that day.
But the story did not end there. Neither
did Comrie’s courage in asking bold ques-
tions in risky places.
In a subsequent trip back to South Africa, Comrie and a chaplain showed up at
the prison where Mnguni was now serving
his sentence for Sheila’s murder. Against all
the rules (again) Comrie met face to face
with the man – and realized he was in the
presence of a changed person who had declared Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour
and had been reading his Bible.
The encounters between Comrie and
Mnguni – all of them done on a wing and
a prayer – continued.
Mnguni has shared the gospel with his
fellow prisoners, many of whom have begun
the process of turning their lives around.
A chaplaincy program that once lay
dormant at this prison has reignited,
thanks to Mnguni’s conversion and Com-
“The fact is that in the economy of God,
Sheila’s murder was somehow allowed, and
in the mercy of God, this wonderful fruit has
emerged, not just in Chris [Mnguni]’s
life, but in the life of a hundred other
murderers now who have come to
faith in Jesus Christ,” says Comrie.
“When you look at that kind of
outcome, you just say, ‘Glory to God.’
It’s not about us, it’s all about Him.
“Forgiveness is just such a basic in
our Christian life. If we ever try and do it
in our own strength, it doesn’t work. But
if you know that God is in it, that it’s all
of Him, I believe these ripples will go on.
“We are espousing a biblical principle
that, when it’s not just spoken but lived
out, it will change lives.”
Two years ago Chris Mnguni changed
his plea to the charge of murdering Roy
Comrie’s sister to guilty. FT
Karen Stiller of Port Perry, ont., is a
senior editor at Faith Today.
“forgiveness is just such a basic in our Christian life.
If we ever try and do it in our
own strength, it doesn't work.”