all of that, by God’s grace. We’ve had so
many of our people killed. We have lost so
many in such tragic circumstances. But
despite those terrible things we can still
love God and serve God, and love each
other and serve each other. So, however
awful the situation is, we are still fervent
in our prayer and fervent in our hope. We
might not have much to give to the rest of
the world and give to the rest of the Church,
and we are so thankful that so much of the
Church remains with us, stands with us
and helps us. What we have is love. And we
can share that love continually.
FT: A focus of your work is reconciliation.
You’ve spoken about the simple act of meeting
together to eat.
a W: When we meet, we eat.
F T: We like that motto.
a W: We always invite people to dine with
us. You want to kill us? Well, come and
eat first and we will talk about it. When
you are eating with someone, it is very
difficult not to be their friend. When
you’ve heard their story, when you’ve
looked into their eyes, you become one
F T: How do you define reconciliation?
a W: Reconciliation is the very heart of the
Christian message because it is about becoming one with God. Reconciled with
God and therefore reconciled [with] each
other. It happens through love. Love your
enemies. Love me. Love, love, love. And
that is the message. My motto is simply,
“Don’t take care, take risks.” It is risky business. Without taking risks, we can’t achieve
anything. We just remain safe. There is
nothing worse than a safe, boring Church.
a W: And we need to radically give to God
and radically receive from God. And we
FT: When we think of ISIS, when we talk about
things like the “Muslim threat,” should we be
a W: Well, as a nation you have recently suffered serious attacks from Islam gone
wrong. I think we all have a role to play in
Islam going right and Islam going wrong. All
my work looking after the Christian min-orities in the North, providing them with
food, beds, sustenance, living facilities – all