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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE 1874 APARTHEID: Spiritual chief praises U.S. firm By GEORGE W. CORNELL AP Religion Writer NEW YORK (AP) A spiritual chieftain of blacks in South-West Africa, invited to take part in church criticisms of a U.S. firm operating in his homeland, had in contrast some words of praise. "The Americans are going their best by my Bishop Leonard Auala said in an interview. "The company men do not want to dis- criminate. Only because of the apartheid policies, they have to listen." His gentle manner injected a moderating some the U.S. church P3SG At the same time, however, he condemned the racial sepa- ration of apartheid. Despite the problems, he said he strongly opposes efforts to get American firms to withdraw operations in protest to apartheid, saying such action would leave blacks jobless and without means of livelihood. -Something is better than he said. "My people work for the Americans, and we are satisfied with those CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST 42511th St. S. J R CHAPMAN. Minister MR. D. MAiSEY.. Organist "DIAL AN ANSWER" 327-4774 Family Service 10-00 a.m. (Worship service for adults S S. Classes for Children) EVERYBODY WELCOME white people. They also are against apartheid, but have to follow South Africa's laws." Bishop Auala, 65, a heavy set, courtly men with crew- cut gray hair, heads the Evangelical Lutheran Ovambokavango Church in Namibia (South-West Africa) whose members make up half the mainly black popu- lation of that disputed territory. "My people want to be a free and independent nation, black and white together, hand in hand, one he said. "Black people need white people and their skills. We're not against white people, only against discrimination." The bishop was on hand for a stockholders' meeting Wednesday in Wilmington, Del., of the Newmont Mining Corp.. largest employer in Namibia, regarding a resolution by United Church boards, holding million worth of shares. The resolution called for "fair employment" standards of equal pay and opportunity without regard to race, and for efforts to modify any laws where they may interfere with achieving that objective. Blacks in Namibia now get less than a sixth the wages of whites, the church documentation said. Rev. Dr. Howard Schomer, the church's international af- fairs secretary who visited the company's Namibia sites, said black workers were kept crowded in bunkhouses, apart from families. He called their living conditions inhuman. Disagreeing with Bishop Auala that the Americans did their he suggested the bishop to wages and to Ameri- can racial "attitudes." "Attitudes, the bishop nodded "The relation of black people and American employers is better than with South African white supremacists. With them, we are far apart." He spread his hands wide. "There is a wall between us. But not with the American whites." There are about whites among the people of Namibia, over which South Africa has continued to exercise authority in defiance of United Nations' action calling the South African administration there illegal. Religion CWL national convention The 54th annual national convention of the Catholic Women's League of Canada will be held in Vancouver, August 4- 10, at the Walter Gage residence on the University of British Columbia campus. m The Vancouver archdiocesan council will host the 200 delegates from across Canada who will represent a membership expanded upon in depth on August 7, when a mini July in sonS Pat Boone appears on the Oral Roberts evangelistic show, 7 p.m. son9, P. b e sessions, reporting and will be climaxed at the convention banquet. Bishop Adam Exner, OMI, the new Bishop of Kamloops, B.C. will be the guest SPTheepurpose of the national convention is both and educational for League members who focus their volunteer endeavors on church and community life and the economic- civic and social needs of Canada. Treasure watch requested ROMF (Reuter) Italy's bishops, custodians of some of fiow of priceless masterpieces into Snake handlers claim tected. Lutheran irks Cape Town CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 1203 4th AVE.S SUNDAY 8.15 CJOC The TRUTH That HEALS 9.30 a School 11 00 am "CHRISTIAN SCIENCE" Wednesday. p m Testimony Meeting READING ROOM Open Noon 2-00 p.m. TUBS Thurs Sat By HUMPHREY TYLER Christian Science Monitor CAPE TOWN, South Africa The South African govern- ment has been highly em- barrassed by a soft spoken Lutheran minister named Dr. Manas Buthelezi, who was "banned" five months ago, then suddenly released from all restrictions. The government decision to lift the ban on Dr. Buthelezi, the cousin of Zula Chief Minister Gatsha Buthelezi, is surprising for several reasons. For a start, it is highly un- BETHANY BAPTIST CHURUH (North American Baptist Geperal Conference) 329 -19th Street North H. 328-2045 -Sunday and English classes) 11-00 Worship Service 7-00 p Gospel Service -We preach Christ the Power and the Wisdom of God" a.m. p.m. Chinese Alliance Services Pastor J. Chuang School of Living Water" WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD (Affiliated with Ambassador College' SATURDAY, JULY 6 at a.m. LETHBR10GE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE LARGELECTURETHEATRE 5th ATS. ft 18ft St. South Minister RICHARD WL01NG. Ph 288-4087 (Cottedl Listen to GARNER TED ARMSTRONG ON CFCN RADIO and TELEVISION Lethbridge Independent Baptist Church Interested in Pure Bible Study? In What Christ Has For You? Meet With Us Around God's Word MONDAYS at p.m. 1714.14th South THE SALVATION ARMY 1302-Wi AvsnweS Corps Officers MAJORS TwaMA M CORNEY. JOAN M PIEflCE a.m School a.m Worship Service WE INVITE YOU TO MAKE THE ARMY YOUR CfUfiCH HOME usual for the government to lift bans it has imposed on anyone. Then, there is no doubt that Dr. Buthelezi still subscribes to views that are extremely offensive to many white nationalists. Specifically, Dr. Buthelezi is one of a group of black ministers who suggest that although South Africa's whites might call themselves Christians, the way they have behaved toward the blacks is un-Christian. Instead, this black group proposes that black ministers should set up "missions" in white areas, to teach the whites the "truth" about Christianity especially brotherly love. The government issued a banning order against Dr. Buthelezi about five months ago. In terms of the order he was officially "silenced." Nothing he said could be quoted either verbally or in print. In addition, he was prohibited from attending gatherings of any kind. The banning order raised a storm. Clergymen of all races protested, and the South African Council of Churches warned the government that this sort of act caused hostili- ty and that this particular banning was "a flagrant in- citement of the black people of South Africa." The banning also had im- mediate repercussions for South Africa at a meeting in Addis Ababa of the Organiza- tion of African Unity, which was being attended by Chief Gatsha Buthelezi. Chief Gatsha said he was upset by the news of the bann- ing just at a time when he was urging nonviolent methods to bring about change in South Africa in the face of taunts by other delegates. Pressure from Chief Gatsha may, in fact, have been one of the reasons for its cannings, so it has refused to give details of why it has lifted the ban. Minister of Justice Jannie Kruger would only say: "All I can tell you is that I called for a report on the present ac- tivities of Dr. Buthelezi and I was satisfied that I could lift the order." Asked if this was Ibe first time a ban had been lifted this way. Mr. Kruger said: "No. no. That is entirely wrong. As a matter of fact I lift them every month But this seems to be Uie first of its kind recorded by the press in South Africa. As for Dr. Buthelezi himself, he said: "As far as I am concerned, I have always been innocent and the lifting of Uie order is a vindication of my innocence and integrity Nonetheless, it is a most un- usual thing for the South African government which tends to cultivate an image of granite like inflexibility to admit it might have been wrong, or that it has changed its mind. By STRAT DOUTHAT KISTLER, W.Va. (AP) Alongside Buffalo Creek sits a drab, two-storey building cov- ered with aluminum siding and a heavy coat of grey dust. From the outside, the building looks neglected and little used. But one recent evening, it was the scene of fervent activity. It is the Jesus Church of Kistler, the house of worship where, on that evening, a six- foot rattler provided Rev. Richard Lee Williams, visiting from Ohio, with the ultimate test of faith. was just a couple of feet away from him when he was recalled Cecil Browning in a subsequent interview. -A lot of us had already had victory over the serpent. He had handled it, too, and had put it back in the box; then he said a few words and got it out again. That's when it bit him. It was on the left palm. "The blood spurted out. But he just kept on talkin'. We took him to Brother Evans' house later and the saints prayed for him all night. I stayed with him until 4 a.m. mvself." Browning, a small man in his 60s, continued his narrative: are widespread in the southern United States and in parts of Appalachia. Services are usually held by Pentecostal and Holiness Church members who in- terpret the Bible literally. Al- though they are illegal in Ken- tucky, Tennessee and Virginia, the law is difficult to enforce. of Faithful Died next day "He died the next afternoon about three o'clock. "I've been going to this church about 10 years but I'll tell you. that's the first time I ever seen anything like that." A former coal miner, Browning lives the life of a pensioner at Switzer. 20 miles from Kistler. He said he first "defeated the serpent" about a year ago. Browning said the church had had several services since Mr. Williams' death and that attendance had been good. "And as for his father, I'd say his faith is stronger, if anything." Rev. Kelly Williams, father of the dead man, is pastor of the Jesus churches at Kistler and Micco, a tiny community just south of Switzer. "You talk to Browning said. A meeting was arranged at a restaurant in Logan, a coal- industry town. -'We're aware the general public doesn't believe and doesn't said the elder Mr. Williams. "But we're sure if they knew the truth about it, they would understand why we do it. They might not accept it, but they would understand. "As it is. they just think we're a bunch of crazy people." Mr. Williams estimates he has handled a "boxcar load of snakes." He says he has survived six bites since he took up his first snake in 1948. The churches at Micco and Kistler were founded in the mid-1950s, he said, after a travelling evangelist named Effie Gilliam held a tent revival featuring serpent handling. "It was a rattler. I didn't have no fear. You overcome your fear by asking God: that's where you get the victory. If you're not afraid, then the snake stays calm. "It's a wonderful feeling, to be at them services, but I'll tell you. you don't reach in every time. You wait for Uie Lord to anoint death in that box." Browning reflected a mo- ment. "Richard Lee was only 33, the same age as Jesus when he died. And he had a little baby and a young wife. You know he didn't want to leave them; he did it for us. Nobody made him do it. Why. that brother laid down his life for his church and his belief." Churches handling poisonous snakes in services seeing this boy's victory faith, strengthened theirs. "The Bible says the last enemy we face is death and we seen this boy's victory over death. We seen him change. There was a love of God in him that we had never seen before. I've never seen a happier man in my life. "He said: 'Dad, don't worry about me now. I wouldn't take nothing for my journey with Jesus.'" A former coal minor, Mr. Williams devotes himself full time to his two churches. "I've got two other sons and two he said. 'Richard Lee was my middle boy. He was the assistant pastor at a church in Columbus and he was back here for a revival at the church down at Kistler." The rattler that inflicted the fatal wound went to its own reward a few days after the funeral. Apparently it was a natural death. "Right now, we don't have Mr. Williams said. "We don't always handle them. Sometimes we have them there and they're never out of the box, and sometimes you'll handle them two or three times: it just depends on the spirit. Mr. Williams is 5o. In his younger days, "before I got the Holy Ghost." he said he was a carouser. "It changed my life and my son's life, too. He was an alco- holic before he came into the church 7Vz years ago. It saved him from alcohol." Mr. Williams said his church bases its faith on the gospel according to St. Mark. Chapter 16. verses 17 and 18. In these passages, Jesus has been crucified and has risen. He is giving his disciples some last-minute instructions before ascending into heaven. Church "This report on our drive was to be announced by our attendance chairman, but he's tied up in a golf tournament." NORBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH 10.00 School (Classes for all ages) Service I Sermon: "The Conquest of Adversity" I EVERYONE IS WELCOME The Church in Canada 1402 8 Ave. N. Pastor: D. Sipe Church of the Nazarene 9-45 School a.m.-Worship Service Rev. Deasley Speaking 7-00 p m Service by N.Y.P.S. Explanation "The public thinks if one of them bites somebody, our people are scared off but it's not so. This serpent was han- dled with great victory many times after that boy of mine died. "We realize that when death comes to a man, God has done it. Now. some people can't un- derstand why God would do such a thing, but they don't un- derstand the glory God will get: you take our saints, it has given them a much greater zeal. "Of course, had this boy gone W the hospital and then died, it might of hurt their faith. But he refused to go or to take any medicine And "And these signs shall follow them that believe." Mark quotes Jesus as saying. "In my name they shall cast out devils: they shall speak with new tongues: shall take up serpents: and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. "So then, after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was re- ceived up into Heaven, and sat on the right hand of God." CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF UTTER DAY SAINTS Everyone Welcome FIRST. SECOND and SEVENTH WARDS: 1912 10th Avenue South THIRD and FOURTH WARDS: 28th Street South and Scenic Drive FIFTH and SIXTH WARDS: 2223 6th Avenue 'A' North STUDENT BRANCH: 28lh Street South PLEASE PHONE 328-8305 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION Anglican dean announced EDMONTON Rev. J. Russell Brown. 39. the Edmonton-born rector of St. Aidan's Church in Winnipeg, has been named Anglican dean of Edmonton as of iept. 1 He will succeed Very Rev. Randal! Ivany, now Alberta's om- budsman, as dean and rector of All Saints' Cathedral. Rt Rev W Gerald Burch, Anglican Bishop of Edmonton, said in announcing the appointment he expects to install Canon Brown early in September. Canon Brown was educated in Edmonton and is a graduate of Emmanuel College, Saskatoon. A former-rector of Timothv's Church. Edmonton and Ail Saints church in Drayton Vallev 'he has been rector of St. Aidan's for eight years. ST. ANDREW'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1818 Slh South U. D. HanWnaon. Mtntetor Mr. w. Vender KOOJF, Organtet FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 1614 -5th Ave. South O. ChorcWn, MlnWW Mr. Satry COMBINED SUMMER SERVICES AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 1000 ONE ANOTHER1 Rev. Keith Churchill preaching Nursery and Junior Church Provided YOU ARE WVITED TO WORSHIP WITH US ;