Last night, the Brethren in Christ Historical Society hosted an evening of storytelling with Edgar Moyo, who grew up among the Brethren in Christ in Zimbabwe. Moyo’s affable manner and plentiful supply of recollections and anecdotes made for a delightful hour.
A few story highlights:
1. Edgar shared that the Ndebele name for the Brethren in Christ Church translates to English as “siblings in Christ.” While recounting this, he quipped, “I don’t know how they got [pioneer Brethren in Christ missionary to Africa] Jesse Engle to go along with that . . .”
2. Edgar’s father, Mapendhla Moyo, attended Messiah College in the 1960s as an older, non-traditional student. One of his instructors at the college was E. Morris Sider — who, according to Edgar’s accounting, was in fact younger than Mapendhla, thus enabling the Zimbabwean to refer to his professor as “Kid.”
3. “George Bundy saved a boy’s life”: Edgar recalled an incident at Mtshabezi Mission wherein a young boy was severely injured and required immediate medical attention beyond what could be offered at the mission hospital. The only problem? The nearest hospital was a significant distance away. One onlooker exclaimed, “The only person who can drive fast enough is George Bundy!” George, who had been serving at the mission, indeed drove fast enough, and got the boy safely to the hospital, where he eventually recovered.
Readers: If you were at last night’s event, what were your favorite stories?
If you couldn’t make it to last night’s event, stay tuned — I have it on good authority that pictures of the gathering are forthcoming!