The Axe and the Tree Paperback

How Bloody Persecution Sowed the Seeds of New Life in Zimbabwe

by Stephen Griffiths;


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From persecution to flourishing, this story of missionaries in Zimbabwe shares not only the devastating cost of mission, but also the countless rewards. 

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The Axe and the Tree

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  • For readers looking for a reaffirming biography on where God is amidst tragedy, or anyone wanting to discover a missionary story like no other
  • Want an encouraging look at  the courage of missionaries who continue to trust God throughout tragedy?
  • Know that God never leaves, even when times are tough, through this affirming true-life biography

UK Missionaries Peter and Brenda Griffiths experienced the height of tragedy amidst the Vumba Massacre in the 1970s, and yet still continued to live out their faith. This biography will encourage its readers of the priceless power of remaining faithful to God long-term, and will leave your trust in God reaffirmed for the world.

A missionary biography that documents the trials and transformations of the lives of Peter and Brenda Griffiths. As Elim Missionaries in Zimbabwe, they were witness to the heartbreaking atrocity that rocked the missionary community, but stood up as an inspiring example of being beacons of God's love in the darkest of times, and lived out a forgiveness that seemed impossible.

A testament to God's power to forgive incomprehensible evil, and a story of unrelenting Grace and choosing to forgive the unforgivable, The Axe and the Tree shows all that has happened since the Vumba Massacre in the 1970s, as told by Peter and Brenda's son, and is a bold calling to trust God always. 

Whether you are a missionary yourself, connected with those in mission, or seeking to know how God works in Churches in other parts of the world, The Axe and the Tree will challenge you in your faith, and inspire you in God's goodness. Peter and Brenda's story of working for God in Zimbabwe, through schools, churches and hospitals is a lasting story as today, across the country, Churches are growing out of the shadow of the Vumba Massacre, and into new light and new life. 

The Axe and the Tree by Stephen Griffiths was published by Lion Hudson Plc in February 2017 and is our 545th best seller. The ISBN for The Axe and the Tree is 9780857217899.

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Publisher's Description

UK Missionaries Peter and Brenda Griffiths experienced the height of tragedy amidst the Vumba Massacre in the 1970s, and yet still continued to live out their faith. This biography will encourage its readers of the priceless power of remaining faithful to God long-term, and will leave your trust in God reaffirmed for the world.

A powerful account of British missionaries, Peter and Brenda Griffiths, who played a critical role in the development of the Elim church in the aftermath of the Vumba massacre. Peter and Brenda Griffiths, Steve's parents and their team had set up a superb secondary school, only for guerrillas to slaughter almost all the staff.

After the funerals of those that had been killed Peter maintained that forgiveness for those who had attacked was the Christian thing to do. Despite the question of forgiveness becoming a very controversial issue in Zimbabwe.

Sadly Peter dies prematurely of a brain tumour and Brenda is repeatedly robbed and ultimately flees the country in her 70s, leaving behind the ruins of all she sought to accomplish. Yet this is not the end of the story. Many students she and Peter taught have kept their faith, though scattered across the country, and many are now in positions of leadership and influence.

The secondary school is now twice the size it was before the massacre, and the strong Christian church in Zimbabwe today continues to honour Peter and Brenda's courage and sacrifice.

Contents

1. The Dream

2. Stream of the Lion Spirit

3. Peculiar People and Publicans

4. The River Cuts New Channels

5. Among Worlds

6. Rushing Wind

7. The Blind Killer

8. Hammer and Anvil

9. A Greater Dagger

10. Eagle School

11. The Devil's Kick

12. In High Places

13. Burning On, Burning Bright

14. Whispers and Rumours

15. More Alive Than Ever

16. "We'll Find Out Later"

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Details for The Axe and the Tree

Page last updated 25th May 2017
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherLion Hudson Plc (February 2017)
Weight356g
Number of Pages368
Thickness22 mm
Height198 mm
Width130 mm
ISBN9780857217899
ISBN-100857217895
Product Code4492115
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