Out of the Black Shadows, a book review by Jim “Konedog” Koenig
Stephen Lungu has written a gripping biography of his violent young gang life from the slums of Rhodesia to the missionary pulpits all over the world – this is the remarkable story of Stephan Lungu.
A black boy orphaned by his mother to life on the streets at age 4, Stephen learned to do little more than survive. Taken in for awhile by a relative of his mother, Stephen left home and joined a gang by age 12. The gang, The Black Shadows, committed all sorts of violence, generally on the more wealthy white ruling class, robbing them at knife or club point of their money and possessions. People were stabbed to death, clubbed, and suffered all sorts of violence.
Stephen and his group were about to fire-bomb a missionary tent with thousands of worshipers, when Stephen was transformed by the born-again message of a recent woman, and then was convicted of his sinful state by the preacher. That night was the turning point of his life. He stopped his gang activities and began preaching the life-saving message of Jesus to anyone who would listen, especially on public buses, where he led many people to a knowledge of Christ.
Later taken in by a white missionary, the previous subject of his racial hatred, Stephen learned to read, write, and become a member of civilized society and the family of God. It took him over a decade of study, but soon he was ready to bring his message of transformation to greater Africa, and then later the world. Today, Mr. Lungu is a world-renown missionairy.
Stephen Lungu’s story is one of the power of God to transform even the vilest sinner into a loving child of God. It’s message is heart-warming and inspiring to all. Truly, no one is too far gone to respond to the message of God.
I was encouraged and inspired by Stephen’s story, and how God can powerfully transform even the worst sinner.
Buy this book and share it with a friend.
Jim “Konedog” Koenig