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Former US President Barack Obama.(Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation)

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Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture 2018: Obama's full speech 

Former US President Barack Obama delivered the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg on Tuesday 17 July 2018. Here's the full transcript of his speech, based on the theme "Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World".

 All though we take it for granted, sanitation is a physical measure that has probably done more to increase human life span than any kind of drug or surgery (Deepak Chopra). The word sanitation also refers to the maintenance of hygienic conditions, through services such as garbage collection and wastewater disposal.

Postal operators need to wake up to their true potential and start using their enormous reserves of data, vast logistical fleets and infrastructure to lead the world on e-commerce, financial inclusivity and economic development.“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” said Charles Dickens, but for the world’s postal operators, it must sometimes appear that the good times are gone.

At the African Infrastructure Development Partnership (AFIDEP), our sole aim is to promote cooperative working between international business and bankable African projects. We work tirelessly to assist both sides to recognise the potential and implement strategies that lead to long-term prosperous business relationships, which are key to helping Africa stand on its own two feet and move it away from the aid culture that has been propagated for so many years.

Is there someone in your life you’re struggling to forgive?
Perhaps the situation goes back years and you just can’t let it go. You were so wounded. Or it may be the fight you had with a friend—or your spouse—and you’ve been so deeply hurt you’re having a tough time moving on.

One of the things you can count on in life is to be hit by unexpected storms. Those tempests in your life can throw you off course. Some can feel so devastating that you start to believe there’s no escape.

We all experience storms in our lives—those occasions that bring pain, suffering, or loss. It’s in turbulent times that all sorts of questions come to mind: Where is God? Why has this happened? Was it something I did? Did God cause it? If so, why? The only safe place to go for answers in tumultuous times is God's Word. Let's consider what it says about why God allows storms in our lives:

Key Passage: Luke 15:25-32

Supporting Scriptures: Matthew 11:28 | Luke 15:1-24 | John 3:16 | 1 John 1:9

SUMMARY

Jesus was a master storyteller who knew His audience as well as the condition of each heart.