The Great Controversy – Touching Lives Around the World

Wendy Luhabe—South Africa

Wendy Luhabe

“I’m a revolutionary person, in a quiet sort of way,” Wendy Luhabe, of
Johannesburg, South Africa, once told a reporter. As one of South
Africa’s most prominent businesswomen and social entrepreneurs, Luhabe
has accomplished a lot. But it was the book The Great Controversy that changed her life forever.

Wendy Luhabe’s résumé is filled with high-powered positions and
numerous international awards—she sits on the boards of seven major
corporations and is a board member of the Johannesburg Securities
Exchange. She is cofounder of the Women Investment Portfolio Holdings
and was named one of the 50 Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World. In
2006 she was appointed the first female chancellor of the University of
Johannesburg. She holds influential appointments across Europe, and has
received a prestigious award from the World Economic Forum in
Switzerland and honors from Japan. She has authored a book, Defining Moments, whose profits, through the Wendy Luhabe Foundation, are utilized to educate young disadvantaged Black women.
A Life-changing Gift
Nothing seemed to slow down Luhabe, a superachiever, until she
fractured her ankle in early 2010. While she was recovering at home, a
friend shared with her a set of DVDs by Mark Woodman, a South African
evangelist who introduced her to the concept of the great controversy.
After she told her son Lumko and daughter-in-law Zanele about the
amazing things she was learning, Zanele gave her the book The Great Controversy,
by Ellen G. White. Eagerly Wendy read the book and was so impressed
that she visited the Adventist Book Center, where she purchased “the
whole set of books” by Ellen White.
In addition, Wendy contacted Paul Ratsara, president of the
Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division. Ratsara offered to study the
Bible with her, and six months later, on October 23, 2010, he had the
privilege of baptizing Wendy Luhabe into the Seventh-day Adventist
“Having been an Anglican all my life, and searching for the past 10
years for a church that stands for truth, I feel blessed that my path
was led to the Seventh-day Adventist Church,” says Wendy. “Ellen G.
White’s books have been invaluable. When I read The Great Controversy, I
understood for the first time the significance of what happened in the
Garden of Eden, the crucifixion of Christ, the deception of my former
religion, the fact that the world is characterized by either good or
evil, and ultimately the controversy between sin and righteousness.
“I have given copies of this book to many people to read—including a bishop of my previous church. The Great Controversy was instrumental in my decision to convert from the Anglican Church, and led me to my baptism in October 2010.”