Author Charl Van Wyk will be in Payson Wednesday to talk about his experiences standing up to terrorists on July 25, 1993 in South Africa.
Van Wyk's book is titled "Shooting Back: The Right and Duty of Self-Defense." The title is a reference to his own experience shooting back at terrorists who attacked a congregation in what later became known as the St. James Massacre.
He will be at the Fireside Espresso on Highway 87 at 7 p.m. Wednesday to chronicle his experience.
Van Wyk said the day when he had to respond to action was one that changed his life forever.
He said there was a terrorist attack in his church, James Church in Cape Town, South Africa.
The terrorists killed 11 people and wounded another 54, which resulted in Van Wyk returning fire with the gun he always carried, wounding one of the terrorists.
His response to the attack resulted in the terrorists fleeing, though they were later captured and incarcerated.
Van Wyk is the director of Frontline Fellowship, director of Africa Christian Action, editor of Firearm News and manager of Christian Liberty Books, as well as an author.
After the St. James massacre, he received a citation from General Acker of the South Africa Police for his actions, which may have saved many lives.
The author has details of the terrorist attack as well as slides and pictures of the incident that he will share with audience members Wednesday.
He said part of his speech in Payson on Wednesday will focus on the Gospel and Jesus Christ. Van Wyk will be joined Wednesday by Rev. Bo Bathman. Van Wyk is traveling through the organization In Touch Mission International.
Van Wyk will also be selling his book.
The book deals with three main questions:
- Should the public carry firearms?
- When is it appropriate to defend oneself and one's family.
- What can people do when the freedom to carry arms is legislated away from the public?
His book is dedicated to all the victims of crime who did not have the means to defend themselves and to all people living in gun-free zones who do not have the right to defend themselves.