Featured Peacemaker: Lisa Gibson
As news of ISIS fills the headlines and the thoughts of people around the world today, we find ourselves, especially as followers of Jesus, asking how we should respond.
Lisa Gibson is one person who has been personally affected by terrorism and has lived out forgiveness in a profound and extraordinary way. When she was an 18 year-old college student, her brother was killed in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing as terrorists bombed the plane he was on, killing everyone on board. Since then, she has given her life to understanding terrorism and being, as she calls herself, an “ambassador of reconciliation.” In 2009 she even met with and personally extended forgiveness to Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan dictator believed to be the mastermind behind the attack. Her story, and the story of that meeting, has been told around the world (see more from CNN, BBC, and Wall Street Journal).
Lisa, also an attorney, is now a conflict mediator, having worked with heads of state and traveled to various countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya to train leaders. She is also a best-selling and award-winning author, having written several books about her experiences and lessons learned. Lisa shares her personal story in depth in Life in Death: A Journey from Terrorism to Triumph and Leadership Lessons Learned from Muammar Gaddafi.
More from Lisa Gibson:
Audio of Lisa sharing her story at Evangelicals for Peace meeting in Washington, D.C.
CNN video coverage of Lisa's meeting with Gaddafi here and here
(note: The above clips both start with footage from the same interview between Gaddafi and CNN's Fareed Zakaria, but the following coverage is different.)