I've just got back from 'Hlalanathi Methodist Preaching Place', the church plant that we are working on in a nearby informal settlement. Today we put glass into the windows of the garage that we are using as a church building. There are two small rows of cottage pane windows and a bigger panel of windows with a French door where the garage door used to be. Two members of our own church (North Rand Methodist) as well as myself and the 'minister-in-charge', Vuyelwa, were there. There were also about ten people from the local congregation. Vuyelwa had organised paint and rollers and brushes, so they also painted the inside of the building. This was so awesome as at the end of last year we would have been glad to have ten people at a church service, let alone pitch up to do manual labour. God is working. We achieved three really important things today. Firstly, the local congregation 'bought in' to the building and got involved in improving it themselves. Secondly, Hlalanathi and North Rand worked side by side, both financially and in a hands-on sense to improve the building. Thirdly, the building is now nicer and shows the community that we care about God, about each other and that we want to have a nice place to worship.
Now I just need to get the smell of putty off my fingers. What a privilege to work with Jesus in this way.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Growing a Church
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Hi Jenny, May I add my thank you first for what you do there and to God for what is happening. As the "parent" of the church there I am overjoyed to see what is happening. I recall me saying "Why don't you take it over". If only the other preaching places could have the same support as North Rand does we would have been further ahead in these areas. Weel done North Rand.
Thanks Herman. You are certainly leaving a legacy with your work in the informal settlements. I am very happy to help with carrying it on. But pray for next year when I must also move on . . .
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