Monday, February 11, 2008

Hlalanathi Methodist Preaching Place

One of the projects I am starting the year with is working at Hlalanathi Preaching Place. I thought to try to document how it goes on this blog. I wish I could see the end already - should one record something that could well fail?
Hlalanathi is a Methodist Preaching Place in an informal settlement near Randburg. This year it has a minister who will be looking after it and I am also helping. The minister, Vuyelwa, is also working at our church, but this is one of her main responsibilities. It's exciting because there is so much potential to build a church in this area, but the manpower has not been available before. Already the congregation has grown from 3 or 4 to about 15.
The church meets in a garage attached to a pre-school. The garage is in the process of being renovated and one of our projects is to get glass put in the windows (to keep the chickens out, amongst other things). Vuyelwa and I are taking turns preaching, at the moment, but I'm not sure if it wouldn't be better for her to preach more often (as I have to preach in English).
We are looking and listening!


Anonymous said...

I think it's worth recording something, even if it does fail eventually. Sometimes the journey is as important as the destination and sometimes by paying a bit more attention to the journey, we'll make it to the destination where we wouldn't have before.

David Barbour said...

My pearl of wisdom!!

Keep preaching there. The body of Christ in South Africa is in such need of integrity and the cutting edge of ministry is in how we worship and live together. Go for it.

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Jenny Hillebrand said...

Thanks for the encouragement Arwen and David. I think we are going to make things happen there, with God's power and blessing!