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Pam Brown reports on some of the ministry taking place in the parish.
The Bible Study group and Sunday School of St Mark's, Humansdorp, visited Ons Tuiste on Tues 2 Dec for a Christmas tea with the group there who enjoy a home communion service every month given by assistant priest, Fiona Esterhuizen. This year's pre-Christmas visit was enlivened by songs from the children. A sumptuous tea was enjoyed by all.
A service of blessing was well attended at the ARV clinic, Humansdorp Hospital on Monday 1 Dec, World Aids Day. St Mark's Church, Humansdorp, continues to support staff and patients in every way possible - frozen soup is delivered weekly and monthly tea requirements are supplied.
The Rotary Club of Jeffrey's Bay sent Father Christmas with full sacks of presents for the children (no photos allowed) and a wonderful morning transpired. On the Monday, World AIDS Day, the church ladies sent in a wonderful array of cakes and savouries for the patients tea. Assistant priest, Fiona Esterhuizen, blessed the building, staff, patients, visitors and staff from the hospital who joined us on the lawn in front of the clinic for a time of prayer, remembrance and hope.
Our thanks to Matron Honey and her staff for such a welcome.
Pic (left): Olivia Mtetwa and Catherine Matflukiza hold the first quilt made by the Sinobomi Sewing circle using one of the machines donated by St Paul’s, Kent, UK. It is to be given to Magalind Kuhle who lost all her possessions in the last fire in Sea Vista. A work of love indeed!
Pic (right): The Bible Study group and Sunday School of St Mark's, Humansdorp, visit Ons Tuiste for a Christmas tea.
Pic (below): Matron Honey holds a cross donated to the clinic on the day- it was hand-crafted by a retired police officer in Storms River.
Kissing the feet of Jesus
[ Lynne Axon ]
Since 1999, St John’s in Walmer has been sending teams to Egypt, and more recently Sudan, to offer support and encouragement to Christians living and working in challenging circumstances.
After travels to these countries in September, the teams returned with eyes opened and hearts touched, filled with new insights and a deeper love for Our Father.
During a recent report-back to the church Sue Acton from Stutterheim had this to say about her second trip to Sudan. “On our second afternoon in Khartoum, we travelled to a refugee camp outside of the city. We met with the local pastor and had a time of sharing and praying with them. Before we left, he told us about a young woman who had had a baby four days earlier. The baby had died two days later. He asked us if we would go and pray for her. We walked through the village to her home, which was just a mud hut and a canopy in the open, where she lay resting on a bed with no mattress. Lynne and I sat on either side of her and the group prayed for her. She was only 15 years old and obviously in a lot of pain, both physically and emotionally. When the time came for us to leave, I kissed her on her forehead, which was feverish, hot, dusty and salty with perspiration. My initial impulse was to wipe my mouth clean, but in that split second I had a picture of Jesus and of kissing his feet, which were hot, dusty and salty. As we left, we looked back and she smiled for the first time. We later heard that she had started to improve from that day on.”
Our brothers and sisters in Sudan suffer great hardship from a government that ignores them, and puts them out in the desert with nothing - no schools, no access to medical treatment and no hope of living a decent life. Many have fled to the north from their homes in Darfur, Southern Sudan or the Nuba Mountains, where war and persecution are the order of the day. Yet they remain firm in their faith of the Lord Jesus Christ. We at St John’s will continue to support them.
Pic: Team members with Sudan refugee in makeshift shelter.
.. the sheep on the right.. as ZRF and St Paul's combine
Instead of reading the Gospel at St Paul’s on Sunday 30
November, when members of Zwartkops River Valley Parish visited, the
youth enacted it. The cast is seen above with the blanket to clothe,
some water for the thirsty, some food for the hungry and the
caring hands to look after the sick and invite the stranger in,
enabling those who are chosen as sheep to ‘be blessed and take
the inheritance prepared for them.’ The message was made very
clear through the acting of the young people.
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