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My Dear People of God,
Greetings in the Name of Christ, our ascended Lord, Alleluia!
1 Omission - This same Jesus .
In my last letter I wrote about Ascension which could be looked at in three ways pertaining to faith and somehow No ii) was omitted and No iii) became No ii).
No ii) therefore, should have been like this: Having sat at the right hand of God, He presented the finished work of salvation to Him (Jn 19: 30 Greek. Tetelestai = It is finished). This gives courage to us in all our doings to present our plans and proposals to God, as a living sacrifice, wholly and acceptable to him (Rom 12: 1ff). Jesus is not just sitting at the right hand of God, but He ever lives to intercede for us, and continues to give us the Holy Spirit to be alongside us and to lead us into all Truth. I believe the truth is about our sinfulness, and transformation from that kind of life, as well as righteousness and judgement as we saw in the last letter.
2 In Gratitude
Mazoe and I wish to express our sincere gratitude to all of you for your support both in word and deed at the time of our bereavement. We appreciate all the more, those who made an effort to be physically present on April 29 at our mothers funeral. Umlomo awuhlangani, Ayabulela aMand-obe, athi: Mazenethole, ningadinwa nangomso! Thank you very, very much. We feel comforted.
3 Millennium's Development Goals (MDCs)
The Church of the Province of Southern Africa (CPSA) met at an Annual
Planning Meeting in March to strategise the implementation of the
vision of the church, realigning its mission and ministry with the
political agenda of the United Nations MDGs for growth and
development in Africa.
I have received criticism that the church easily falls prey to political agenda, which often marginalizes the poor, widows and orphans. And the essence of churchs mission springs from the knowledge and acceptance of Christ. The MDGs are a political agenda. The CPSA needs to define its mission and ministry agenda. In all fairness this is true. The MDGs reflect the ingredients of Christian mission, in which the Church has been involved for ages past in alleviating the plight of the poor and oppressed. The saying God fulfils Himself in many ways (Morte de Arthur, Lord Tennyson) could be applicable here. A Persian King Cyrus, heathen by Israel standards of YHWH faith, allowed exiles to return to Jerusalem (2 Chr 36 : 22 - Ezra 1 : 8) to rebuild the Temple (Ezra 5 : 13 - 6 : 14) as the Lord had appointed (Read Is 44 : 28 - 45 : 13). Thus Gods purpose was accomplished.
We are bringing these to Diocesan Council for further discussion. Your comments will be valuable. We must be a visible church. South Africa needs us. SACLA has kicked the ball for our mission and ministry. Let us run with it more vigorously for the welfare of the marginalized and the oppressed.
May the good Lord continue to bless your outreach ministry to the needy of our city, and grant you fulfilment and affirmation.
Yours in the love of Christ
Learn to live on the bright side - there's less traffic.
The four-day event was held from 31 March to 3 April at St Andrews, KwaNobuhle, and members heard seven powerful talks aimed at capacitating members in Christian living. Subjects included Team Building, Debt Management, Parenting, and Relationships at Home.
The president, Nomonde Qoto, spoke on the theme in her Presidential address, looking at both Old and New Testament women as role models, including the two Marys, Dorcas, Pricilla, Lydia and Hanna. Charles Qoto, a member of the Diocesan Finance Committee, was very powerful as he spoke on being a slave to debt. He said, Debt is an enemy to the will of God in our lives, and went on to speak about ones attitude to possessions defining ones identity and how one becomes permanently obligated to ones creditors until all the debts are paid. He gave many reasons why people get into debt, such as greed, lack of discipline, trying to impress others and wrong priorities. He ended by giving advice on how to get out of debt.
Speaking on Parenting, Ms B Robinson of FAMSA told the women, Successful families do not just happen. Hard work, sacrifice and commitment go with it. She also said, Families are like piggy banks, when you deposit they grow and become full. When you make withdrawals they become empty and negative feelings arise. When you become withdrawn you have to pay penalties/interest. Parenting involves the instilling of values and morals to the children in the family.
Picture: Receiving the Performance Trophy from MUCFL Diocesan President, Nomonde Qoto (left), is the Alexandria Archdeaconry Presiding Member, Tembeka Topu while Notutuzolo Mjoli looks on. The trophy was donated by Mazoe Nopece.
A little booklet entitled "Bernard Mizeki of Zimbabwe" has been printed by Pippa Vincent in the hope that many more Christians will read and treasure it. It is an abridged version of the larger work, "Mashonaland Martyr" by her mother Margaret Snell.
Fr Roy Snyman tssf has ordered 50 copies of the booklet and 10 will be available from the diocesan office and the others from the Diocesan President of the Guild, Archdeacon Zweli Tom, at R8 a copy - contact Zweli on: 041 464 3151
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