The previous building of the Eastridge Baptist Church in Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town, was burgled on Sunday evening (13 March 2016) and set alight by the burglars. The church burnt down and also lost their commu-nity crèche facilities, which had an enrolment of over 100 children. The police apprehended the burglars and all stolen items were recovered. As a result, the church had to find alternate premises. With the assistance of WPBA churches, the BU and others, a tent was acquired and used until the insurance claim was eventually paid out. The quotation received for the new steel structure was in the amount of R647 000. This was more than half of the insurance pay out. However God, in a miraculous way, provided a similar second-hand steel structure for the ridiculous amount of R78 000! As a result, the congregation was able to complete 90% of the brand new building. The pictures tell the story. What an amazing God we serve. The GS was privileged to minister in the new building on Sunday 19 March.
BU National Ministries News
Partnership Ministry: We were privileged to have Pastor Roy Smith from the Wilmington Baptist Association, North Carolina, visit each of the As-sociations during the last two weeks of February to share on ‘How to move your Association from a traditional one to one that adds value to the local church.’ He spoke of his experience and developments of the Bridge Network of Churches in Virginia (USA) and shared some valuable insights at the various meetings. Two of the Associations (KZNBA and WPBA) recorded the presentation. Roy served as the co-ordinator of the BUSA/North Carolina Baptist partnership and was resident in the country for 5 years. He and his wife also adopted Georgina, one of the babies from the Berea Baptist Baby House in Johannesburg. Today, she is an 18-year-old beautiful young lady (See photo). The March BU Executive meetings were held at Langa Baptist from 13-17 March. The meetings were challenging but fruitful. Much attention was given to the way forward for the BU and, in order to meet the deadlines given by the 2016 Assembly, a special Executive meeting has been arranged for May. The Digest of Executive Business will be sent to churches in due course. Ministry Board: 15 applicants were successfully interviewed for ministerial recognition during the recent Ministry Board meetings in Cape Town.
Local Church News
During the course of the Executive meetings, the GS was privileged to minister at the Rocklands (Mitchells Plain), Mowbray, Kensington and Eastridge (Mitchells Plain) Baptist churches. He was thrilled at the posi-tive developments and integration taking place in these churches. Mowbray Baptist has commenced with Saturday morning street evange-lism at the shopping malls and businesses surrounding the church.
The Free State Baptist Association held their Mens’ Conference over the weekend of 17-19 February in Wesselsbron. Pastor Nelson Abraham, the Missions Developer, was the keynote speaker. 45 men from all over the Free State attended. The Baptist Northern Association held their Council meeting at Constantia Park Baptist on 20 February. 70 delegates from 43 churches attended.
Congratulations to: Elsabe Wiseman (pastoral widow) on her 89th birth-day; Pastor George Mataboge (Mercy Baptist) on his 70th birthday; Pastor Colin and Selma Forgus (retired) on their 50th wedding anniversary; to Macassar Baptist Church on the induction of Sidney and Pamela Wilson as their new pastoral couple. Condolences to: Alet Grubb and family on the loss of Pastor John (Port Shepstone); the Rayi family on the loss of Lillian (pastoral widow); Neil and Cheryl Tobin (Portland) on the loss of Neil’s dad; Pastor Joe Bell (CESA) on the loss of his wife, Christine; the Kumalo family on the loss of Mrs Kumalo (pastoral widow). Ill:Pastor Albert Ntamehlo (retired) is battling with diabetes; Pastor Peter Malan (retired) will be having minor surgery on 3 April; Pastor (Bethany, Pretoria) is will be having an operation on 4 April.