Baptist Women’s Union of Africa (AABF): ± 500 delegates from five countries (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, South Africa) met at the Thabang Lodge in Ga-Rankuwa for the Southern Region Women’s Conference. The theme was “Arise and Shine and Transform Nations for God’s Glory.” The BWD Director, President and Cecilia Dyasi were amongst the speakers. Six ladies from the BUSA were in attendance. BMD Ministry in Kenya: The GS and George Ngamlana have just returned from a missions trip to Kenya. They ministered at a four-night open air crusade in the Muslim area of Ushindi (Mombasa), where Ushindi Baptist, with whom the BMD is in partnership, is located. 106 first-time decisions for Christ, which included 28 folk from another faith, were registered. Praise the Lord! Bibles were distributed to a number of new converts. The possibility of placing a missionary couple from the BUSA/BMD in the area was discussed with the Ushindi church leadership and will be pursued further in the days to come. Naomi Scheepers conducted two training sessions with the pastors’ wives and the ladies of the church. BU Trust Funds: Koinonia, Port Elizabeth (EPBA) has been granted a loan by the Fund and is extending its building and making it three times bigger than the current facility. BU visit to QwaQwa and Intabazwe: The GS and his wife met with the leaders of the five churches in Phuthaditjhaba during July. None of these churches have pastors and the possibility of exploring a theological training programme ‘on site’ for bi-vocational pastors was discussed and will be pursued. The GS was also privileged to minister in the new Intabazwe Baptist Church building in Harrismith.
The WPBA Region 5 ‘Together in Ministry’ (TIM) group Pastors and Wives conference took place on Sunday 29 July at the Protea Hotel, Stellenbosch with 35 people in attendance. The conference was started out of a deep concern that the Fraternal had with the increase of lawlessness within their communities, the high levels of domestic violence, the issue of Millennials leaving the church and the church’s ineffective use of social media.
Church News: “Of the Ages, for All Ages”
Honeyridge Baptist Church held their annual holiday club with the theme of ‘Rolling River Rampage’, with over 130 volunteers and on average 425 children daily attending a week filled with much fun activity, drama, worship, memory verses, games and sharing God’s Word with them.
Congratulations to: Arthur Song (retired) on his 80th birthday; Rosinah Ndhlovu (Cosmo City) and Gavin Samuels (Austerville) on their 50th birthdays; Euginio and Madeline Nel (Bowker Street, Grahamstown) on the birth of their second son; Wesbank Baptist, Cape Town on their 15th anniversary celebrations; Peter and Oscarina Mabena on their well-deserved retirement after 50 years in ministry, 30 of which were as the pastoral couple at Shad Mashologu Baptist; Gideon and Chiletso Mpeni on their induction into the pastorate at Florida Baptist.
Condolences to: Ma Botha (pastoral widow) on the sad loss of Attie, her son-in-law; Anton and Edna Roos (retired) on the loss of their son, Charlie; Raymond and Grezelda September (retired) on the loss of his sister, Marion; SSS and Sthokozo Nxumalo on the loss of their eldest daughter, who left behind a one-month old baby.
Ill: Colin Forgus (retired) will be having surgery on 16 August; Adrian Nathaniel (Northmead) is in hospital with pneumonia; Salwyn Coetzee (Blomvlei Road) is recovering at home after a stint in hospital; Ken Clack (Lambert Road) is currently receiving radiation treatment for oesophageal cancer; Jessica (daughter of Koos Basson, IMD Africa Director) will be having a lumpectomy on 20 August.