BU Assembly: to date 332 delegates and 6 children have registered for the BU Assembly to be held at the Maranatha Retreat and Conference Centre in Roodekrans from 29 September-3 October. Please pray for the BU Executive meetings which will be held prior to the Assembly at Central Baptist Church, Pretoria (25-28 September); BWD Board meetings at the Conference Centre (27-28 September); for Sibusiso Mkhwanazi and Patricia Leripa (incoming Presidents of BU and BWD, respectively); our speakers, Johannes Lata, Peter Tarantal, Ivan Haylock; Workshop presenters: Philip Botha, Vanessa Patience, Shadrack Monageng, Darryl Soal, Duncan Muller, Claude King, Patricia Ihlenfeldt, Keith Moller; the Arrangements Committee and Baptist Union staff; delegates travelling to and from Roodekrans; good weather and a real sense of the Lord’s presence amongst us. Pray also for the election of the incoming Vice Presidents and the proposed new structure for the BUSA.
Please note: the Office has received money for 20 registrations without any registration forms. Please check that your delegates have been registered.
The GS and G Ngamlana participated in a South African Christian Leaders Initiative (SACLI) ‘Journey out of Racism to Reconciliation’ Conference, which was held at ‘In Harmonie’ Conference Centre in Franschhoek from 9-11 September. 30 Christian leaders from various denominations/mission organisations were in attendance. Each of the participants shared their story with regard to experiences in apartheid South Africa and how God gave them victory. Some mind-blowing testimonies were heard and the plan is to help mobilise God’s Church and our communities to move from racism to reconciliation over the next eight years. This will be shared at the forthcoming BUSA Assembly.
Church News "Of the Ages, for All Ages"
Glenwood Community Church accepted 12 people into membership on 26 August. A five-man team from Athlone Baptist, led by Godfrey Harold and Greg Matthei, went on a two-week mission outreach to India from 14-28 August. They visited and ministered at several newly-planted churches in four different states. They also visited a Leper Rehabilitation Centre and blessed them with bags of rice and a few sewing machines. Troyeville Baptist organised a street clean-up around the church on 1 September which had a great impact on the immediate community. Young and old participated.
The Langa Baptist Church hosted an IC3 (Church, Community and Culture) Conference on church growth and development from 3-6 September. It was led by Ralph Douglas Ministries from the USA and a total of 312 pastors/leaders attended. These included Baptist pastors from all over South Africa and 52 from the USA. South Riding Baptist held a stone-laying service for their new children’s and youth centre. The church has committed itself to focusing on ministry to and by the under-35s, to becoming intentional in the spreading of the Gospel, growing the church by growing disciple-makers and increasing its community impact.
Congratulations to: Hans Zinyoka (Harmony) on his 50th birthday. Condolences to: Isaac and Rosalind Jacobs (BU Foundation) on the loss of her father; Aleric (Bellville South), Bennie (Eastridge), Brian Dreyer (Westlake) and Desiree November (Lakeview) on the loss of their brother. Ill: Jonathan Galant (West End) has bad flu; Gloria Mketsu (Gilead) has painful cellulitis; Rick Inglis (Ministry Board Co-ordinator) is recovering from surgery; Adrian Nathaniel (Northmead) continues to have medical tests for his ailment; Charmaine Dickson’s (BU Foundation) cancer has spread to the brain; Ken Clack (Lambert Road) is making good progress; Millicent van der Walt (J-Life) is recovering from a hip replacement.