Baptist Theological College 2017 registration: BTC has different types of campuses: on-site at Randburg, different hubs around the country with class and Distance;Dr Bob Moore and individual Distance learners. 32 new students at Randburg campus: 22 are first years.
Cape Town Baptist Seminary 2017 registration: 27 new students were welcomed at the annual Commencement Service held at Blomvlei Road Baptist on 12 February.
The All Africa Baptist Fellowship held their Southern Sub-region Conference at the Maranatha Retreat and Conference Centre, Roodekrans from 3-5 February. 25 delegates from eight Baptist Unions/Conventions in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique attended. Paul Msiza (BWA President) participated.
Baptist General Association of Virginia, USA: We were privileged to have Bob Moore (Virginia Baptist Field Strategist) and Bill Drennan (retired businessman and laymen) share with pastors and leaders in Northern KwaZulu Natal (Empangeni), Durban (Durban North) and Venda (Mbilwi King Jesus) on his new commentary on the book of Malachi. A total of 140 pastors attended the meetings. He also ministered in Johannesburg at: Honeyridge Baptist; at a joint service at Horison Baptist, attended by members from Davidsonville and Roodepoort Baptist churches; Reservoir Hills (Durban) and at Mbilwi King Jesus Baptist, where he also addressed 32 pastors and wives from Venda.
Local Church News
The Seaview Baptist tent in which they meet was vandalised and a section 5m x 3m was cut out and stolen. BANC AGM
The GS was privileged to minister at Grace, New Germany (KZN) and witness the building developments that have taken place. He also ministered at Randfontein and Rosettenville Baptist churches and was thrilled to observe the cultural integration that has taken and is taking place in these congregations.
The Baptist Association of the Northern Cape held their Council meeting at Ipeleng (Kimberley) on 25 February. 43 delegates from 13 churches attended. The GS was privileged to induct Mr Michael Segede as the new President. Our congratulations to him.
The Eastern Province Baptist Association held their annual Pastors/Wives Dinner on 6 February at a restaurant in Port Elizabeth, with 52 folk in attendance.
Congratulations to: Mohau and Tshegofatso Radebe (Bloemfontein and FSBA Youth) on the great occasion of their marriage;Mohau & Tshegofatso RadebeN G Immelman (El Shaddai, Mossel Bay) on his 60th birthday; Ed and Vivienne Moses (Baptist Church of the North, Mauritius); Lizo and Nokulinda Fikeni (Khayamandi) on their inductions into new pastorates; Skogheim Christian Conference Centre (Port Shepstone) on their 50th anniversary celebrations at the beginning of February. Pastor and Mrs R Seku (KZNBA President) represented the Baptist Union.
Ill: Mary Dick (pastoral widow) is in hospital.
Condolences: Brett and Marisa Smitsdorff (Randfontein) on the loss of his mom; James and Lynne Grant (retired) on the loss of Lynne’s dad; John Volmink (BU Foundation) on the loss of his son (42), who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run accident in Randburg.
Special Prayer Request
Please pray much for the BU Executive and Ministry Board meetings which take place at Langa Baptist, Cape Town, from 13-17 March 2017. There are a number of challenging issues that need to be addressed.