The GS and George Ngamlana attended the recent South African Christian Leaders Initiative (SACLI) meeting held at the Kopanong Conference Centre in Benoni on 31 October. Delegates from The Evangelical Alliance of South Africa (TEASA) and the South African Council of Churches (SACC) were in attendance. The main focus was the current state of the nation and what the corporate/local church is doing to respond. The various sessions and discussions were very challenging and revealing. It is hoped, in conjunction with TEASA, to share some of these presentations at Associational level.
BWD: a number of local church BWDs participated in the recent Baptist World Alliance Women’s Day of Prayer. Some arranged special programmes and a number of BWDs joined together for the event.
BTC: Over 80 students and wives/family gathered at the Randburg Baptist Church for the annual BTC Gala Dinner on 7 November. The GS and some Board members also attended the event. The theme was African Tradition.
The GS was privileged to minister at Katlehong Baptist, which is currently being moderated by Rev George Ngamlana and also at a special Baptist Missions Sunday service at Claremont Baptist, Cape Town.
Regional Networks: News
Eastern Province Baptist Network (formerly EPBA): A second roadshow/training event for this year was held at the Arise and Shine Baptist Church in Motherwell, on Sunday 21 October. It was attended by ± 200 pastors/leaders/members from 11 churches in the greater Port Elizabeth area. The Border Baptist Network (formerly BBA) held their AGM on 3 November at the Lubabalo Baptist Church, East London. The meeting was attended by over 140 delegates, representing 39 churches. Congratulations to Rev Brian Tukuta, on his induction as the new President and Rev Siphiwe Gumenge, on his election as the new Vice President. The Northern Cape Baptist Network (formerly BANC) recently held their AGM at Phutanang Baptist on 3 November, with 80 folk representing 8 churches in attendance. Congratulations to Rev Sam Khephe on his induction as the President. Metochai (pastors’ wives) Retreat: in celebration of the Western Province Baptist Network (formerly WPBA) 100th year celebration, 28 pastors’ wives decided to treat themselves to a special, relaxing weekend at Goudini Spa in Rawsonville. They truly enjoyed the fellowship and fun in the chalets and at the pools and the supertube slide.
Church News: “Of the Ages, for All Ages”
On 20 October, the Living Hope Baptist Church in Port Elizabeth hosted a successful 4.3 km ‘Hope Run and Walk’ around the Joe Slovo area. The purpose of the event was to focus on personal fitness, church unity, community involvement and outreach.
The new His Glory Baptist Fellowship, led by Pastor Siyabonga Tom, was formally constituted with 32 members in the Bonke location near King Williams Town. Rev Patrick Diba ministered at the occasion.
Congratulations to: Open Baptist, Hartbeespoort on the opening of their new sanctuary on 30 September; Horison, on their 60th anniversary on 4 November; Fred le Roux (retired) on his 90th birthday; Jenny du Plooy (retired) on her 70th birthday; Paul Richardson (Inner City Missions, Durban) on his 60th birthday.
Ill: Moyra van der Merwe (Bonaero Park) was recently in hospital for 11 weeks and is now recovering from surgery; Adrian Nathaniel (Northmead) is making good physical progress and has begun preaching short sermons. He is scheduled for another operation on 15/16 November. Brian Jardine (retired) will be going for various scans; Ken Clack (Lambert Road) is doing well and making good progress; Tandiwe Matomane (Nompendulo) has been in hospital and is suffering with a pinched nerve that may require surgery in the future; Nosipho Jali (Dube Village) is recovering from surgery; Colin Forgus (retired) is recovering from knee surgery.