News From South Africa
This past week, twenty two members and friends of Old North were supposed to be enjoying fellowship with our friends in South Africa. We are sad we can’t be there right now and I want to share some recent news from them. Fortunately, in all twenty five villages of the Pholela Congregation, they have only had two cases of COVID and both church members are recovered and doing well at home. That is a true blessing! The congregation has not been able to meet and the pastor, Rev. Simon Mbanjwa, has not been able to visit and offer support to the members because of strict isolation measures imposed by the government. Rev. Simon has told me he wishes they had the resources to offer online Sunday services that have been so appreciated at Old North. With high unemployment and the inability to meet and collect donations, the small church branches have not been able to purchase all the safety materials they need to gather as individual church communities. Part of our recent donation from the Outreach Mission Board will enable them to acquire the masks, sanitizers and other items to make that possible.
Esther Ngcobo, church treasurer responded:
Thank you for your support and prayers. We are going to have a meeting in September to make sure that all the branches are ready for reopening.
We miss you so much, but we hope that next year's trip will be successful.
Wishing you all the best and blessings.
Rev. Simon wrote:
I hope this mail will find you and the entire congregation well. I want to pass word of gratitude on behalf of the Pholela congregation for the donation we received from your congregation. This contribution will help us a lot during this time of COVID 19 pandemic. May the good Lord bless you.
Please keep the congregation and their leaders in your thoughts and prayers as they seek to offer hope and solace during these difficult times for their church family.
Thank you to you all for making our donations possible.
Ginny von Rueden
Outreach Mission Board