To the People of God in the Parish of the Amanzimtoti, Church of the Good Shepherd. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and His Son Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. Alleluia.
I thank you all for the prayers for my family over the last two weeks, during our time of illness. Many people have suffered from this “flu” and bronchitis and the road to recovery seems slow, so I ask you to continue to pray for us and all those affected.
I wish to thank you for your generosity to us and for the Easter offering that we received, it is much appreciated. I also wish to thank those that contributed towards Moses’ (our verger) flood relief fund.
At present a few of our leaders are participating in a Mission and Ministry course, together with the Methodist Church, and I am delighted by what we are learning and what we can incorporate into our life together as the People of the God of Mission. Our plan is, to on completion of the course roll out a revised Ministry Action Plan for the church, built on what we have learned.
An area where I still need to increase understanding of our ministry as a Church is in terms of our environmental and youth involvement in the community. Our Social responsibility ministry through the Kingsburgh Child and Family Welfare Society, is going from strength to strength. Interaction through these organizations is how we do ministry in the community and a better understanding of our partnership with other civic organizations is required.
We have unfortunately had a spate of break ins on the church grounds this week, and this has resulted in some extra expenses. We have had to increase security and will need to look at some long-term plans. Please continue to pray for a resolution to the problems at 81 Fynn rd. The Parish is under great financial pressure, due to that rental not being paid. We are working hard to resolve the issues, and ask for your continued prayers.
May God continue to lead us by His Holy Spirit and equip us to do the good works prepared in advance for us to do, to bring his light and his love to his community of Amanzimtoti.