Monday, February 25, 2008

Celebrating with angels

What a wonderful blessing, as once again the Westville ecclesia was able to celebrate with the angels in heaven as two more became children of God. Phinda and Sylvester were both baptised this past Sunday into the saving name of Jesus. It was a beautiful start to a glorious sunny Sunday, as we all gathered around the pool to witness their public confession. Their baptism now brings to 5 the number of brothers and sisters from nearby Marianhill. Every Sunday the Westville meeting is swelled by people from Marianhill as both children and adults attend.

The excitement and fervour that has been generated in the community of Marianhill has led to plans being put into place to set up a new ecclesia in that area in the near future, God willing. We pray that our Father will continue to bless the work in Marianhill as this community is drawn to the power of the Kingdom of God - this indeed it living proof of Paul's words - "For the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power." (1Co 4:20)

But what is equally exciting is that our new sister, Sylvester, has been a domestic helper in the homes of several brothers and sisters for many years. How wonderful it is to now have her as a sister. It makes us realise the joy the people in Bible times felt when the message was received by the whole household -

One of those who heard us was Lydia from Thyatira, who was a dealer in purple cloth. She was a woman who worshiped God, and the Lord opened her mind to pay attention to what Paul was saying. After she and the people of her house had been baptized, she invited us, "Come and stay in my house if you have decided that I am a true believer in the Lord." And she persuaded us to go. (Act 16:14-15)

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