Earlier this year, I received a request from a Reformed church in Middelburg, South Africa. The sender was Rev. Molehe. He asked whether we could consider building a special relationship between our two congregations.
In a more recent email, Pastor Molehe wrote: “We as the Church of URCSA Middelburg Congregation we would like to have a Good Relationship and Partnership With Your Congregation so that we can able to Exchange Programmes, Sermons, Ideas, and maybe by God’s Grace and Will we can Visit one another so that we can know one another more and more.”
In the meantime, three of our members of Consistory have joined me in pen-pal relationships with members of the Middelburg congregation. Though there is no particular road map for pursuing this relationship, it is important to do it anyway. Just as we are intentional about local ministry, we need to be invested in overseas causes as well. To be sure, we are committed to supporting the ministry that our missionary Rev. Elly Kajaminyo has begun in South Sudan. This support, however, has only limited potential to turn into a congregational exchange. This is different with the church in Middelburg!
For today, I would just like to share a few pictures from this church in South Africa with you, so that you can develop your own impressions.
With fond wishes for a fulfilling Summer,