From Pastor’s Desk May 2014

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,
Pastor Hartmut

About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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