Wednesday, August 13, 2014

EMMDEV 2014-08-13 [Random Musings] The works the Lord has done

Shout with joy to God, all the earth!
2 Sing the glory of his name;
make his praise glorious!
3 Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power
that your enemies cringe before you.
4 All the earth bows down to you;
they sing praise to you,
they sing praise to your name."
5 Come and see what God has done,
how awesome his works in man's behalf! Psalms66:1-5

I write this from King Shaka airport Durban, heading back after two days of visiting the Thekwini (Kzn) Presbytery as part of the Mission and Discipleship committee of General Assembly.

Our task was to come and inspire and inform the Presbytery about church growth, church planting and church development. But we return home having also been inspired!

We visited numerous congregations and saw how some congregations are re-inventing themselves, how some have entered into partnerships with other churches and in particular how some have reached out into the community.

We visited three creches being run in impoverished communities. We were bowled over by the excellence with which these children and the community were being served. We were humbled by the dedication of the staff who taught there and we were thrilled that local congregations are playing such a significant role in these outreaches.

We met with a group of ministers with fire in their bellies, hungry to see God at work in their congregations and thirsty for God to touch their communities.

We saw congregations busy with good programs and a presbytery that deliberately filled it's agenda with good news, progress reports and mission promotions instead of focussing on problems.

We came to inspire and be a blessing - we came away inspired and blessed.

"Come and see what God has done!"

Theo Groeneveld
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