Marieta Olivier vertel hieronder hoe vanjaar se Christelike Vrouedag op King William’s Town verloop het. Vir diegene wat die dorp nie ken nie, dit is die ou koloniale dorpie (met ongelooflike argitektuur) neffens die Oos-KAapse hoofstad, Bisho. Steve Biko is ‘n boorling van die dorp, en lê hier begrawe.
CHRISTIAN’S WOMAN’S DAY 2010
Many women from around King William’s Town gathered together for the Annual Woman’s Day Celebrations on Saturday 14 August. It was encouraging to see more than 120 ladies meeting together for one purpose and that to glorify God. The Theme Hands that work, Hands that pray being the encouragement to all woman to be working for God.
Every one was handed a healthy packed breakfast on arrival which was part of the ice breaker.The MC for the day was Jenny Wilson. After a warm welcome in three languages (English, Afrikaans and Xhosa) Marieta Olivier reminded the woman of our community what the common goals are for Christian Women’s Day.
1. To reach out to women of KWT with the message of Jesus.
2. To foster friendship and community among the Christian women of the town.
3. To provide a Christian alternative to the political focus on the role of women in our town.
4. To work together as a non-denominational committee to achieve these goals.
Singing cheerfully as she walked to the microphone Nombulelo Time welcomed all in Xhosa and read from Isiah 6:1-6.
Shelley Lombard, a missionary working at Dumisani Theological Institute, led the praise and worship to God, acknowledging Him as Lord. It was lovely to hear so many women’s voices joining together in the common desire, to praise their God. Reference was made to how we can know what the work of God is. John 6:29 “Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” Following which the prayer was that God captivated each ones’ heart so that we would know the will of God for our lives and that we would live for Him because of what He has done for us. Gal 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” It was a blessing to hear the voices singing this prayer to God as one.
We were enlightened on Sign language by Lumka Nonkelela which was very interesting and fun to participate in. She showed us some basic survival signs. Susan Goosen handed out little papers with a hand drawn on it to give women direction on how and for whom to pray.
Following this Patricia Ihlendfelt who is part of the pastoral team at Bethany Emmanuel Baptist Church, delivered an address based on the theme encouraging all women young and old, rich or poor to be involved in the work for Jesus. We all have different skills and talents, but there is something that we all can do. At the end of her talk, she gave us some ideas of how we could reach out into our communities to help those in need and to share with them, God’s love.
It was a very interesting day, because women of all traditions and cultures joined together to worship their Lord and Saviour. Many new friendships were established and old friendships re-kindled. We were very conscious of how precious it is to be part of the family of God. Some fun activities with hands concluded the spritual part of the morning. Tea tables were beautifully set in different themes and every one could enjoy delicious tea treats and socialise to end the day.
With the proceeds of the day, we have bought a large number of Bibles. This is so that every woman who was there could get one free of charge to give away. We appeal to all that were there and need a bible to present to someone who does not have a Bible of her own to collect one from Dumisani College in Leopold Street.