“News from Swaziland” by National Overseer Bishop ST Masilela
￼￼￼Season of Open Heavens – Deut. 28:12.
Over 3500 delegates and friends of the Church of God of Prophecy in Swaziland descended at Mavuso Trade Centre for this years’ National Convention. The theme for this year is “Season of Open Heavens” taken from Deuteronomy 28:12. The church was challenged to recommit to seeking God and fully obey His commandments. God promises to open heavens and all the blessings will come upon His people. A total of 134 members sponsored this national gathering each contributing $100 towards the cost to host such a huge meeting.
Our report shows that the church is growing in all regions with 3215 souls that accepted Christ this year, with 3370 receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit, 230 baptized in water and added to the church. The Church membership now stands at 6975. We have set a national target to reach the 10,000 membership mark and 100 churches by 2020. Three local churches have been organized this year, at Ekulindeni with 49 members, Emalangeni with 27 members and Bhadzeni with 25 members.
The church has also embarked in building projects to set up worship structures at different locations. Eight new local church structures are under construction in three regions of the Kingdom. These local church buildings are being funded by the church members and should be completed in the coming year. The church is continuing with the drive to build national headquarters at the 12 hectare farm that has been purchased
along the highway to the current headquarters. The fundraising committee is working very hard to raise funds towards the project for the building which will house camps and national conventions.
Feminine Dignity Africa Report by Sister Sigongile Masilela
I am so excited to report the good fruits that Africa is reaping courtesy of our Harvest Partners and our beloved friends, Kentucky Women. We have successfully launched “Africa Will Never Be the Same” in Swaziland in providing assistance to women through the Feminine Dignity for Africa project. In March 2015, we received a donation from the Kentucky Women which helped us to buy morning shoes and dignity kits for our 100 ministers’ wives who attended the Morning Prayer Breakfast Meeting during our National Convention.
Part of the funds from this kind gesture was used for the purchase of 40 chairs, sanitary and toiletry items for young, middle aged women at Emalangeni Mission. old women also benefitted especially in the prevention of cancer related diseases through dignity kits issued to them.
We give God the glory for Sister Brenda Gillum, Joyce Wood and Judy who initiated the donations for the project. I give God thanks for our Harvest Partners and the women from Kentucky who assisted us with this project. Surely Africa will never be the same as God is opening doors wide for preaching the gospel, with the destitute greatly benefitting.
Hawane Project Reportby Project Committee
The Hawane Project Committee had a platform to report on the Hawane drive. The report was mainly on the contributions from members of the church towards the great work ahead of us.
The committee alluded to the fact that with the membership of the church ever increasing, there is every sign that something must happen as far as the project is concerned. As a sign of commitment, the
committee presented the National Overseer with an inscription board that asserts that the church is coming to Hawane.
The committee praised and rewarded members who have shown high level of commitment towards the project. It also earnestly implored the church to put up the funds through the respective project account numbers in South Africa and Swaziland so the project comes to fruition.
New Mission Organized at Malangeni
A new mission has been organized right at the onset of the year in the Shiselweni Region. Bishop Masilela has officiated the organization of this new place.
On 1st February 2015, the Bishop participated in the cutting of soil at the acquired land for the mission. The cutting of soil marks the onset of the great work ahead in terms of putting up a worship
During the organizing of this mission, women were blessed courtesy of the kind gesture from the Kentucky Women. The women received sanitary and toiletry items. The ladies were so grateful to have received such items and were thankful for a helping hand from afar.
“Relevant Worship that Opened Heavens” by Praise & Worship Team
￼￼It would not be a convention to remember without the ever excellent ministers in song. The Praise and Worship team always excels in this ministry of ushering the church into praise, worship and prayer. This year has been different in that the praise team showed more excellence and one to remember.
The melody of the song “Open the flood gates” will resound in eyes and hearts as the song of this convention till we substitute it with next year’s power song, the Lord willing.
One would not miss the mark by not appraising how presentable this wonderful team looked. It goes without saying that preparedness takes them far away. The team looked good, prepared and excellent. They also blended well their worship with old and new songs taking into account the variability in generations that exist. Well done Brethren.
“It’s the Work Done at Calvary” by Eastern Cape Delegation
￼Our brethren have always responded well to call to the national convention. As usual, a delegation from Mtata graced the great gathering of the church. On Saturday mid-morning, the delegates reminded the congregants that there at Golgotha, a highway was opened and a home was made for us. It was once again sweet to taste the native Xhosa way of praising and worshiping.
Special Thanks to Kentucky Women by New Missions Pastor
￼I am Alfred Tsikati, the pastor of Malangeni Church of God of Prophecy in Swaziland, Africa. This local church was organized on the 1st of February 2015. Therefore, the church is still at its infant stage and needs support. On behalf of the local church I wish to thank Kentucky Women for the kind donation of 40 chairs to the value of E1760.00 (app. $150.00). I also wish to thank the organization for the donation of a box of sanitary items distributed to the teenagers in the church. Finally, our wish is to appreciate Bishop Masilela and his wife, Mrs Masilela, for identifying our church as a beneficiary of this endeavor. This kind gesture will go a long way in advancing the work of God in the community. Thank you, May God bless you as you continue to positively affect more communities.
If you are interested in financially contributing to the ministry in this nation, you may do so through Harvest Partners Ministry. ￼￼All gifts are tax deductible and 100% of your gift is applied to the need you so specify. Gifts may be given online or by mailing:
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Harvest Partners Ministry
Church of God of Prophecy International Offices
PO Box 2910
Cleveland, TN 37320-2910