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Deacon Botha and his wife received their 40th wedding anniversary blessing on 15 January 2017 in the Kimberley Central Congregation.

On Sunday 8 January 2017,  Apostle A. Page served in Umbilo Congregation.  During this divine service,  10 souls were sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.  A priest who had moved to Durban was reinstated. Brother and sister Nel also received a blessing on their 60th wedding anniversary. The anniversary couple were encouraged with words from Isaiah 55:12, “For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands."

With the mercury dropping to 14ﹾ they could be forgiven to think that they would experience a white Christmas - a condition in sharp contrast with the hearts of the children of the Lord in the congregation of Kransdraai. Their hearts were ablaze with the news that they were about to receive their own church and that they would build it.

The festivities of Saturday 10 December 2016, started with a divine service conducted by Bishop Naidoo, using the Bible word from Romans 13:12. He highlighted why we come to divine services in the first place, namely to receive the word of God and to have fellowship with Christ; having full understanding that we do not come to hear the minister but to listen to what our Heavenly Father wants to tell us. Linking this to the Bible word, the Bishop advised on how our attitude should change under the word so that we would turn away from activities of darkness.

The Bishop also referred to the armour needed to fight darkness, namely Faith, Hope and Love. This was echoed by the District Evangelist David Law and the Rector Patrick Baxter who served in Afrikaans.

Pursuant to the blessing received in the divine service, the congregation moved to the site where the church would be built. The Bishop was welcomed with the hymn "When we walk with the Lord". Pleading with our Heavenly Father to bless this site and the building of the church, it was with great excitement that the first sod was turned, assisted by dear sister Louisa Rose, affectionately referred to as Ouma by all, who gave this site for the building. The excitement visible on all faces, coupled with the eagerness to start, the District Evangelist Law who is in the construction business looked on and promised his guidance throughout the process.

In this rural community where unemployment is rife, it has become custom to share. Having a pioneer like Ouma who opened her home and giving the site, it was with a sense of reciprocation that Christmas hampers were handed to her and those in need.

Acknowledging that this will probably be his last service for the year in Kransdraai, the Bishop spent a few minutes in fellowship with the congregation. The faces of the little ones lit up when they were given sweets, drinks and chips to enhance the spirit of Christmas. Indeed a day to remember.

Richards Bay District enjoyed a fun-filled picnic on 26 November 2016.
Bishop Naidoo was also at this event which took place on the Empangeni church grounds.
Looking at all the activities, the laughter and happy faces, one can most certainly say that they enjoyed the day tremendously.

During his trip to Richards Bay area between 26-27 November 2016, the Bishop L. Naidoo and his team visited members in Kwamsane, which is in the area of Mtabtuba on the North Coast of KZN.