Hundreds of members of the New St. Johns Apostolic Church of Prophesy converged at Endlovini informal settlement, in Khayelitsha, for the year-end service. The service was also attended by their co-founder and a leader of the church Pastor Mthuthuzeli Jikijela. Fikile Mqhayi, a church pastor from the Gugulethu circuit, said the ceremony was held annually and was attended by 18 circuits from around the province. “At the ceremony, we discuss our challenges and also assess our progress as a church,” he said. Mqhayi described their church as one of the indigenous churches. “Our challenge is to get land to build our churches. Some of our churches are build in informal areas and are so small they cannot accommodate a large number of people. During the winter rains some people don’t attend the services because the church itself is flooded,” he stated. He said as church members they have programmes for community development. “We have leadership skills, child abuse and Aids awareness campaign programmes to groom our communities. And we also have a band for the youth,” he counted.Pastor Mlamleli Marhashula added that their challenges include having a shortage of toilets and taps for water. “When we are having big services our congregants have to go and relieve themselves in the bushes. Sometimes the taps are far as we are using communal taps,” he said appealing to the government to look at the laws to accommodate everyone.