After having Sunday services in a wood-and-iron structure for five years, a Lwandle church has welcomed a new church building.The United Methodist Church in Mandla Street, Asanda Village celebrated the near completion of its new church on Friday. Member Gloria Hungana said she just decided to start asking for donations so the congregation could build a proper structure. She is also a trustee of the Halli Trust and also approached them for a donation. “It was just an idea I had,” she said. “I asked many people for donations and when I asked Martin he immediately made work of it.”Martin Naude is also a trustee of Halli Trust and is married to the founder of the organisation, Heidi Naude. Hungana recalls him saying: “Don’t worry about this, we will sort it out.” She adds that she can’t believe that the building has materialised so quickly after she initially set out to ask for donations in November of last year. “I can’t believe that it is done, in such a short period,” she gushed. “I and the rest of the congregation are very excited about attending our services in such a beautiful building. We still can’t believe it.”Naude said bestowing such a gift upon a community is such an emotional experience, and so precious. “It means so much and it makes me emotional to be able to help people in such a way, and be able to make a difference in their lives,” he said, adding that after Hungana’s request for help he immediately started looking for sponsors. “I asked everyone I could for help on the project,” Naude said. “We were blessed that so many people said yes and came on board. The only thing left to do is finish the ceiling, and for that we are still looking for a sponsor.” Rev Siyabonga Winston Dyanti said his congregation is very happy and feels very blessed to have received this building. He said: “It was never easy in the past, and without help we would never have been able to get this far in building our church. We thank our Heavenly Father for this blessing. I believe it takes a driven person to do something like this, for which I believe the intervention came directly from God.”The official opening of the church building was celebrated on Friday 6 April, with several of the sponsors present. Should anyone wish to make a donation to help complete the ceiling, they can contact Naude on 082 457 5914.