Recruits stood the test of time

2016-01-28 06:00
Nokuzola Peter, senior priest, Ndileka Mahlathi and Mncedisi Sandi were ordained ministers, Reverend Lekhaya James, regional dean, during the event, in Langa, on Sunday.  PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Nokuzola Peter, senior priest, Ndileka Mahlathi and Mncedisi Sandi were ordained ministers, Reverend Lekhaya James, regional dean, during the event, in Langa, on Sunday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Ethopian Episcopal Church in Langa recently ordain a number of seniors to the positions of deacons and pastors within its fold recently.

Two seniors were elevated to positions of priest, while two others became deacons. For them and their families, the occasion was one that left fond memories.

The event took place last Sunday.

Mncedisi Sandi and Ndileka Mahlathi were promoted from deacons to ministers, and Buyiswa Mhlom and John Nongalaza, were elevated from Evangelist to the Deaconship.

Nokuzola Peter, a senior priest at the church hailed the day as one that will always stand out in the church's calendar.

“It is a very big day for us as the church. It is a celebration...we welcome them into the priesthood and deaconship of the church. They are called by God to the ministry,” Peter said.

Peter said these opportunities were open to church members who voluntarily raised their hands to announce their availability for serving God’s people.

According to her, those that chose this path first work under the supervision of a designated senior pastor for a minimum period of a year, where they also undergo training before they get promoted.

Thus the two have served variously as evangelists, have led the congregation, visited hospitals and have participated in many other church activities and projects.

“There is no rest for a deacon. They must be prepared to sacrifice their time to advance the work of the church at any time. The church then decides their fate, having done a diligent check on their track record,” Peter added.

Mhlom is deployed in the Cape Town East (Paarl) region.

She said she first heard her calling in 1996, but ignored it until 2000.

“God spoke to me...I had to open my ears after I felt the presence of his voice. I then knocked on for evangelism and my church gave me the green light. Challenges were there, but I overcame them...”

The lot were inducted by Reverend Daliwonga Ntlokwana. Mahlathi is deployed in Oudtshoorn, Sandi is deployed in George and Nongalaza in Worcester.

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