Granny (99) trusts God with life

2019-03-27 06:02
Granny Hana Mfeku (front) celebrated her 99th birthday on Saturday (23/03) and her daughters and granddaughters rejoiced in this special occasion. With her are from the left Nandipha Phaphama (grandchild), Pheli Mfeku (last born), Eunice Bogachu (fourth child) and Nomvula Mfeku (grandchild).Photo: Teboho Setena

Granny Hana Mfeku (front) celebrated her 99th birthday on Saturday (23/03) and her daughters and granddaughters rejoiced in this special occasion. With her are from the left Nandipha Phaphama (grandchild), Pheli Mfeku (last born), Eunice Bogachu (fourth child) and Nomvula Mfeku (grandchild).Photo: Teboho Setena

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The birthday celebration of Granny Hana Mfeku was more than just an event to mark a special occasion.

This grandmother celebra­ted her 99th year and her family, relatives and friends shared this with her on Saturday (23/03) at her home in Bochabela.

The event created an opportunity for the younger generation to learn the lessons of life and to draw inspiration from Granny Mfeku on how to make one’s life worth living and to know the essence of God’s will.

Granny Mfeku said living to turn 99 was God’s will, rather than her personal will.

“It is an amazing blessing from God and his will that I have lived to see 99 years, something that I never thought would happen.

“I am grateful for God’s will. I have always trusted God with life,” said the soft-spoken Granny Mfeku.

She was born in 1920 in Fort Beaufort, also known as eBhofolo, in the Eastern Cape and had lived through the influence the Se­cond World War (1939 to 1945) had in South Africa.

Granny Mfeku relocated to Bloemfontein in the 1950s after she got married to Mzimasi John Mfeku, who passed on in the 1980s.

They were blessed with ten children, of which four are still alive. They are Nonceba, Dorah, Pheli and Eunice.

Pheli Mfeku (44), her last born child, said there were plenty of life lessons to learn from her wonderful mother.

Some of these are the importance of respect for others, self-respect, discipline and living a Godly life.

“Testimony of living a Godly life is that she prays three times every day; at midnight, in the morning and at night before she sleeps.

“She always says a prayer before having a meal. The importance of living a Godly life is one she emphasises to all of us,” said Pheli.

Eunice (61), an elder daughter, said her mother did not compromise when it came to types of food.

“She prefers well-prepared food, which is home-brewed. Alcohol is not on her list.”

She said her mother routinely walked around the house without using a walking stick and still washed some of her own clothes.

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