Chaplain Nomayeza Malangabe (68), a member of the Pentecostal Faith Ministries Lakarooi in Bloemfontein, has received recognition from an African ministry institution for her selfless service of providing spiritual and religious care across the Free State community.
Malangabe has received a Doctor of Ministry Counselling and Psychology certificate (honoris causa) from the Trinity International Bible University (Tibu), based in Ghana.
She was honoured at a ceremony held on 3 March in Port Elizabeth.
Malangabe was one of the few selected from South Africa as a deserving recipient.
The recipients were acknowledged for their role of the provision of spiritual upliftment and religious care to communities they serve in their respective regions.
Malangabe serves as chaplain of the Free State Department of Social Development.
She deals with complex issues of members of society.
Her duties include counselling, rendering spiritual support and reaching out to society members to deal according to their issues.
Malangabe said recognition came as a surprise, as she was also recommended by someone outside the province.
“I was honoured by the institution, but I regard this as a blessing by God on the other hand, and as appreciation of the work I’m doing of spreading the gospel and spiritually uplifting people.
“I had goose bumps at the thought of traveling to receive this honour by an institution.
“It’s amazing to see what is happening for me at this age. I’m inspired by this and have again been reminded to remain a God-fearing woman,” Malangabe said.
“Spiritual upliftment helps us learn not to let circumstances and people affect our inner-being and state of mind, and more importantly that God does exist and remains our saviour all the time,” she said.
Malangabe was ordained as a chaplain in 2005.