It’s taken time – but it’s happened

Things often take time to be accomplished – perhaps especially in rural Africa.

Cast your mind back to the end of 2017 when Cardinal Napier asked you to help build a new church at Cornfields.

The situation then:

‘The ‘church’ is a mud building which has somehow survived for more than 50 years.  But now the walls are crumbling, there’s little glass left in windows that no longer close.  The traditional dung floor is pitted, and the broken door is made up of bits and pieces.  Splintered poles are barely holding up the rusted and leaking roof.  Birds and chickens from the neighbourhood are nesting here, and bringing lice with them.  The Cornfields ‘church’ is now unsafe and unhygienic.’

The situation now:

There’s a new building that’s weatherproof and safe, and the very grateful parishioners would like to share their response with you:

Eunice: “I’m so thankful for the new church and for the kind people who helped us build a proper church, especially for Easter.”

Delisile:   “I’m so happy that we have a real church, and thank everyone from my heart.”

Remembrance: “I’m not scared any more that the old broken building would fall down on us.”

Elizabeth: (With a huge smile.) “Even when I die, my funeral will be in this church.”
Geraldine and grandchild: “I’m very happy and ask God to bless the people who helped to build this church for us.”

Phindile and child: “This new church is so good for the elderly and the youth.”

Cyprian: “Because of unemployment, and little money in the plate collection we couldn’t have done this ourselves.  I’m very grateful.    “

Wiseman: “Thank you, many times.”

Nonjabulo: “In the old church, the birds built their nests and their droppings were on the floor and the altar.  Now people come to church and say ‘Wow’.  Thank you to those people who made our new church possible.”

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