Mabopane District played host to a District Conference that was transformed into a Gauteng Province revival service over the weekend of 21-22 September 2019. The gathering which began with a Youth Service on Saturday afternoon, followed by a Women service later during the day was attended by throngs of UAAC members from 14 Gauteng Districts (Pretoria, Alexander, Dannilton, Mpumalanga, Ekurhuleni, Town, East Rand, Khathorus, Soweto, Soweto 1, Soweto 2, Brits, Thembisa, and Diepsloot). They were joined by their respective Councillors, the Women Leadership comprising of Inspectors and Women Committee, Youth Leadership which also included Limpopo Youth Chairman, Jev E Mureri as well as Gauteng‘s Bishop Muzila.
The great organizing skills of Mabopane District, led by its Chairperson Rev P Thema, were on display as evidenced by the seamless procession of events. The District partnered with both the local government and the private sector to stage one of the most successful UAAC gatherings ever held North of Pretoria. Local Ward Councillor, Cllr Sindane and Brainet MD, Mr Jerry Matjele graced the conference with their presence and vowed to partner with the church henceforth. Cllr Sindane who had earlier donated a Water Tank for the event promised the UAAC Bokenhout branch a permanent place of worship as the church has proven that it has huge membership and following in the Mabopane area. He expressed gratitude to the church as it is not in the business of feeding people with organisms or using unsafe pesticides for healing purposes. Mr Matjele also expressed appreciation and indicated that his company will assist the UAAC in future events. The company had made financial contribution to the District for catering purposes.
Mabopane Youth Chairperson, Mr Tshililo Mulovhedzi and Gauteng Youth Secretary, Mr Phumudzo Ramufhufhi, led the youth service at noon on 21 September 2019. Under the theme, “Do not be nervous of darkness, the sun will rise again”, successive speakers, including Youth President Ramutsheli, took turns on various items to reiterate the importance of hope under any circumstances. They all encouraged the youth to put their hope in the almighty at all times. Miss Mulalo Mudzanani delivered an electrifying sermon based on the theme.
Inspector Ndou and Chief Inspector Ramalamula led the Women service later during the day and also encouraged Women to remain hopeful under all circumstances.
Exuberance was an understatement when the evening service kicked off at 23:00. UAAC members were streaming in from various Gauteng districts and Limpopo Province for an enjoyable night vigil which was officially opened by Bishop Muzila. He encouraged UAAC members to strive for peace and unity at all times.
On Sunday, Program Directors, Mrs C Nxumalo and Rev T Netshilavulu, steered the most successful service. The duo had their hands full as the UAAC faithful enjoyed themselves on the dusty dance floor. Chief Inspector Ramalamula led the congregants in the moment of silence and remembrance candle lightening session in memory of our Honourable Archbishop Dr EMM Mureri. She took the congregants down memory lane, reminiscing about his call for unity, peace and love for one another. Bishop Muzila lit the candle of remembrance and all the church structures joined the Chief Inspector and held their candles tight as most eyes welled up when the UAAC faithful remembered their most revered father. They then broke into their favourite anthem, Thavha ya tswevhelele, to resume proceedings and UAAC ‘s Youngest and only female Pastor, Mashudu Rambau, delivered the most moving sermon, much to the appreciation of most congregants, including members of the local community in attendance.
Jev Mureri implored all UAAC members to remain united, whilst Bishop Muzila reiterated his call not to forget and live by the Archbishop‘s teachings.
It also became a day of gifts and honours as Mabopane District presented Jev Mureri and its District leadership various gifts whilst the Youth seized the opportunity to express appreciation to their leader, Rev ND Ramutsheli, with accolades.
The conference certainly lived to its transformed theme as all attendants’ spirits were conspicuously revived.
Peace unto all.