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Building meaningful relationships that transcend racism, sexism and all other forms of discrimination. Informing our prophetic ministry by research into socio-economic issues. Restore us and make your face shine on us That we may be saved. The implications of such tensions will, no doubt, rest on how the year 2015 will be managed by all the leaders and members of this beautiful District.5 2016 CONTENTS The Mission Statement of the MCSA . The Future The challenge facing us now is how we can ensure that 50 years from now, songs will be sung about us, and poems recited to honour our contribution towards a Christ healed Africa for the healing of the nations.
Co-ordinated programmes for Christian Education, information and communication. Finally, we encourage every Circuit to set aside the last Sunday in May each year to celebrate what God is doing among us and to commit ourselves once again to our high calling in Christ. Give us grace to follow Jesus the healer, Jesus the peacemaker, Jesus the Saviour of the world, Jesus the Lord of all life. The spirit of division and hurt affected both the departure of the previous Bishop and the induction of the new Bishop.
Empowerment and Development which give dignity and new purpose to those who have been deprived. Let us ensure that our mission of healing and transformation is holistic, embracing all the imperatives for mission. The on-going challenge is for the MCSA to find a focus around the renewed Institution so as to make Healdtown vibrant again.
We resolve to take intentional and sustained action to implement these imperatives in such areas as: The Healing Ministry. Let us participate in God’s mission in ways that are appropriate to our local contexts and in partnership with the wider church and community. Conflict Someone once said that it is not wise to stop and look at the road that one has travelled unless one wants to use that road again. The year 2014 saw this District engulfed in a conflict that threatened to destroy the ethos and pride of what it means to be a Methodist.
We recognise the importance of the local church and rejoice in the many Circuits and Societies where life-giving mission is taking place. We invite the people of God throughout Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland to join us as we put ourselves at God’s disposal to carry forward God’s mission in this sub-continent. The project of reviving the Healdtown Institution near Fort Beaufort reached a milestone last year.
In trust and obedience we commit ourselves anew to the four imperatives for mission in our time: A deepened Spirituality as individuals and a Christian Community. Evangelism and Church growth which build up the people of God. Let us each renew our personal commitment to Jesus Christ and seek to grow in grace and in love for God, one another and the world. The buildings are almost complete and the Eastern Cape government is now fully on board.
Most of the workers and youth from our areas continue to flood the more affluent “Mother City”.