24 June 2018

Botswana: Markus Urges Churches to Take Part in Development Projects

Maun — Maun East MP, Mr Konstantinos Markus has urged churches to unite and share ideas on how best they could develop their churches.

He said division amongst churches was worrisome especially those due to disputes that emanates from within the congregation saying that the focus of the church should be to spread the gospel.

Mr Markus told Spiritual Healing Church members during a fundraising activity and launch of church merchandise such as coffee mugs.

The mugs which displayed portraits of the co- founders of the church were part of the fund raising activity initiated by Mother Choir, a group which has taken the lead to drive developments within the church and also do charity activities.

He hailed Spiritual Healing Church for standing the test of time in the past 65 years noting that since its break away with St John Church, it has never experienced division something he said was common in some churches.

He said that was a sign of strong leadership and solid foundation laid by the founders of the church.

Mr Markus also commended Mother Choir for taking the lead in charitable activities and also generating funds aimed to undertake development projects within the church.

He said churches were non-making profit organisations but women of God took upon themselves to embark on different activities to develop their church. The church engages in activities such as music concerts, gala dinner, raffle and selling of lunch to generate funds.

The chairperson of Mother Choir, Ms Colinah July explained that the choir,which consisted mostly women, was formed mainly to raise funds for the development of the church and also to extend a helping hand to the needy outside church.

She said the choir members also carried out charity activities such as checking on the elderly, sick persons, offer counselling and some follow up on members of the congregation.

She said they positively influence members and the youth who continue to look up to them for guidance.

Ms July mentioned some of the development projects that they had already embarked on such as construction of the screen wall and ablution block in the church.

She mentioned some projects in the pipeline such as refurbishment of the church building, construction of a house for visitors within the church premises and also to do the pavement in the church.

"We believe that the projects would need more than P150 000 and we believe through unity with other churches, we would manage to raise the funds," she added.

For her part, the church leader from Matsiloje, Bishop Tiny Motswasele thanked Mother Choir for their innovative idea to launch mugs which carries a message of the history of the church.

She said the unveiling of the mugs came at the right when the church was in preparations to celebrate 65 years anniversary billed for August this year at Matsiloje where the church originate.

She said Mother Choir had demonstrated their zeal to work for the growth of the church as they had a clear vision to undertake tangible projects.

Bishop Motswasele revealed that some of the mugs would be displayed at the historical house (ntlo ya ditso) which was constructed at Matsiloje and further encouraged the choir to continue doing more for the benefit of the church.

Source : BOPA

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