15th – 17th March 2013
|l-r Sue Watson; Peter & Linda Radmanovich; Don Watson|
What an exciting weekend this has been for me !
Time, distance and circumstances prevent us from staying in touch with many people from our past. But not this weekend! A glorious get together was organized by the Walvis Bay Baptist Church under the leadership of her deacons and pastors.
The occasion was the 30th anniversary of the opening of the church building in January 1983.
|Clive & Lynn van Rooyen|
Now for some perspective. The Walvis Bay Baptist Church isn't 30 years old. It was actually constituted in 1972, and there had been a Sunday School work going on before that, which had already started in 1962. So the Walvis Bay Baptist Church can look back over a history of at least 50 years. This fact actually makes the church the oldest Baptist church in Namibia.
What we celebrated then was actually the 30th anniversary since the church building was dedicated as a place of worship. The building had originally been a hospital laboratory which had become an old derelict building. Pastor Peter Radmanovich had approached the Walvis Bay Municipality with an offer of purchase, which was eventually, if not reluctantly, granted. The members of the church, in the ever practical hands of Pastor Radmanovich undertook to renovate the building – a project which may have taken 2 years to complete, and now the time had come to look back and to give thanks for 30 years of God’s faithful faithfulness to the church.
|Old friends: Ivo & Kaiko de Gouveia|
|Old friends : Andrew and Soleil Ratcliffe|
Celebrations began on Friday evening as past and present pastoral couples came together for fellowship, hosted by Callie and Carol Rossouw, at their home. Pastor Don and Sue Watson (1977-1980), Pastor Peter and Linda Radmanovich (1980 - 1987), Pastor Clive and Lynn van Rooyen (1987-1995) had served the church at their various times, while Pastor Paul and Ethne Jones and Pastor Les and Elsabe Wiseman had served the church as interim pastors at various times. Don Watson was the pastor who welcomed me into the Walvis Bay Baptist Church after I had I had returned from Cape Town where I had become a Christian in 1978. He baptized me in 1980. Peter Radmanovich impressed upon me the seriousness of Christian discipleship.
Since December 1999 the church has been led by Pastor Callie and Carol Rossouw, assisted by Student Minister Marinus and his wife Ilse de Bruijne.
|Present pastor : Callie Rossouw|
On Sunday morning a worship service led by Pastor Rossouw resounded to the Glory of God as we continued to exalt the Lord our God for His faithfulness to this church, which had survived all these years through the Grace of God alone, through some very difficult and challenging times.
I had the privilege of preaching the Word. I took as my text 1 Samuel 7:12 “Ebenezer- until now the Lord has helped us!” The exposition can be found on my sermon blog. http://joachimrieck.blogspot.com
SOLI DEO GLORIA !
|Paul and Ethne Jones|
|Les and Elsabe Wiseman|