Michelle has been busy working with new missionaries that have been assigned to the new fields. We have a new missionary family, Errol and Rhonda Carrim who have come to serve at the Nazarene Theological College here in South Africa, we have Jacques Balibanga and his family that just moved to Cameroon to develop the work there, and new missionaries serving in creative access areas that also received training. She has had help from Paul and Carrol Wheelock who have helped her in entering data and keeping up with all the details of serving missionaries across the continent. We have also enjoyed engaging and being a part of the local ministry at Davidsonville Church of the Nazarene.
We had our first Urban Ministry Forum here in Pretoria, South Africa. That is the capital city for South Africa and has a diverse mix of culture and people groups interacting in a big city. We had more than 90 participants from around the continent gather for a weekend of discovery, discussion, and involvement as we tackled the challenging issues facing ministries in the urban centers of Africa. The special speakers were great and we all learned so much from each other. We hope it will only be the beginning as we begin a focus for the next few years on moving our church from presence to relevance in the cities of Africa. Please see our link to the story about the event and details of all that happened that weekend.