Jesus must be known, and we are called to make him known
We are already spending lots of time and effort to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus in this city. As an extension of this act of faith, we create this website to express more about who Jesus is. Because we are His Body & Jesus himself is the head, we want to believe that expressing who we are, reflects Jesus in a way. There is a responsibility that comes with this statement, because we do not have the liberty to do as we like and then call that an expression of Jesus, no that's just cheap! We apply ourselves to the Word of God, to prayer, with faith, through grace, as a family, focussed on Jesus, step by step as we believe we are being lead - and that will bring forth more and more of the likeness of Christ though our lives - which is in itself then an expression of Jesus & His Kingdom.
The church carries a mandate and authority, why not use to various extend?
We as the church can easily end up living as if we are a secret society to be discovered by those who will work hard enough to find us, and the effort would give birth to genuine partnership.
Over here we are more and more urged towards a proactive Gospel visibility than a reactive. That means we want to be out there and gather people, love them, enjoy being amongst them and see them one by one brought closer to Jesus, just like we are.
Hence this website! May this develop to be a tool that us used to communicate the right messages to the right people - one big invite to real people to meet, connect, or even reconnect with the real Jesus.
The UCI community - You are such a delightful bunch of people and we are blessed to be around you - stay at it! Let this site serve you to stay updated with what is going on and about to go on!
The wider community - We love meeting new people, and like it is in every city - some people are in search for God and some are not - we love you both! Why not come and join us for a Sunday meeting, a social event, or something that interests you about us. This site is to keep you informed too.
Uitenhage, Despatch, Port Elizabeth...
We absolutely love living here. A theology of time & place makes us fall in love with it over and over again, knowing we are here to make a difference and that it is not by chance or luck that we are here. It would rather be sad to think that one could actually end up living and spending ones life in a certain place, and not loving it, not being called to be there, not put any value back into it, not leave a legacy behind, and perhaps being just a number. That is sad... but what about the inverse - being here for a reason, expressing our faith that God has called us to be here and to reach the people around us, adding value by just being who we are, adding value by actively serving in our community, and hopefully when the time comes to move on, a story can be told about the graces of God that was evident through it all.
If you share this place with me, won't you give a prayer of thanks that God chose to place us here. Won't you look around you and see where you can make a difference. Won't you believe that Jesus loves every person we can see and every one we can't - and He intends to express it through us!
Much love from us