The Mozambican Annual Conference
ordained Evangelist Clive John Pillay, the Cape Annual Conference Evangelist as
an Itinerant Deacon at the Annual Conference on 23 October 1999.
Evangelist Clive Pillay is presently
working on the Mozal Site in Mozambique where there are presently in excess of
10,000 workers. Access to the site being restricted ( as this is a Government
Project) the preaching of the word, as well as the serving of the Communion
cannot be carried out by churches nearby. Evangelist Pillay is acting as the Chaplin
for the site and has been ordained to serve this community, as well as assist with the work in the area.
The traveling of the preachers from
one to charge to the other in Mozambique is very taxing and demanding. Salaries
being non-existent, pastors sometime have to travel between 50 and 100km from
one charge to the other. The availability of ministers leaves much to be
desired, hence the ordination of the Evangelist.
After 28 years of service to the
Lord, the last thing that ever crossed the mind of the Evangelist was an
ordination. God works in mysterious ways, wonders to perform. When He has called
you to a task, you will end up therein, no matter when. 28 years after all may
be God school of training for a task that only He knows the end of.
The Situation After about 25yrs as a war-torn country, Mocambique finally came into its own as far as leadership is concerned. The aftermath how-ever left the people of this country to be rated at one time as the poorest nation in the world. Presently the average labour wages per month is about R75.00 or just more than U$10.00 (ten)
Ministers often go without receiving any remuneration. Top offertory is sometimes R2.50. The fact that I have landed up in Mozambique and that I could render a ministry unto God's people, blessed with the availabilty of transport, I surrendered to this strong call.
I am told that the people of Mozambique can erect an edifice for the Lord within ONE MONTH but alas, the funds are not available, in spite of all other resources being at hand.
Here at Mozal I have already rallied some resources to contribute to our being proud of having a HOUSE OF PRAYER to meet in. A country where OUR church services are still being held on the front stoep of some of the congregations. I solicit your prayers as God uses me in this part of His vineyard.
Freely ye have received, freely give
Once again I am reminded of the cruel fact that we are very selective where, when and what we give, but prepared to take ...When will we ever be proud enough to leave our own wants and desires and reach out and let others be proud of our Zion
The African Methodist Episcopal Church have during the last year participated very heavily in ecumenical services. Rev Clive Pillay has contacted the Weslyan Methodist, United Methodist as well as the free Methodist Churches and have graced their pulpits. He is presently the representative for the Mocambican Coucil of Churches as a contact on the Mozal Site.
Evening ecumenical services once held every forth-night, is now held weekly as organised by Rev. Peter Clark of the Weslyan Methodist Church and Rev. Clive Pillay. Sunday 23 January 2000 saw a Covenant service for all Methodists in Maputo with Rev. Pillay once again representing the African Methopdist Episcopal Church. Sis Sarah Zandemala proves to be quite an invaluable asset to the church here in Mocambique. She is presently helping Rev. Pillay in getting around to the various charges. She also repesnted the African Methodist Epicsopal Church at the Methodist Covenant Service.
A youth choir consisting of about 50 young people from the Methodist, Lutheran, United Methodist and Anglican church presently meets every week to participate in the evening services.
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