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Dear Kopanong Community

As a congregation among the people of Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa, we want to recognize and salute all people working hard and tirelessly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We also thank those who are speaking for the various faith communities in our country. We are deeply aware of the fact that religious freedom is a right according to our constitution, and we will forever be thankful to be part of a country where this is true.

We vow to, to the best of our abilities, adhere to the rules and regulations set forward by the government of our country. We take note that religious gatherings of 50 people or less are allowed under level 3 of the lock-down, but we choose to take another road at the current moment:

For the time being, our Sunday Services will still not continue. It is currently too much of a risk – we do not want to create spaces where possible large number of infections can take place, especially when we know that the COVID-19 pandemic has not yet reached its peak. We see this decision then as a proactive measure in the fight against COVID-19. Stay home. Stay safe. Be responsible with your own and other people’s lives.

We do, however, want to motivate you to continue being church as God called you to be. To be clear on this – the church building is currently ‘locked’; BUT the Church in the sense of the Body of Christ has never been under lock-down. Care for one another; Love; Show and live compassion. The Spirit of God has, through the ages, inspired the Bride of Christ to shine a beacon of hope in times of trouble and hardship. Choose to be part of this.

Luther writes in 1527, during the Bubonic plague:

“This I well know, that if it were Christ or his mother who were laid low by illness everybody would be so solicitous and would gladly become a servant or helper. Everyone would want to be bold and fearless; nobody would flee but everyone would come running… If you wish to serve Christ and to wait on him, very well, you have your sick neighbor close at hand. Go to him and serve him, and you will surely find Christ in him…”

We encourage you in this time to find refuge, peace, and inspiration from the book of Matthew – this will be the Gospel that we are going to journey in from next Sunday.

I conclude then with Matthew 10:40-42:'

40 “The one who receives you receives me, and the one who receives me receives the one who sent me. 41 The one who receives a prophet because that person is a prophet will receive the reward of a prophet, and the one who receives a righteous person because that person is a righteous person will receive the reward of a righteous person. 42 And whoever gives one of these little ones merely a cup of cold water because that person is a disciple, truly I tell you, that person will by no means lose his or her reward.”

Forever in His service

The Kopanong Team

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