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FROM THE CHAIRPERSON'S DESK

 - Lesley Mc Call -

 

 

 

18 December  2016

CHRISTMAS 2016 MESSAGE

I went for a jog along the beach recently at 6.30 in the morning which for some reason was a good half an hour before my usual time.  My reward came in the spectacular sight of a pod of dolphins playfully leaping out of the water in a straight line running parallel to the shore.  Had I have left at my usual time they would have already left the bay.  I was relaying the incident to my boss and he said he too had gone to the beach, even earlier than me for some inexplicable reason and was greeted by a beautiful sunrise and awesome cloud formation draped across the mountain!  Made me think that all of us, in our different way are blessed at various times throughout our lives , itís just being grateful for whatever we have that makes it so special.

At the HBCCA when we look back over this past year we do indeed have so much to be grateful for.  For those of you who follow our website you no doubt will be impressed by the upgrading of the entire entrance to Iziko Lobomi.  Our Treasurer, Hennie Jacobs has been the man of vision and very much at the helm of all our repairs and renovations.  No doubt you will also have seen the photographs of our 20th Anniversary Celebration which took place in October of this year.  The celebration was a way to acknowledge Godís faithfulness to the Centre, and, of course, a way to express our gratitude to you our loyal friends and supporters over the years who have made so much of what we have even possible.

In our ever increasing quest to guide the Centre towards self-sustainability, we will be launching at the end of this month a reception area cum coffee shop that will welcome our overseas visitors with a complementary coffee or cool drink in exchange for a nominal entrance fee.  This not only offers employment for two ladies from within the community but it takes us one step further to becoming a self-reliant facility.

Until then we are not only the hub of the community but the jewel!  I asked one of the Mamas recently why she made the daily trip to the Centre just to sit on the stoep and watch the world pass her by.  She smiled and said how lovely it was to sit somewhere so peaceful and so clean and tidy.  Even with the hustle and bustle of the busy street outside the Centre and the frequent taxis horns as they tout for local trade, there is a presence of peace that can only be attributed to the faith that we have in the one who is the true cornerstone of Iziko Lobomi, our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. May you and your loved ones be blessed this Christmas and in the forthcoming New Year by the one who came into this world for the sake of all mankind.  ďFor unto us a child is born, unto us a son is givenĒ

Enkosi.

Lesley McCall

Chairperson

for and on behalf of the Hout Bay Christian Community Association.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HOUT BAY CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Hout Bay, Cape Town

 South Africa