Celebrating a century OF THE GOSPEL
Church of the Holy Ghost honours its living legends with a centenary torch
THE Church of the Holy Ghost is marking its 100th year anniversary by presenting a centenary torch to the church's living legends across the country. This is also done in preparation of the church's centenary celebration to be held in June.
HONOURING LIVING LEGENDS
In the Bible, John 8:12 says, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’.”
The centenary torch is the church's way of expressing gratitude to the icons for their hard work for the gospel and ensuring the church's heritage is passed on.
The torch was recently presented to one of the oldest members of the church, Deacon Memezi Mthembu, who is 102 years old, at his home in Mofolo, Soweto.
CELEBRATING A CENTENARY OF GRACE
Archbishop Phelelani Nzuza, the church's spiritual leader, says it is an honour to see the faces of the living legends beam with pride at being presented with the torch.
“Seeing their faces beam with satisfaction and pride, being able to read the deep stories of the church's history through their eyes and to simply hear their cracking voices utter a soft amen, is the greatest honour of this year’s celebration,” says Archbishop Phelelani.
The centenary torch has been circulating around the country in areas where the church has a footprint and will be in Gauteng for two weeks.
The church's Gauteng branch hosted a torch lighting ceremony on 8 and 15 April at Southdale Hall, Johannesburg.
The ceremony forms part of a series of events planned by the church as a build-up towards the magnificent centenary celebration on 17 June at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban.
“The lighting of the torch symbolises the light brought to Africa by the gift of the Holy Spirit. The church has seen the hand of grace, witnessed the mighty strength of provision and drank the deep well of calvary,” says Archbishop Phelelani.
HISTORY OF THE CHURCH
The Church of the Holy Ghost was established on 17 June 1917 in Stanger, KwaZulu-Natal by the spiritual leader, Archbishop Paulos Mfunwa Nzuza (uMqalisi).
During uMqalisi’s leadership, the church built a community school in Hammersdale, KwaZulu-Natal called Peaceville Community School.
He also founded two missions in his lifetime named Jerusalem (in the 1930s) and Peaceville Mission (in 1946).
The church has since had three spiritual leaders, who are affectionately and respectfully called uMqalisi, iNceku, and uMalusi.
The Church of the Holy Ghost has massively expanded with branches in Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Limpopo, North West, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Mozambique, with its stronghold in KwaZulu-Natal.