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I would like to thank all of you who were part of the AFM National Day of Prayer last Sunday. I have received messages of appreciation from several Pastors and our members. We are not out of the woods yet. We must therefore continue to stand in the gap through prayer for our people.
On 8 March, this year we celebrated International Women’s Day. This coming Sunday, 9 August 2020 we will be celebrating National Women’s Day in South Africa. We will also be celebrating women’s month during the whole month of August. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all AFM women a happy Women’s Day and a happy Women’s Month.
Funerals continue to be potential coronavirus infection spots. This is mainly due to the disregard of the Covid-19 protocols such as social distancing, wearing of masks and sanitizing or washing of hands with soap in running water. Unfortunately, this is also experienced at the funerals of high-profile individuals. As AFM leadership, we have taken a position that the AFM leaders and members should avoid being transmitters of the virus, and rather be transmitters of hope. In this regard I would like to make a plea to all Pastors to do whatever is possible to ensure that infection is mitigated at our funerals. I have taken liberty to include a guideline document from www.churchinaction.org.za for your reference:
At the recent National Leadership Forum, the new AFM Chaplaincy Committee was appointed. They are Dr. Henri Weideman (Chairperson), Past. Florence Sibanyoni (Secretary), Past. John T. Lempe (South African Police Services AFM Liaison Officer), Past. Vincent Grobler (Department of Correctional Services AFM Liaison Officer) and Past. John N. Jaftha (South African National Defense Force AFM Liaison Officer). I am asking you to keep them in your prayers.
My prayer is that God would sustain you, give you strength and guide you as you continue with your ministry under difficult and painful circumstances during the Covid-19 period.