On the 8th September 2017 was a joint meeting held between the UEM delegation and about twenty RCSA & URCSA leaders in Cape Town, South Africa. The talks and visits were in the framework of the UEM follow up after the RCSA was accepted by the last year UEM General Assembly to be a full member and the URCSA as an associate member. The Moderators of both churches committed to ensure that UEM work is promoted in their churches. Participants to all meetings feel like they will make meaningful contributions to the UEM Communion by sharing their time, resources and talents.
“The two churches have a lot of historical background with the United Evangelical Mission in Wuppertal” confirmed the two church leaders in South Africa. They believe the international mission experience of UEM member churches will bring a lot of learning experiences and new insights to their churches.
The RCSA and URCSA leaders in Cape Town ensured the UEM General Secretary, the Rev Volker Martin Dally that they are committed to UEM as a communion of Churches in three continents. From the UEM Africa Board commitment of doubling the African Churches’ financial contributions in 2018, the UEM General Secretary called upon for a real financial commitment of UEM member churches in being an engine for social transformation in the today’s communities in need. UEM through her Corporate Identity encourages the mission and responsibility of member churches which includes both the proclamation of the Gospel and its demonstration through the social work. From Jesus, we learn that the truth is to be proclaimed with authority and lived with grace.
Rev Volker Martin Dally said: “It is UEM experience that the church must constantly evangelize, professionally respond lovingly to human needs, as well as seek the welfare of the people in the community”. By living out the implications of the gospel, the missional church offers a verbal defense and a living example of its power.
Before travelling back to Germany, on Sunday 10th September 2017, the UEM General Secretary and the Africa Executive Secretary ended their visit program by preaching respectively in the RCSA and the URCSA Congregations in Cape Town.
Rev Dr John Wesley Kabango, UEM Executive Secretary Africa