Origionally Posted to wordpress on September 13, 2011 by St Barnabas Anglican Parish of the Bluff
St Barnabas-Bluff is in need of a major up lift. This up lift can be seen in two ways: property and people. The two go hand in hand. Our surroundings can make us cheerful or sad. A cluttered place can take energy from you – drain. If the surroundings are not good then people will not be happy either. Nehemiah become sad because the surroundings back home where all broken down, the walls needed rebuilding. Nehemiah was inspired by God to go home and rebuild the broken walls. In the process he inspired the Jews to believe in the vision and in themselves. This inspiration did a lot to their wellbeing because they began to have sense of direction and purpose and they built the wall and we see this in the preceding chapters. This does not mean that Nehemiah did not have opposition he did. But he continued despite the opposition and the broken walls were restored. This helped to up lift the Jews in Jerusalem. Today we launch our fence project and I hope just like the Jews it will bring to the parish a sense of pride in our property of St Barnabas and sense of joy to us, just like it did for the Jews. The Jews felt good about themselves with their accomplishment and they also knew that this awesome project though daunting at the beginning led them to become motivated and relationships improved because people had to communicate together for the work to be done. This accomplishment improved they sense of identity as a people who worship the one living God. There is a lot that we can get out from the fence project and I hope one these will be better relationships with each other and it is from these relationships that we can become a vibrant parish. Project our Fence will say to those around us this people are united and strong to have pulled this off. This building stands as a testimony of good relationships that where there when it was built. So may the fence project be an inspiration to us in the present and those who will come after us in the future!
Fr. Barnabas Nqindi
My name is Barnabas Sibusiso Nqindi, rector of St Barnabas-Bluff. I enjoy a good debate and I love to see people grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ