A Letter to the Diocesan Bishop Dino Gabriel -21 October 2018
Dear Bishop Dino
In May 2011 when I started ministry at St Barnabas Bluff I wrote to the Parish saying to them that this Parish could benefit from having assistant priest. For the work is plentiful on the Bluff for one clergy person to do. At this stage we do not have capacity to have an assistant priest so we have agreed, today, Sunday the 21st October 2018, @ 0900 Service, that the congregation of St Barnabas Bluff will set up an endowment fund to do the following:
1. Build or Buy a House for an Assistant Priest
2. Buy a car for an assistant Priest
3. Help to build savings to support the anticipated increase in assessment, insurance and the up keep of the assistant Priest
We have emphasised that our giving should be intentional so that we can carry out the Mission of God. We have said to ourselves that we are a Missionary Church and that we should be involved in Church planting by increasing the number of clergy in the Parish. Scripture says, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest.” This runs parallel with the Diocesan Vision, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch."
As you can imagine we are very excited. It is a vision we hope and pray that as we go into the future it will unfold and come into fruition. We are encouraging one another to intentionally give money, time and expertise. Our giving should be mission oriented. For the Glory of God.
We have challenged ourselves that starting from October 2018 we will set aside 10% of our monthly parish income to build this Endowment Fund towards seeing the Vision of having full time assistant priest at St Barnabas Bluff. This commitment will be reflected in the 2019 budget.
Please remember us in your prayers.
You will be excited to know that we now have daily Mass at St Barnabas. All for the Glory of God and our intention is to pray for the Prosperity of Durban and ultimately South Africa. Scripture says, “Work to see that the city where I sent you as exiles enjoys peace and prosperity. Pray to the LORD for it. For as it prospers you will prosper.”
It is this realisation that our duty as Christians is to Pray and Offer Mass for the welfare of Durban, because ultimately our welfare is linked to its welfare. So, we cannot expect the Parish to increase whilst the City economically is shutting down, ours is to pray that industries and shops in Durban are hiring people. In the same breath we pray for the Prosperity of South Africa.
Yours in the Service of Jesus Christ,
Barnabas Sibusiso Nqindi
Rector of St Barnabas Anglican Church Parish of the Bluff
Reply from Bishop Dino Gabriel -Bishop of Natal -23 October 2018
I greet you in the Name of the Lord.
Thank you for making me aware of the exciting Vision you and your people at St Barnabas have for the future ministry at the Bluff. I support it wholeheartedly. Go for it my brother with my blessing and my prayer. Are you looking at 2020 or 2021 for a start in the implementation of this GREAT VISION?
Lots of love.
Reply to Bishop Dino by Fr. Barnabas Nqindi - 23 October 2018
God Willing 2021. We are opening a fixed account at FNB this Saturday the 27 October 2018.
Sibusiso 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