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March 2017

Coffee Morning: Thank You

  • 30 March 2017
  • nanda.groenewald

Where do I even begin?!  From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank every one of you so much for your support at my coffee morning for my brother! We raised more than £2000, and this will go a long way in helping to pay for his medical aid.

My brother said: “I don’t know what would have become of me if it wasn’t for the kind and generous people in my sister’s life… Thank you is such a small word – the gratitude I feel is HUGE.”

Thank you also for your continued prayers.

I am eternally grateful. Nanda

April 2017 Letter

  • 30 March 2017
  • nanda.groenewald

 

Dear congregations

I don’t think many a conversation in Scotland happens without mentioning the weather. And with good reason, because in this country the weather surely is something to talk about! André’s mum is visiting us from South Africa at the moment. And within 3 days from her arrival she experienced snow, gale-force winds with heavy rain, and the most beautiful, warm, sunny weather! It was as if even nature said: “Welcome to Scotland – the country where you can experience 4 seasons in 1 day!!”

And just like that, nature announces the arrival of Easter in bright yellow daffodils everywhere. These beautiful flowers appear as if out of nowhere, but they’ve been there all along, under the ground, underneath the snow and ice of winter, growing… And then, when spring arrives, they announce it in all their glory. André’s mum can’t get enough of the daffodils – she says that this bright yellow picture you see around every corner is something that will stay with her forever.

And the same thing is true about Easter. Jesus had to die and be buried – a dark, gloomy picture; but then God made him alive again – the most breath-taking picture this world has ever seen. Something that changed the scenery of our lives forever. Because with Jesus arose not only new life, like in spring-time; but everlasting life – for us all.

Let us praise God for that this Easter!

Blessings,

Nanda

March 2017 Letter

  • 6 March 2017
  • nanda.groenewald

 

Dear Congregations

This month I decided to write you a very personal letter, because on the 11th of March (10:30-12:30 at the West Kirk Hall), I will be holding my 3rd annual coffee morning to raise funds for my brother’s medical expenses. Now you might wonder why I do this… Because I feel it’s something I can do for him. There are so many things I can’t do for him: I can’t go visit him in hospital, I can’t take him to appointments or keep him company while he is on dialysis,  I’m not around to be a shoulder he can cry on… It’s a difficult position to be in – because I believe God called me here to minister in the Church of Scotland. My wee family and I are so happy here, we have a safe and free life (something that isn’t guaranteed in South Africa), and we are so well supported by our congregations. But I miss my dad and brother in South Africa, and I worry about them all the time. So that’s how I came to the conclusion that something I can do from here is to raise money to take one big worry away from my brother – the fear that he won’t be able to pay for his treatment.

For those of you who don’t know his story: Emuel’s had type 1 diabetes since he was 4 years old. This made his health deteriorate very much over the years, and he now has kidney failure too. He gets dialysis 3 times a week, and this can sometimes last for up to 6 hours at a time. He is a little younger than me, and one of the most kind-hearted people I have ever met. He’s not been able to work for many years now, he is in a wheelchair and can hardly see anymore. But he keeps going, always with a smile on his face. And the money we raised for him at the previous coffee mornings was almost enough to pay his medical aid for a whole year. Because there is no NHS in South Africa, if you can’t afford to pay for your treatment, you just can’t get it…

One of my favourite passages in the Bible is Esther 4:14b: “Yet who knows—maybe it was for a time like this that you were made queen!” Esther became the new queen in a time when her people really needed someone to stand up for them and make their lives better… And although that was not the reason she became the queen in the first place, she grabbed that opportunity with both hands and changed so many people’s lives. And that’s my motto in life too: “Who knows – maybe it was for a time like this that I had to come to Scotland, to West Calder and Polbeth…” Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your love, support, and generosity; for making it possible for me to reduce the stress in my brother’s life and at the same time for adding more days to his life.

May God bless you all.

Nanda

West Kirk Annual Stated Meeting

  • 4 March 2017
  • liz.dyer

The Annual Stated meeting (ASM) of West Kirk will be held on Sunday 19th march at 10.30am, following morning worship.

After the meeting, tea / coffee and cake will be served in the hall.

The attached file contains the draft minutes of last year's meeting should you wish to read through them before the meeting - simply click on the attachment to open the file.

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