Aug 2020

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W H E R E I T ' S A L L A B O U T J E S U S

VOL NO.3 | ISSUE NO.26 | AUG '20


IT DIDN’T

T DIDN’T

WORK

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JANINE

GOVENDER

OUT AS

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PLANNED

LANNED

So, I guess we’re celebrating our 20th birthday at home. At first, I was of the mindset, “Let’s

just write off 2020, let’s just say this was a trial/test year and write it off as unsuccessful.”

But was it? I think I was absolutely wrong. WE TURNED 20. That is a celebration that

deserves so much attention, gratitude and praise.

How many people didn’t even think ICC would make it to year 2? On the week leading up to

the very first service, I’m sure there were talks of how Pastor David couldn’t pull it off. On the

day he declared that Orient Mall wouldn’t be the church for very long, I’m sure there were

murmurs of people thinking he was crazy. On the day Pastor Jeremy became pastor, I’m

sure there were people plotting the downfall of our church and smiling, assuring themselves

he would be a dismal failure. As ICC grew, the ministry grew, and the vision enlarged – the

sceptism did too. But with God on our side all this time, not only did the nay-sayers get

proven wrong, God elevated us to such standards that we now feel like we are walking on

sunshine (ohhh ohhh). I’m not saying for a moment that we’re proud or walk around with a

new arrogance, but we do walk around proud of a God who said ‘yes’ when others would

have said ‘no’. We walk around proud of a Father who took more than amazing care of His

children and we walk around proud of a church, a people that have become such a special

part of our lives.

Yes, this celebration didn’t go as planned. We can sulk because we didn’t get to sing

together, or assemble around the table with Uncle Mustafa’s breyani, or take our annual

anniversary selfies and pics. But the greater news is when we do reunite, it will be great, it

will be emotional and it will sure be remembered. 20 years church. On a personal level, I

couldn’t picture my life anywhere else, with any other people and call any other church my

home. You are my family, you are my home you are my church, ICC. I love you and can’t

wait to see you soon.

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I N A N D A R O U N D O U R C H U R C H

NEWS

1 . S P E C I A L N O T I C E

Family of ICC, after consultation with the

Church Council it has been decided that our

church will continue to remain closed for

physical gatherings in August and we will

continue to broadcast our services online

exclusively. This is despite the fact that

religious gatherings of no more than 50

people are now permitted. This decision

will be reviewed at the end of the month. You

have my assurance that this decision was

taken with your spiritual and physical health

as the primary concerns. I am confident that

individuals and families are being diligent in

their responsibility to grow spiritually of which

participating in the services is of vital

importance.

However, church-based face to face

counseling have resumed by appointment

only. There is still no home visitation.

If you have any queries, feel free to contact

me.

Please continue to pray for the situation, that

God will intervene and we will be able to

safely gather together again soon. In the

meantime, take care and stay safe.

- Pastor Jeremy

2 . C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S

Congratulations to Daniel and Sheyra who got

married on 25 July. May God bless you richly

in your married life together.

Congratulations to Marlin and Trisha who

welcomed their baby, Tia Mair'e Govender into

the world on 9 July 2020. We thank God for

His Hands on this young family through what

was a difficult pregnancy at a time when

seeking medical treatment is so risky. God

bless you as you grow together in the grace of

God.

3 . S U N D A Y S C H O O L O N L I N E

We are glad to announce that we completed

the first term of our online Sunday School in

July. We thank God for the 43 learners who

were diligent in their studies and anticipate

that they will continue to do so in the terms

still to come. A special ‘Thank You’ to the

parents for helping us to facilitate this.

4 . K E E P P R A Y I N G

Please pray for the members of our church.

People are going through tough times and it is

made more difficult by the fact that we can’t

be there for them physically. At the moment,

some of our members are seriously ill, going

through tremendous financial difficulties,

losing jobs, in hospital and working on the

frontline of the pandemic. Many of our

members have returned to work even though

the risk of infection is increasing. Many of our

parents are facing the difficult decision of

whether to send their children to school or

not. In unusual, challenging times, let us

increase our fasting and prayer to carry not

just ourselves, but the entire Family of ICC.

5 . C H U R C H O N L I N E

We will be continuing with our online services

for the month of July. Sermons are uploaded

to Pastor Jeremy’s Whatsapp status (078 277

9615) and entire services are available on

ICC’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Thank you to Wesley and the Praise and

Worship Team and Nicole and the media team

for the tremendous amount of work you do to

make sure that the broadcasts are ready on

time. As at the end of June our services since

the start of the lockdown have been viewed

more than 8000 times across all platforms.

Please take note of the following:

a) Sunday services will continue to be

broadcast at 9am

b) Midweek Services will be broadcast on

Wednesdays at 7pm.

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I N A N D A R O U N D O U R C H U R C H

NEWS MORE

6 . H O W T O K E E P I N T O U C H

To be a part of ICC’s Whatsapp broadcasts

and receive daily devotionals, please send

your number to 084 658 5916. It is important

that you save this number on your device as

well. You can also receive the daily

devotionals by sending your email address to

isipingocommchurch@gmail.com. You can

contact Pastor Jeremy on 084 738 9271 or

078 277 9615 or email

pastorjeremygovender@gmail.com.

7 . C H U R C H M O B I L E A P P

Make sure you download the new ICC Mobile

App! All the lockdown content, all time, all in

one place. Get access to things like our

sermons, music and a special ‘Must See’ video

page. You can download the app by sending

us a request for the link or by logging on to

our Facebook or Instagram pages and clicking

on the link.

8 . H E L P I N G O U R C O M M U N I T Y

ICC is working together with other churches

and organizations to assist those in need with

basic food hampers. Any member of our

church who is in need or knows of anyone

who genuinely needs assistance can contact

Pastor Jeremy on 078 277 9615. Thank you to

Jerome and the team for the hard work that

enabled us to distribute grocery hampers to

our community in June.

9 . C O V I D - 1 9 S T A T S

At the time of writing, more than 17 million

people around the world have been infected

with COVID-19 (July’s newsletter reported 11

million, June was 6,5 million, and May was 3

million) with more than 670 000 deaths being

recorded (up from 520 000). In South Africa

there are more than 471 000 infections

(July’s newsletter reported 165 000, June was

35 000, May was 5 000) with more than 7

500 deaths (up from 2 700). The good news

in a grim situation is that globally, almost 11

million people have recovered, almost 300

000 of which have been in South Africa.

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Christians living in Yemen request prayer as they experience persecution amidst

ongoing war, food shortages, and COVID-19. These challenges have created a

significant burden of isolation, both spiritually and physically. The Christian

population, which once numbered approximately 40 000, has been reduced to only a

few thousand. Most live unaware of each other’s existence and in great fear of

discovery from their neighbours. The impact of COVID-19 arrived late in Yemen,

compared to the rest of the region. The country is embroiled within a civil war that has

left it split between two governments and conflicting international actors. On the one

hand, such an environment has led to persecution that keeps the church

underground. On the other hand, after

so many years of hardship, many Yemenis are spiritually hungry for answers. Many

pastors working in Yemen report an openness for the Gospel message that

encourages them for the future of the church.

A month after local authorities brought in more than 100 officers from four different

agencies to demolish Xingguang Church on June 11, dozens of security guards and

officers from the local Ethnic and Religious Bureau returned to demolish the

remaining homes within the residential building, where the church also once stood.

On 10 July, radical Hindu nationalists in India threatened and attacked Pastor

Rukachand Fulmali’s home in an attempt to demolish his house church and remove

the cross. The incident took place in the Nabarangpur district of India’s Odisha state.

According to local sources, a group of radical nationalists attacked Pastor Fulmali,

saying, “You have received the Christian religion, built a church in the village, and

converted some of our villagers to Christianity. We will not allow you to reside in the

village. We will kill and burn all of your family members.”

P L E A S E J O I N U S I N P R A Y I N G F O R O U R P E R S E C U T E D B R O T H E R S

A N D S I S T E R S A R O U N D T H E W O R L D , T H A T :

- G O D W I L L P R O T E C T H I S P E O P L E

- G O D W I L L E A S E T H E S I C K N E S S A N D D E A T H F R O M T H E

C O R O N A V I R U S

- C H R I S T I A N S W I L L B E A B L E T O B E S A L T A N D L I G H T , E V E N I N

A V E R Y H A R D T I M E A N D I N P L A C E S W H E R E T H E Y A R E

P E R S E C U T E D

- B E L I E V E R S W I L L H A V E O P P O R T U N I T I E S T O P R A Y A N D R E A D

T H E B I B L E W I T H O U T B E I N G H A R A S S E D O R A B U S E D

- G O D W I L L P R O V I D E F O R H I S P E O P L E W H O A R E S T A R V I N G A N D

I N N E E D O F F I N A N C I A L H E L P

P E R S E C U T E D

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C H U R C H


We love you! Happy birthday

Hi Church this is Janine and Nicole – the InTouch editorial team.

We just want to wish you ICC a very happy 20th birthday and say that we love and

miss you so much.

This newsletter wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for you. You are our reasons to report.

Thank you for the amazing articles, the hilarious pictures we could attach over the

years and for giving us the ICC spirit that keeps this newsletter alive and fresh.

We pray you enjoy this edition and as always stay blessed, stay safe and always

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