Even though we could not meet physically and hug each other we were still able to connect and touch each other with songs, prayers and sharing. The virtual eQuip 2022 was again attended by a diverse group; young and the young at heart that could not be stopped by anything, not even the heavy storm that was experienced by some where they were, from attending the virtual eQuip. The songs were perfectly selected in line with the theme. In the opening session, led by Bishop Dr Horst Müller, the message was that God is not virtual, but real in every sense. This sense of being touched was re-enforced throughout the two days, and it was motivated and sustained very ably. Examples of Jesus reaching out to touch were outlined by all the presenters. One might think 'Touch' is an ordinary word. But the eQuip 2022 gave it so many meanings. Each session brought in a different type of Touch with a peculiar message. - The Touch Paul received which changed the world and continues to this day. - Touch that hurts while at the same time healing. - Participants sharing stories of gruesome atrocities against them, and how God gave them forgiveness instead of anguish - The Touch the prodigal son received and gave him the courage to return to his father.
The participants expressed their gratitude to the presenters for their time and unselfishness in imparting valuable information that is building and strengthening us in our faith. This was again a platform to assist us to be a reconciling community as we are wounded healers. The unfortunate cancellation of the physical eQuip due to the lockdown became an opportunity to many of us. The theme “Touched” was perfectly aligned to the NELCSA theme for 2019-2022 “Go with Purpose” and along with the Watchword for the year 2022 from John 6 verse 37. Equip 2022 has helped us to start the New Year equipped spiritually and emotionally. We encourage all to attend and be equipped so that we can do our little bit to change the world and make it a better place for all to live in. God’s grace and mercy is with us always. # SIYAYA! Join us for eQuip 2023. Visit the NELCSA website for further details and the dates for next year. “You snooze you lose.”
John 6,37 Whoever comes to me I will never drive away.
Ek sal dié persoon wat na My toe kom, nooit verstoot nie.
Wer zu mir kommt, den werde ich nicht hinausstoßen.