Happy birthday! Happy New Year!
Today the oldest member of our Mamelodi congregation, Christina Mothapo, celebrated her 86th birthday, so we had a little celebration after the service in her house.
Most of the other members of our small Mamelodi congregation were away for the long weekend, but the numberes were made up by members of Christina’s family who had come to celebrate her b irthday. She had ten children, sixc sons and four daughters, though some have died, and she has numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her great grandson, Vincent Allies, acted as the reader for most of the service. He is one of the three members of the family (including Christina herself) who have been baptised in the Orthodox Church. He told us he is looking for a job. He had a job at a mine near Rustenburg, but the contract came to an end.
It was a verry joyful celebration, and St Nicholas Parish in Brixton had prepared some Christmas food parcels which we distributed to members of the congregation afterwards.