Welcoming note : From the Provincial Chaplain, Rev. Dr. Zauka (NMMU) Diocese of PE.
Welcome to the Anglican students’ federation. We welcome all the students into all universities as they take the next step of their educational career. We wish you all the luck and look to best results from you. We hope you will have an amazing time with Ansoc and are really glad that you have joined us, remember that education is the key which unlocks all your potential. We welcome the new chaplains and trust that you will see that Ansoc is a society where the life of faith for students is practiced and encouraged.
We congratulate all those who will start new jobs, we would like you to know that we are all happy and excited for your step forward. Please be bright in all your working corners. We believe that your abilities will help the companies you work for to grow spiritually and to grow bigger. We congratulate all the graduates, wishing them best wishes for their next adventure. We are proud of your accomplishments and the people you have become. Congratulations!!!
It is time to say goodbye to the year 2015 that was filled with many moments of happiness and sorrows in each one of our lives. Our lives are a mixture of many ups and downs. The beginning is the most important part of work and a good beginning makes a good end. Let us raze the old and raise the new; (2 Cor.5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come .”). With a quite a lot of enthusiasm, hopes and resolutions, people all around the world are now set to welcome fresh a new year 2016.
We have already opened this new book and its pages are blank. Let us put words on them, not just words but positive and creative ones. Let us make our future now and let us make today’s dreams about ASF tomorrow’s reality. Like a butterfly tearing its cocoon, we must make a move for a new year to bring something new. “Let us make move Christian soldiers”. Let us make the bad times we faced in the year 2015 be our stepping stones to success and be blessed with many happy moments in 2016.
Let us make three resolutions. Resolution One: We will live and work passionately for God. (Psalm 31:23-24 “ Love the Lord, all his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full.”.). Resolution Two: Even if no one else does, I still will with God’s help.(Revelation 2:5 He who was seated on the throne said, ”I am making everything new, then He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”). Resolution Three: We will be there for one another as fellow members of Christ, in the sense of the Word.
To the students: let me quote from the ASF prayer, “May we always be aware of your presence within us, strengthen our faith so that we put our trust unreservedly in you, bless us as students and strengthen us as we learn the joys and sorrows of life.”
Let me conclude with these Bible verses: Isaiah 40:30-31: “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time we need.” I wish all of us a great, prosperous, energetic, bright, healthy, blissful, joy, fruitful and extremely happy New Year 2016.
I thank you!!!!!