Ben worked at Christ Church Hillbrow (CCH) and Johannesburg Bible College (JBC), before returning to the UK in November 2020.
CCH is a young congregation in Hillbrow, inner-city Johannesburg. Hillbrow is a needy area but in easy reach of a student community and the business centre. Christ Church has the potential to be a light in all these areas, proclaiming the gospel so that people can come to know and love the Lord Jesus.
Ben was minister-in-charge of CCH from 2014 – 2018 but stepped down at the end of 2018 in order to take up a teaching post at JBC and enable a faithful African to pastor the church. Godfrey Penduka, who was curate at CCH since 2016, has taken on the role of minister-in-charge, whilst Ben remained on the staff part-time as associate minister.
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‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.’ Psalm 146:1
How times have changed! It is hard to imagine what things were like just a few months ago. I write to you from lockdown and no doubt most of you will be reading this in various degrees of lockdown. I have been encouraged during this time that God is indeed our refuge and he is one who we can turn to for help in this time.
As it has been for everybody, I have found these last few months very strange and the future is uncertain. We are now six weeks into South Africa’s lockdown - it was slightly eased in May and will be eased further in June. Here they locked-down hard and early and this has slowed the spread but brought along with it many, many other problems. The economy is suffering and, in a country where many people live day to day, poverty has only increased. Many key services, including vital medical care for other health issues, have been put on hold. Many social and mental health issues are arising. We are beginning to open up but we are far from the peak, so there could be some very difficult days ahead. Please pray for South Africa as it faces this huge challenge.
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