Women of the cloth pledge allegiance to the First lady

15th May 2018
THE FIRST LADY: Neo Masisi was Guest of Honour for the Council of Churches Source:The Midweek Sun

Botswana Council of Churches (BCC) held an interdenominational church service at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gaborone recently, with First lady Neo Masisi as guest of honour.

BCC Vice president of Gender and Development Bonolo Mmereki-Burns said they had organised the historic event to thank God for the smooth transition of presidency and also “show commitment to the First Lady and pray for her to remain steadfast, loyal and wise throughout her service to the nation.” Held under the theme: ‘God of life: lead us to peace, justice and dignity,’ it was a moving sight, when women from different churches were all in one room, shattering the ceilings with song and dance.

The church regalia ranged from the purple adorned drapes of the Roman Catholics, the black and white of Anglican, blue, the green dresses of the Zion Christian Church, and white and blue of the St Johns and other churches, all clad to the nines in their crisp uniforms. The service was attended by members of the public across gender, class and age, but was dominated by elderly women, who are essentially the crutch of communities as mothers and grandmothers.

The church was filled with ceiling-shattering moving song and dance, as hymns and choruses were belted out in unison. The First lady, who is now known to be a gregarious woman of substance who is a highly religious and God-fearing member of the Lutheran Church, arrived clad in a blue outfit, with her usual smile plastered on her face and engaged the women in high spirits. BCC president, also Anglican Church Bishop Metlhayotlhe Beleme and his Vice, Reverend Gabriel Simane, led in prayer and reiterated the importance of Godly wisdom, courage and strength in leadership and the instrumental influence that women have in nation building.

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