IN SO many ways Reverend Charity Majiza was a blessing our community almost never had.
Born and raised in South Africa with the constant threat of apartheid revolts, her calling to God was one she could not refuse, no matter the obstacles in her way.
Rev Majiza was ordained in 1978 and began her work in an impoverished South African community where she did not speak the language. She studied in Scotland where she lost her South African citizenship and became stateless.
She then travelled to Australia to work before being invited to return to South Africa to work in reforming the new South Africa after the breakdown of apartheid. She returned to Australia and eventually found herself in the Echuca Moama Uniting Church.
“I’ve had a great time in Echuca and I have felt a warm welcome in this community,” Rev Majiza said.
“I was glad for the door to be opened for me as a refugee in this country.
“From the very beginning I was always very aware that I wanted to give thanks to God by serving people and trying to make a difference to all that I come across in my faith journey.’’
This Sunday Rev Majiza will finish her 39 years of ministry with her “Service of Release and Retirement” beginning at 10am with a light lunch to be served afterwards. All are welcome to attend.
And her full story will feature in Monday Conversation.