The ROSA Launch/Concert held on Sunday 14 September was a night to remember. .
The evening was superbly compered by Pastor Keorapetse Mahlobo and Brother Martin Phike. It opened with an address by Pastor Andy Chijena who spoke about the ROSA theme for the year – celebrating 20 years of democracy with the Rhapsody of Realities.
The ministry worldwide is distributing 100 million copies of the daily devotional throughout this year and through a short video the audience were given some of the 100 reasons why we must do so.
The first ministration of the night was from Farlon Lyte who sang: Izwi lakho (Your Word). This was followed by LeeLuv with: I made up my mind, Sister Precious sang: I live and Emmaculate accompanied by the mass choir sang a special ROSA song
A testimony segment gave account of the impact of previous ROSA distributions – including one about a prison distribution in during ROSA 2011 where over 80 prisoners and wardens were led to Christ and the distribution team was invited to hold cell meetings in the prison.
A young man recounted how his addiction to drugs landed him in prison. Instead of prison being the end of the road for him, it became the start of a new life when he was introduced to Jesus through the messenger Angel Rhapsody of Realities during a ROSA 2013 distribution at a juvenile correctional centre.
Another lady in her fifties also spoke of how she decided to join the ROSA distribution team. Through her participation in the distribution she experienced the miraculous. Her son who had been imprisoned for 10 years, had his sentence reduced and was released from prison. This lady, who had been unemployed and unable to find job, received two job offers and started to work again.
During the launch/concert, brethren who were team heads of some of the community projects initiatives gave details of the initiatives. The projects include: Streets & parks cleaning, Educational & life skills project, school stationery & school shoes project, orphanages & kids program, a computer project, abused women shelters project and a health & dental day.
Special slide show presentation brief was given on spring cleaning the Randburg area of the city, outreaches to schools that will guide learners in career guidance, mentorship and coaching. Giving training that will supplement the learner’s curriculum.
Other initiatives will be the food and essentials project that will target orphanages and underprivileged. The project will not only provide them with food but will also take care of the spiritual needs by encouraging fellowships in the area and distributing children’s and teen version of the daily devotional. The computer literacy project will deliver tablets to students in selected schools.
School stationery and supplies project will supply basic school necessities to learners and teachers that are in need of them in 40 schools. There will also be royalties fellowships pioneered in each of these schools.
The orphanages and kids programme will reach out to previously disadvantaged children and it will start off with a fun day on September 24th. The audience were encouraged to bring non-perishable items as well as new clothes for the children.
These presentations and many more were followed by another set of musical performances: Farlon Lyte singing Fire shut up in my bones, Sister Zandi sang Arise, Sis Farlon accompanied by the mass choir presented another ROSA song and AYAVAYA the pantsula dance group did an energetic dance.
Brother Peter sang an amazing piece titled Victory, Dudu Mash sang I give you praise, then Martin PK sang his latest song Superman. The all-stars then lit up the stage with the ROSA theme song “Celebrating 20 years of democracy with Rhapsody”
The regional Pastor of Christ Embassy Southern Africa, Pastor Ose Oyakhilome delivered the keynote address for the evening after welcoming distinguished guests including the MEC for Education in Mpumalanga as well as and Judge Thokozile Masipa and her husband.
Pastor Ose emphasised the importance of reaching out to others with the word of God and said that the effort put into distributing the Rhapsody was never a waste of time, effort and resources, emphasizing that the Southern Africa region has a mandate to distribute 10 million copies out of our 100 million worldwide ministry vision for the year 2014. She emphasized that as the nation of South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy as a ministry we are celebrating with the Rhapsody of Realities.
The climax of the event was the cutting of the ribbon around the gigantic October Rhapsody of Realities Model showcased on the stage. Pastor Ose was joined on stage with the zonal Pastors, group Pastors, Pastors and coordinators, deacons, deaconesses, Rosa community and distribution project team heads and dignitaries present such as the MEC of education in Mpumalanga, Judge Thokozile Masipa and their husbands, and some principals of some schools present. There was a powerful session of prayer as the Pastors placed their hands on the Rhapsody Model and the brethren stretched forth their hands as Pastor Ose uttered prophetic words of prayer.