A Celebration of Faith, Education, and Unity at the International Pentecost Holiness Church’s 30th Annual Graduation and Thanksgiving Service

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The International Pentecost Holiness Church (IPHC) celebrated its 30th annual graduation and thanksgiving service in Zuurbekom, West Rand. The event took place during a historically significant month on South Africa’s calendar and honored the graduates and their predecessors who have encouraged the Comforter’s vision.

Deputy President Paul Mashatile’s Address

Deputy President Paul Mashatile expressed his gratitude for the invitation to speak at the event and his joy at being in the house of the Lord. Raised in the IPHC community, Mashatile considers the church his spiritual home and a guiding force in his life.

Honoring the Memory of the Youth of 1976

The event, which took place against the backdrop of the youth uprising of 16 June 1976, recognized the importance of education and the sacrifices of the youth of 1976. In memory of their fight for equal rights and opportunities, the IPHC dedicates the month of June as a memorial.

Commitment to Education and Empowering the Youth

Deputy President Mashatile urged the graduates to aim higher than matriculation, acquire more skills and knowledge, and contribute to the growth and development of the nation. The South African government is committed to working with the church to create opportunities for the youth by making funding available for young people to enroll in colleges and universities.

Tackling Social Issues and Promoting Collective Action

Deputy President Mashatile called on the congregation to tackle social issues such as poverty, unemployment, crime, and drug abuse, and emphasized the importance of collaboration between the church and the government. He urged the IPHC to continue playing a vital role as a moral and social leader in addressing these issues and creating a better world for all members of society.

A Reminder for the IPHC Community

The thanksgiving ceremony serves as a reminder for the IPHC community to recommit themselves to peace, human solidarity, and the values of a non-racial, non-sexist, free, democratic, and prosperous society. Deputy President Mashatile emphasized the significance of promoting understanding, compassion, and collective action to create a better world for all members of society.

A Celebration of Faith, Education, and Unity

The 30th annual graduation and thanksgiving service was a celebration of faith, education, and the power of working together for a brighter future. By uplifting the graduates and honoring their achievements, the IPHC continues to inspire and nurture the next generation of leaders who will carry on the legacy of the youth of 1976.

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