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Seventy Seven members from South Africa visit Mary Sumner House
Last month we were honoured to be visited by members from South Africa. They represented six dioceses – Johannesburg, Pretoria, Highveld, Christ The King – Kimberely Kuruunan, Matlosane and Free Town.
The highlight of their visit to the United Kingdom was coming to Mary Sumner House. Meisie Lerutla, who led the trip said, “We have had a yearning for many years to see where Mary Sumner came from and the origins of Mothers’ Union. It was so good to learn more about this great woman who had such compassion for women especially the vulnerable. We see her as a visionary person that has made this powerful ministry of working for God under the banner of Mothers’ Union. We see Mothers’ Union as a ministry through which we work for God and help people who have faced adversity so that they feel God’s love through what we do for them.”
The group attended a service at St Paul’s Cathedral which they found very moving. “For many of us it is the first time we have visited the United Kingdom. We were so very excited to see the statue of our late President, Nelson Mandela, in Parliament Square. We see coming here as a motivation. It has energised us to go back and share with those who weren’t able to come. We also feel more committed to do more than what we have been doing in our various dioceses,” said Meisie.
The ladies ended their visit to Mary Sumner House with Midday Prayers and worship in the chapel, Mothers’ Union’s Chief Executive, Bev Jullien welcomed them on behalf of the staff at MSH.