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Sibongile Mpongwana-Ncetani

Jun 15, 2022

I grew up listening to Hillsong music, the music was a very important part of my journey with God. Actually my husband can thank Hillsong worship for our marriage. He used to borrow me the CDs in varsity, and we would listen to them and cry out to God.

We never thought we would be part of Hillsong Africa, we thought we had to go to conference in Australia to be a part. But the Lord knew otherwise.
It was in 2017 when we had to come to Cape Town for our post grad studies. Of course we were going to go to Hillsong Cape Town there were no questions about it. At the time we were going through a difficult time as a family as we experienced a lot of pain and hurt from our previous church home. We were broken, had so many questions, literally felt cursed.

Coming into the room playing Shadow step by Hillsong United. A peace came over my heart. I cried the whole service as I sensed Gods love in the room. He was still good I was not cursed I was blessed in Him. Being disappointed by people did not mean God had changed. I would soon attend sisterhood and Alex Seeley was sharing on forgiveness, another lesson, forgive all who hurt you. Those four months were a life line for me. I saw and felt Gods love in people I hardly knew. There were so many God moments in that season. We joined a connect with amazing people that prayed for us. When we left at the end of the four months. We went to the front with my daughter. Pst Lucinda was there, she smiled and asked if she could pray for us, it was our last Sunday in Cape Town, she prayed blessings over us and our family. I cried, I arrived feeling cursed but left believing Gods love and blessing over my life. I saw the vision “building a church to build a nation” that resonated so much with me. I said to God, I want to be part of this church, this vision.My kids loved kids church, my four year old gave his life to Christ in one of the services. We were truly blessed.

We had to go back to the EC, but our hearts were full, healing had begun. It was a miracle that in less than 18 months we would be back to Cape Town but this time to stay. Thank you Jesus. Hillsong was our church, is our church and I can tell you story after story of how my life has been impacted with my family by all the people we have come into contact with. Serving in kids, welcome home, taking a break because of my studies but continuing to feel the support of my church family. I am so glad to call this place my home. We are here to build families that will build nations.