On Sunday 4 September 2016, the teachers and co-ordinators of Delft Bishop Area met with great enthusiasm as they were about to empower themselves to teach the young ones the true meaning of thanksgiving.
In the presentation the teachers were taken back to Matthew 22:15-22, where Jesus prompts us to give unto Caesar that which belongs to Caesar when he pointed out the “image and inscription” on the currency. A short historical explanation of the R1 coin and 1c coin were given respectively. On the R1 there is a springbok with the words “Soli Deo Gloria” (SDG). The SDG phrase, to God alone be the glory was also used by famous composers like JS Bach, as well as GF Handel and C Graupner to signify that those works were produced for the sake of praising God.
On the one side of the 1c coin there is a picture of two sparrows sitting, with their heads facing opposite directions, and the presenter depicted the story behind it. A group of women held in a concentration camp in Bethulie, known as the Camp of Hell during the Anglo-Boer War were sustained by the words from Matthew 10:29 and 10:31, where Jesus said: “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. . . . Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”(NKJV). When the then Prime Minister heard of the women’s story, he insisted that the sparrows be included on the coinage system of 1923. After sponging up the information, no one will ever look at these coins without feeling grateful to our God and to do everything in His honour and realise how much God loves us all. To enhance this, each teacher was given the opportunity to offer R1 to bring glory to God alone, and to be reminded of how much God loves us. This action brought about a feeling of unity and love amongst the teachers.
The teachers are now equipped to go back to their congregations and teach the little ones to acquire a taste to offer, to offer with a true attitude of gratitude and to teach them IT’S NOT WHAT AND HOW MUCH WE OFFER, BUT HOW AND IN WHOSE HONOUR WE ARE GIVING IT. The meeting ended on a joyful note where all sang the hymn: “Dankie vir hierdie nuwe more.” They enjoyed fellowship and left, armed to excite the little ones to acquire a taste for offering with grateful and joyful hearts.