What does one do when the whole country goes into lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus,
yet one has a deep desire to learn how to conduct a choir? This was the dilemma faced by sister Marie Botha who attended the Vereeniging Congregation in Gauteng in March this year. Not to be deterred by the pandemic and the desire to learn and contribute to God's work, sister Petro Schlaphoff swung into action to help the young sister. She amended the current conductor's course to be able to use it for online teaching.
Together the two met every Saturday online for 11 weeks, where they went over the conductor’s course that was taught and learnt with great enthusiasm. Sister Botha had her final lesson on Saturday, 29 August 2020. It took a bit longer than 10 weeks, due to data constraints but sister Schlaphoff said: "I’m very proud of Marie's achievement. She ended the classes with an average of 92%".
The story goes to prove that not even a global pandemic can stop one's desire to learn and contribute to our Lord's work.