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The city of Bloemfontein is the sixth largest in South Africa and one of the three capitals of the country, with Pretoria and Cape Town. The Universal Church has been present in the region since 1994. Last January, the Ark of the Covenant arrived in the city (coming from Upington province, about 570 kilometers away) in a ceremony that mobilized thousands of people. The Universal’s state headquarters received about 3,000 people, both inside and outside.
In addition, hundreds of people, including members of the youth group and assistants, accompanied the journey of the Ark through the streets of Bloemfontein. One of them was Stella Boyana. Twenty years in the church, she shared the importance that the arrival of the Ark had in her life.
“The moment I saw the Ark personally, I realized how privileged I am to have this opportunity. The fear of God was restored within me and made me understand His purpose and plans. This strengthened my faith in believing and trusting in His Promises for my life,” she said.
The Ark represents God Himself The Ark represents God Himself, where the people of Israel (during the 40 years of pilgrimage in the wilderness) were ahead.
Coated with gold, it stored three very important items for the people of Israel: the tablet of the Ten Commandments, the Rod of Aaron, and the container with a little of the manna commanded by God from heaven to the people. In addition, by representing the presence of God, the Ark of the Covenant came to the city to bless the lives of believers.
“The Ark symbolizes the presence of God reaching the people who seek Him and who were motivated to surrender their lives to Him. This represents the revival of the church in Bloemfontein,” said Pastor Alex Dada, responsible for Universal’s work in the region.
The assistant Naftaly Rantho, 16 years in the Church, commented that the Ark for her means rebirth. “The arrival of the Ark marked a rebirth in my life. I was inspired to resume my journey with God in such a way that He brought me back to the first love.” Living within the will of God During the meeting the message stressed that the people have to walk and live within the will of God. As well as being the Ark of God, carrying His will within each one.
It has been explained that when one decides to live within the will of God, he will overcome wherever he goes. And this knowledge is not only for material conquests but, above all, for conquering Salvation. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” Matthew 7:21 Assistant Lydia Busakwe has been at the Universal Church for 10 years. For her, the arrival of the Ark of the Covenant is synonymous to a new beginning.