CWM opens new South Africa office: “a beacon of hope”

by Cheon Young Cheol

The Council for World Mission (CWM) opened its new office in Johannesburg, South Africa on 30 May. The new space will allow more emphasis on cultivating deeper community engagement and driving impactful programs across the region while bolstering CWM’s presence and operational capacity in Africa.

The opening, officiated by CWM General Secretary Rev. Dr Jooseop Keum, CWM Mission Secretary – General Secretariat Rev. Dileep Kandula, and CWM Mission Secretary – Ecology and Economy Rev. Daimon Mkandawire, marks a pivotal moment in the organisation’s history.

The new office will play a significant role in CWM’s strategic expansion into the Africa region, extending its missiological work to positively impact the continent and establish life-flourishing communities.

Together with the other offices based in London and Singapore, the new office in Johannesburg will serve as a central hub for coordinating initiatives, fostering partnerships, and driving CWM’s regional objectives forward.

During a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Keum reflected on Haggai 2:1-9, drawing parallels between the opening of the new CWM South Africa office to the rebuilding of the Jewish temple.

“The opening of this office symbolizes our commitment to the African region and our dedication to advancing our mission’s goals. Just as Haggai 2:1-9 speaks of the promise of greater glory in the new temple, we believe this new office will be a beacon of hope and a centre for transformative action,” declared Keum.

Mkandawire, who will be leading the operations in the South Africa office, echoed Keum’s declaration: “This new office will enable us to better serve our communities and work more effectively towards our shared goals. The symbolic act of opening this office mirrors the prophetic vision in Haggai, reminding us that our efforts here are part of a greater divine plan.”

A brief tour of the new office followed the opening, showcasing to guests the various designed interior spaces dedicated to supporting the mission’s activities.

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