It was a joyous and emotional service yesterday as Grace Bible Church celebrated 25 years of ministry in Soweto.
About 15000 congregants gathered in the auditorium to celebrate God's grace.
"It could only be God's grace because when I started the ministry, I was neither an eloquent speaker nor a strategic thinker, but God still used me," said the church's founder Pastor Musa Sono.
The 47-year-old father of two took some time to reflect on how he began his ministry with 35 members at Mavis Hall in White City Jabavu 25 years ago.
"We did not have good musical instruments and that month we collected R120," he said.
Today Grace Bible Church has 30000 members with eight satellite churches around Gauteng. The church has built a R45million facility with a sports centre, amphitheatre, computer college, children's centre and book shop.
A highlight for the church was when they moved from a building in Rockville to Pimville in 2001.
"I believed God would provide great things but I did not know how He could exceed my imagination," said Sono.
But Sono has also had his fair share of problems.
"I have made mistakes which caused people to leave the church. These were the toughest times, but I have since learnt to embrace my weaknesses and move on."
Guest speaker Pastor Ray McCauley of Rhema Bible Church preached on how to deal with the storms of life.
"God is able to take us through our storms if we only believe in our hearts and do not panic," he said.
Sono described McCauley as a father and mentor since he became a pastor at the age of 22.
"If God gives you a dream, it will come to pass, no matter how long it takes to come true," he said.