A comforter to those in distress

Phil Molefe

Phil Molefe

The church and community of the Vaal Triangle mourn the death of a renowned servant of the Lord, Mother Rose Molefe.

Molefe, 77, died peacefully last week after a long illness. She was affectionately known to all and sundry simply as "Mme" because she shared her life and humble possessions with the community and the Church she had served with distinction for over five decades.

Mme was called to be with the Lord on January 21, thus marking the end of an illustrious journey that had begun at Mngungundlovana, Greytown, in the rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal on June 6 1931.

Born Ntombiyokuthula (Lady of Peace) Rose Mngoma, she was the only child of Ma Tshabalala - Emily Ntombinkulu Maseko, with whom she has now found rest beyond the rivers of this life.

Rose was a remarkable human being. A mother to multitudes, a comforter to those in distress and a veritable refuge to many in adversity.

She was brought up by her hard-working mother who sent her to schools in Pietermaritzburg and Durban where she graduated as a teacher. She later taught at several schools in KwaZulu-Natal, in Thokoza in Ekurhuleni and in Sharpeville, where she eventually retired.

She married Reverend Phillip F Molefe in 1954 and the young couple set about growing their ministry, with Sharpeville as their base.

The ministry grew in leaps and bounds, spreading across the country like wildfire, reminiscent of the early 20th century Azusa Pentecostal wave that swept through the Americas.

One of the highlights of the vibrant crusades of the 1950s was the big "Evangelical Revival" that was held at Plantation Square in Orlando East, Soweto, in 1958. It featured the legendary evangelist Nicholas Bhengu and PF Molefe. It was a landmark crusade which bore the early fruits of today's evangelical movement in South Africa. They may remain the unsung heroes of the Gospel movement in this country, but evangelists Bhengu and Molefe undoubtedly laid the foundations for what has become a powerful Pentecostal crusade in Africa today.

Mme was like the Rock of Gibraltar, providing unwavering support and impetus to the ministry through her anointed service of prayer and welfare among the poor.

The Molefe couple were blessed with eight boys and one girl. What was originally a boys' club has now become a family of grown up men and women, thanks to a loving team of daughters-in-law who bore grandchildren and great grandchildren to the family.

Rose was also a mother to thousands of spiritual sons and daughters, some of whom have moved on to become leading national and International evangelists.

All of us were truly blessed and enriched by her life. We celebrate a rich life lived to the fullest. And for that, we are eternally grateful to God of all mercies.

May Mme rest in peaceful bliss in the cradle of God's bountiful love. We have no doubt that she has joined in the perfect happiness and the ecstatic joy of heaven.

Lala Kahle Ntombi ya Kwa-Mngoma

You have not died. You will always live in our hearts and minds.