“Simba – do you have beautiful feet?” It’s not the usual question a bishop asks of a candidate prior to ordination, but this is what was pondered during the ordination service of Simba Musvamhiri on 1 December 2018.
Preaching from Romans 10: 8-18, Archdeacon and Vicar General Greg Harris reflected on verse 15: “how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.”
“I want to know, did they ask you to take off your shoes and socks?”
“It was said because the news was good, how beautiful are the feet of those that tell us that good news. And the message of good news is this – Jesus is Lord.”
“Now I suspect they probably didn’t ask you to take your shoes and socks off…it really doesn’t have anything to do with your feet.”
“The message that brings beauty is that Jesus is Lord. The feet, they just get the person there – it’s the message that contains beauty…and the subject of the message is that Jesus is Lord.”
Simba and his wife Helen, along with their two young children, have recently moved to Tatura where Simba has been leading the congregation for the past two months and is now formally licensed as Deacon in Charge of the parish.
Although not previously ordained, Simba has a breadth of ministry experience from serving in several churches across a diverse range of cultural contexts including as an associate pastor in Namibia, an assistant minister in Perth and most recently as lead pastor of Cornerstone Christian Church in Canberra.
“I love God, his family, all people and am now enjoying living in beautiful Tatura, proclaiming the good news of Jesus at All Saints Tatura,” Simba said.