Pastor William Bock celebrated his 82nd birthday today. He is the fulltime Pastor of the Vrede Tempel (Peace Temple) Full Gospel Church of God in SA, Vredendal. He also serves on the Historical Commission of the Full Gospel Church of God in SA. He has done quite a bit of research for the history book of the Full Gospel Church of God which will be published soon.
Pastor Bock is quite healthy and fit for a man of his age and does a full day’s work every day. He has a mountain bike that he used until recently. His age seems almost irrelevant as he goes about working for God in this peaceful and beautiful town. He is a well known figure in this place. He ministers quite often on the local community radio station, Radio Namakwaland.
He and his wife rise up at 2H00 every morning to pray and intercede. They are passionate about prayer and interceding for others. I have heard them pray faithfully every morning in the time my wife and I spend with them.
He leaves home at 7.00am to start with his pastoral duties. He picks up the children from the farms taking them to the holiday club at their church in Vredendal North. He picks them up after 14H00 and drops them off at the different farms.
On Sunday mornings and during the week for evening services he picks up the members who stay on the surrounding farms and takes them home again. Tonight, on his birthday, he got back 22H00. This is a man who is passionate about God’s work and even his birthday is not day off for him. I have marvelled at the patience and love he has for the people. I am even more amazed at the power of God at work in him.
I am ashamed to think of the many mundane excuses believers younger than him make when they want to opt out of doing something for God. I am reminded of Caleb who at the age of 80 years was willing to accept challenges that younger men would fear. Pastor Bock has been climbing his mountains and has succeeded spectacularly in spite of his age.
Today we salute him for his servanthood towards the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ and the community of Vredendal. We give God all the glory and honour for making it possible for Pastor William Bock to do what he has done at the age of 82 years.
PS. Sharing a birthdate with him are : Moira Stemmet and Philida Bartus. On celebrating their wedding anniversary on this date – Mark and Letitia Adriaans. God bless you all of you as you celebrate another year of the Lord’s wonderful blessings.