“Douw smiled at Gysie Van Schalkwyk, one of the congregation’s longest serving elders and bowed his head. The rest of the council of elders followed suit remaining in this posture until Douw’s short prayer was finished.
“Amen”, pronounced Douw and looked up. As his gaze travelled around the room he saw all the familiar faces except one.
“Does anyone know where Flip Steyn is?”
Nobody answered but a few heads shook to indicate a negative answer.
“Unusual for him to not let me know if he can’t make it, I hope everything’s all right. I’m sure we’ll hear from him later.”