The Moravian Church
The first missionary in India, Ziegenbalg, while travelling on a ship of the Dutch-East-Indian Company back home to Germany had to halfway through his journey spend several weeks at the Cape where he witnessed the Dutch settlers’ treatment of the Khoi people (“Hottentot”) as lesser beings. Count Zinzendorf had heard about this situation at the Cape and wanted to send a gospel bringer to the Khoi.
In the year 1737, a young man from Herrnhut, named Georg Schmidt who as a result of his protestant faith had previously spent six years in prison in the Catholic region of Austria where he was sentenced to hard labour and had to build fortresses, came to South Africa. Thus, the Moravian Church were the first missionaries amongst the indigenous people of South Africa.
When he arrived at the Cape, he found Khoi families scattered around Baviaanskloof. He gathered them and started his work. For Georg reading the Bible was essential to understanding the meaning of the gospel.
Thursday, 16th September 2021
You save humans and animals alike, O Lord.
Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Dear God, our world is worried about evil, corruption and injustice. We pray for faith in your promises, protection and LOVE, so that we may equitably share the bounty of your providence. In Jesus' name. Amen.
We, as Moravians, commit ourselves to the Lordship of Jesus Christ as we strive to renew our spirituality, affirm our unity, and improve our stewardship.
Our church is open and friendly with many organizations, unions and projects.
Meditation September 2021
Author: Rev Lionel Erasmus
“You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” – Haggai 1:6
In his message Haggai impels his generation to get up, get busy and rebuild the ruined Temple of the Lord, which had been lying desolate since the Babylonian invasion and remained neglected, and in utter disrepair.
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1700 Henning Hüsing a meat contractor was given grazing rights. 1701 Governor WA van der Stel send 1 sergeant and 10 soldiers to protect farmers against maranding Buschmen/Khoi-Khoi. During the hunting season WA van der Stel stayed in the farm house (parsonage 1). The parsonage deteriorated until the Moravian Missionaries came.
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