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.
Saturday, 17th July 2021
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Almighty God, may our lives in whatever we do or say glorify your Holy Name. To the Triune God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit be the Glory forever and ever. 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 July 2021
Author: Rev Denver B. Grauman
“God is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being” – Acts. 17:27b-28a
Dear Sisters and Brothers, friends and family in Christ, we have already come half way through this year, 2021. Wow, what a reason to be grateful, to be thankful. We have survived. Especially in the context within which we find ourselves, with COVID-19 and its effects,
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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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