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.
Estomihi (Be my Rock. Ps. 31:2)
We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by
the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.
Sunday, 23rd February 2020
1 Cor. 13:1-13
Sermon: Lk. 18:31-43
Their community will be established before me.
In him the whole building is joined together and rises to
become a holy temple in the Lord.
Gracious Lord as we enter the period of Lent, and reflect on
your life and suffering at the hand of sinners, and as we
remember your death and resurrection, let us draw closer to
you. May the knowledge that you have done this for us, instill in
us a new commitment and faith to follow you. Amen
2nd REMINDER: Synod 2020 - Critical Dates of Document Submissions
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.
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Elim is a village on the Agulhas Plain in the Western Cape of South Africa. It was established in 1824 by German missionaries as a Moravian mission station. When selecting the location, the missionaries placed a high priority on the proximity of water and on terrain that was suitable for planting vines so that wine for communion could be produced. As well as preaching the Gospel, the missionaries taught the villagers a variety of trades and skills. Elim’s thatchers continue to be renowned for their craftsmanship.
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