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Oldest Moravian mission village

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A town founded by Moravians

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Rhenish mission station since 1865

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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.

DAILY WATCHWORDS

JUNE 2022

St. John’s Day

He must become greater; I must become less.
Jn.3:30

Friday, 24th June 2022

Lk. 1:(5-25)57-66.80
Is. 40:1-8(9-11)
Jdg. 7:16-8:3
Sermon: Acts 19:1-7

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.
Ps. 19:7

The crowds asked John, “What then should we do?” In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.”
Lk. 3:10-11

Lord, help us to show compassion to the homeless, downtrodden and to our church communities and to do our social responsibilities with love. Amen.


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Meditation June 2022

Author: Sr M. Abrahams

Our Text for the month of June comes from Songs 8:6

“Place me as a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm, for love is as strong as death.”

The Songs of Solomon is a series of love poems where the man and the woman declare their love for each other. It is not only about true love, relationship and happiness, but also misunderstanding and sadness.

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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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