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.
Tuesday, 4th May 2021
1 Sam. 16:14-23
On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.
The same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him.
Dear Lord, you say that every cry for help will be met with a restoration of the soul. We delight in the fact that you, Lord, will always be there in our hour of need. 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 May 2021
Author: Rev. R A Petrus
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.”
Mothers were looked upon with great veneration in the east and perceived as the schoolmistress of the family. These are the tender and wise words of a godly mother to her son king Lemuel (means dedicated to God), moulding him in a godly way for his reign as king.
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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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