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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

DECEMBER 2021

Thursday, 2nd December 2021

1 Thes. 5:(1-3)4-8
Zech. 2:10-17

Listen to me, my people, and give heed to me, my nation; for a teaching will go out from me, and my justice for a light to the peoples.
Isaiah 51:4

The darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.
1 John 2:8

Help me to hear you, Lord, in the hustle and bustle of this day. Your Word and guidance are more important to us than all our everyday chores. Let us see the Light in our darkness. Amen.


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Meditation December 2021

Author: Rev. Elise Theunissen

“Shout and be glad. O Daughter of Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,” declares the LORD. – Zech. 2:10

Reflection: The third vision: Jerusalem inhabited without walls

Throughout the book of Zechariah there is an emphasis on God’s power over the world. He has allowed the nations to visit judgement on his people, Judah, but there are strict limits to what they
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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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