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.
Monday, 21st September 2020
2 Cor. 7:5-16
I am shut in so that I cannot escape; my eye grows dim through sorrow. Every day I call on you, O Lord.
Jesus prays: I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one.
Lord, we lay down all our cares and sorrow at your altar, confident in the knowledge that you would care for us, and
protect us from the evil one. Amen.
RESPONSE ON OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF THE MORAVIAN CHURCH IN SOUTH AFRICA ON COVID-19 VIRUS OUTBREAK FROM PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA - Read More
OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF THE MORAVIAN CHURCH IN SOUTH AFRICA (MCSA) ON COVID-19/CORONA VIRUS OUTBREAK - Read More
Essential workers permit must be applied for at head office by all ministers of which the President must approve, sign and stamp. - See Permit
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.
Rev J Plaaitjies - September 2020
Sr Angelene Swart - August 2020
Bishop Joemath - July 2020
Bishop Temmers - May 2020
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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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