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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.

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APRIL 2021

Thursday, 22nd April 2021

Eph. 4:(8-10)11-16
Dan. 1:1-21

Those who look to the Lord are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
Psalm 34:5 NIV

Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.
Romans 12:12

We come into your presence today knowing that you have kept us safe. You have watched over us. And so, we acknowledge you Lord. Go before us and lead us in the paths of righteousness. Amen.

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Meditation April 2021

Author: Rev. P Simon

Colossae was one of three cities located about one hundred miles inland from Ephesus. This area was a meeting point of East and West because of important trade route passed through there. The church here was important enough to merit the attention of Paul.

Paul did not start the Colossian church, nor did he ever visit it. Paul had heard of their faith (Col.1:4,9) but he had never seen these believers personally (Col.2:1).

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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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