PUB RESTORED INTO A CHURCH - Salem Danville, Pretoria, South Africa


Salem Danville's first service was under a carport on the 1st of March 2009 with 6 people. We started because the people of Danville spoke a need of a Biblical, relevant and alive church.

In December of 2009 we took over an old pub in Danville and renovated it into our church - a miracle done by God! Today we minister to about 100 people, 30 teenagers and 60 children.
Danville is a poor area in Pretoria West, South Africa - unique in a sense that there is poor people of all cultures and races.

Our vision - to bring His Peace and restoration to the people of Danville. To show them that your circumstances do not dictate God's love for you. Jesus loves all, no matter who you are, what you've done, or how much money you have!

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Kobus & Anina Homan (Pastors Salem Danville)

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A borrowed axe

Have you ever borrowed something from someone, and then something happened to that borrowed item?

In 2 Kings 6 I have founded an interesting story:
1 The company of the prophets said to Elisha, “Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. 2 Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole; and let us build a place there for us to live.”
   And he said, “Go.”
 3 Then one of them said, “Won’t you please come with your servants?”
   “I will,” Elisha replied. 4 And he went with them.
   They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. 5 As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water. “Oh, my lord,” he cried out, “it was borrowed!”

This made me think of an incident that happened years ago in our own life. We only had one small car and someone crashed into the back of our car – totally written off. And, off course without a car, you are pretty stranded.

So a very good friend gave us her car to borrow until the insurance could be settled and we could get another car.

So with the borrowed car me and my husband were driving just a few days after the accident. We slowly approached a red robot, but before we got there it changed to green and Kobus started to accelerate. When we got to the robot, a lady from the opposite side turned right in front of us, smashing the front of the car to pieces…

I was in total unbelief. “How can this happen?” “Didn’t you see us?” “The robot was green for us!” “THIS IS NOT OUR CAR!!”

After I could pull myself together, I had to phone my friend, informing her that we have made an accident with her car. She first thought I made a joke, and actually told me it’s a very good prank. How unlikely that you would have two accidents, in just a few days!

But it was true; we just smashed up, a friend’s car!

Luckily, our friend had a very compassionate heart and understood the situation. At the end, we placed the whole situation in God’s hands and He helped us so that her car could be fixed and we got another car.

You see, God is interested in every detail of our lives, even the stuff we borrow!

The prophet was worried about the axe that fell in the water that was borrowed, and even something as small as this was important to God. Verse 6 -7 says:

 6 The man of God asked, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. 7 “Lift it out,” he said. Then the man reached out his hand and took it.

God wants to help you with each and every situation in your life, whether it is big or small. Make Him part of the smallest detail of your life, and He will even sort out the borrowed stuff!


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