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!

Share the joy of ministering to the poor with us in this blog!

Kobus & Anina Homan (Pastors Salem Danville)

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Happiness or joy?

It is easy for me to be happy when things are going good in my life. But to be of good cheer when life is hard, that is a difficult thing to do. I have however met some people that no matter what they are going through, they are always smiling - trusting God seems to be so easy for them.

How do they do it?

Most of us experience times of happiness. It is because happiness is a natural result of good and positive happenings in our life. We are happy when we have a good job with a good salary. We are happy when we are in love and that person treats us like we want to be treated. We are happy when life treats us good!

But what happens when life is not treating you fairly? You might have discovered that the problem with positive happenings is that they never last forever. So when circumstances are not good, it is difficult to be happy. Our mood and our faces reflect what we go through!

There is however a difference between happiness and joy!

The Bible says in Psalm 4:7
“You have put more joy and rejoicing in my heart…”

People that have joy, regardless of their circumstances, are people that spend time in God’s presence, they are connected to Him and He is the source of their joy, not their circumstances!

Psalm 16:11 says:
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

Do you need some joy? Spend some time in His presence; you will experience fullness of joy!


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