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, July 19, 2011

Jesus wept

Have you ever experienced sadness over someone else’s circumstances?

Sometimes I look at the circumstances of some of the people in our church… and I want to cry. Cry because I wish I could do more. Cry because of the lack… and it feels as if my heart wants to break. It is in times like these, that I wonder what God feels.

Then I came along a very interesting verse in the Bible:

John 11:35(NIV)
 35 Jesus wept.

This is the shortest verse in the Bible. Two written words, but the picture speaks a thousand words…

Jesus wept when He heard that Lazarus died. It was however quite strange that Jesus wept. We know that just a few moments later Lazarus was resurrected. Why then did Jesus cry?

It shows us that He was a real man, with real emotions. That He felt the sorrow of Martha and Maria, the sisters of Lazarus. That even though He knew that life would be restored, He wept - to show His affection and care for the people He loved so dearly.

God’s heart still brakes because of the poverty and hurt of His people – even though He knows that one day, there will be no more lack or sadness for all who accepts His grace.

We may cry in the same way Jesus did, it shows our affection and care for the people we love. But we do not cry without hope, because we know that ultimately we and the people that we cry for will be resurrected into a new heaven and earth, where there will be no more tears!


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