PUB RESTORED INTO A CHURCH - Salem Danville, Pretoria, South Africa
FROM PUB TO CHURCH
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!
This morning at our prayer and care group, the following question was asked: “Why do you believe what you believe?”
What would your answer be? If you believe that God is the Creator of heaven and earth and that Jesus Christ is His Son, why do you believe this?
Many people believe out of tradition. Others believe because they are afraid to go to hell. Most people are however unable to answer why they actually believe in God.
While we were discussing this, one of the ladies stood up and said: “I believe, because a few months ago I used alcohol from morning till night, I was depressed and angry! But one Sunday at the church, I decided to invite God back into my life. Since then everything changed, neither my husband nor myself are using any alcohol and we are free!”
There are many reasons why I believe in God, but the realness of God is the most tangible for me in the way He changes people. People down and out, touched by His grace, transformed from nobodies, to somebodies in Jesus. Victims that testify of victories! Misery changed into a Message!
People cannot change in this way by themselves. Only God, through His touch, can radically change people. This makes our God a real God!
If you need some change, open your heart to the real God, He will truly change you!