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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Monday, August 22, 2011

A thank you that touched the heart!

To work among people that are poor is not always easy, but we have learned that the rewards you receive make it all the worthwhile. This past Sunday was one of those days that makes it worthwhile!

We have been praying for one of our ladies that did not have a job and sometimes even stayed on street. Sunday she came to us and testified that she got a job and a “Wendy” (a small wooden house, +/- 3 meter by 4 meter). She was extremely excited about her new “home”!

She wanted to thank us for our prayers and support and from her pocket she took out a small little book… A lady that owns almost nothing gave us one of her little inspirational books! She wanted to give something to show her gratitude towards God!

My heart was touched deeply and it made me think about the ten lepers in Luke 17 that cried with one voice to Jesus to heal them. Jesus heard them and responded with a simple command, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” On their way to show themselves to the priests, they were healed! People that once were required by law to always keep their distance, and if they would come near clean people, they were required to shout out “Unclean! Unclean!”

I can just imagine the joy and excitement of these 10 men. One however, a Samaritan stopped and returned to Jesus, falling to his knees, thanking Him for his healing!

Jesus had two reactions to the Samaritan at his feet. The first was that He wondered where the other 9 were. “Weren’t there 10 of you?” he asked. “Where are the others?” “Weren’t they made clean too?” It was as if Jesus expected all of them to return to say thank you!

Sometimes we take the blessings like a house to live in, for granted and we only appreciate it more when we don’t have it anymore. We have so much to be thankful about!

When last did you say thank you? Sometimes you need to stop and turn around to give a word of thanks like the leper. Sometimes you need to give something, even if you only have a little, to show your gratitude!

Tomorrow I’ll tell you what the little book is all about!


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