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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Monday, October 31, 2011

Mirror or window church?

This weekend we had the privilege to visit a church that helps us in many ways. One of the many things they do is to provide food so we can feed the hungry people and children in our church. They have generous hearts and open hands to the needy.

While we were sitting in their service, I wondered what makes this church so different. How does a church become outwardly focused, while there are still so many churches that are just inwardly focused?

I realized then that it depends where the church is looking!

There are so many churches just looking at the mirror. A mirror will always just reflect yourself; it will show you how you look and what needs to be changed on yourself. Churches that just look in the mirror will only focus on themselves and change only within the boundaries of their own needs. There is nothing wrong with looking in the mirror, but we must remember to look out of the window as well.

A window helps you to look outside; to see further than just your own need. And when you look outside, you will definitely see the need. You will realize that looking into the mirror is good, but looking through the window will expand your vision.

The Bible is very clear about the importance of a vision:

Proverbs 29:18(KJV)
 18Where there is no vision, the people perish…

A church only looking at the mirror will have no vision; this will not only have an influence on the spiritual health of a church, but they will actually grow backwards!

Make sure that you are part of a church that looks through the window and not only at the mirror!


(Thanks to the congregation of Kruik – may you keep on looking through the window!)

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