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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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Who is John Newton?

Yesterday we said that when you are endued with God’s grace, it will bring new life!

Somebody that was endued with God’s grace was John Newton. Although you might not know this name, I guarantee you, you will know the legacy of grace he left behind.

John Newton was born in 1725, almost 300 years ago. He owned a slave ship, trading with human being. Once there were a terrible storm on sea and some of his men were thrown overboard and died. He thought that it was his last day… but his life was spared. He knew that grace was give – something was given to him that he did not deserve – his life! He took slaves lives away by selling them, but his life was given back.

A second time in 1753 he had a stroke and could not go on his ship. A few weeks later he got news that his ship was attacked by pirates and his first captain in command was killed. He knew that was supposed to be him! More grace was endued on his life and new life started to grow inside of him!

Finally in 1755, his new life was born through grace. He left the slave trade, even became an activist against it and became a minister of the Word.

Then in 1773 he wrote his legacy of grace:

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,   
That saved a wretch like me....
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

T'was Grace that taught...
my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear...
the hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares...
we have already come.
T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far...
and Grace will lead us home.

The Lord has promised good to me...
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be...
as long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
and mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
a life of joy and peace.

When we've been here ten thousand years...
bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise...
then when we've first begun.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,   
That saved a wretch like me....
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

May you experience His amazing grace today!


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