Who is Gospel for Africa?
We are a Christian organisation motivated by scriptures like Matthew 25:31–46, Luke 4:16–19 and Luke 14:13–23 with a mission to train native missionaries and establish Churches on the foundation of Jesus Christ as given to the Apostles.
In 2006 our local Church based in Howick, South Africa began preaching in rural Black communities as these had the greatest needs. Due to lack of employment opportunities in the rural areas many men leave for the urban centres to find employment and the family unit suffers as a result. This has had the most devastating effect on our nation.
We began to offer skills to the local Church community and coach potential entrepreneurs. At present we assist with the financial support of our missionaries in these areas, as the communities are too poor to make any significant contribution. We therefore assist our missionaries in establishing small businesses to subsidise their incomes. As a Church organisation, our own funding is severely limited.
With cross cultural missions it is very difficult for missionaries from other cultures to integrate into a community in terms of culture, language, customs and acceptance. The early and past century missionaries were effective to some degree because they spent their entire lives living among the local people.
Native missionaries are readily received by the community, they understand the culture, language and customs, the cost of living is a fraction of what a foreign missionary would earn and they are already at a huge advantage at ministering to their own communities.
We began a mission school in South Africa in 2011 to train native missionaries.
We focus on training men from our local Churches who have been proven in their local Church and are recommended to us by the leadership of the Church.
Reaching further afield
We believe God has commissioned us to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all Nations.
Our vision is to equip men to revolutionise the Nation of Africa initially and then as far as God will take us, by the Gospel of Jesus Christ applied in both a spiritual and practical way, so that God’s purpose for true freedom and prosperity can be achieved.
We therefore want to open this up to others that are like minded and have a desire to support this vision.
We would ask you to carefully consider and then ask God to show you how you can be involved with Gospel for Africa.
God then showed us that we needed to get a black brother to minister as we were having very little impact. Through reading KP Yohannan’s book ‘Revolution in world missions’ we realised that cross cultural missions was very difficult in that missionaries to other cultures took a long time to integrate into a community in terms of culture, language, customs and acceptance. The early and past century missionaries were effective to some degree because they spent their entire lives living among the local people.
We had one of two options, live like the missionaries of old or support native missionaries. Clearly the second option was the best.
Native missionaries are readily received by the community, they understand the culture, language and customs, the cost of living is a fraction of what a white missionary would earn and they are already at a huge advantage at ministering to their own communities.
We began to pray for a young black brother who could be recommended to us for the ministry, we put the word out among the fellowships we are in association with and Bhekanani Dlamini was recommended to us. Bhekanani joined us in January 2008, being supported full time by the Howick Family Fellowship, we purchased Bhekanani a RDP house and furnished it for him. Bhekanani very quickly began evangelizing and discipling new believers, and began a fellowship in our hall for Zulu and Sesotho speaking people, they called the Church ‘Good Choice of God’.
In January 2009 we took on Cornelius Zulu on a full time basis, a brother from the newly formed Good Choice of God Fellowship as Bhekanani could not keep up with all the ministry demands. The Good Choice of God Fellowship has grown wonderfully and Cornelius has been able to be released from Good Choice and started a Church in Mpophomeni about 20 kilometres from Howick in June 2011.
In July 2009 we took on a third man, Reginald Ncgobo who has established a Church in Hopewell about 50 kilometres from Howick and has been very involved with the mission school training and prison ministry.