Bethel Church

Bethel Church was founded in 1837 on land granted by Chief Gazela by Pastor JL Dohne of the Berlin Missionary Society, whose members were the first group of whites to settle in the area. The early years were marred by the unrest that accompanied the various frontier wars. The church was destroyed three times – and rebuilt twice by Dohne’s successor Pastor A. Kropf – before the  consecration of the present church building in 1865. Interestingly, Kropf was chief translator of the Bible into Xhosa, published in 1887-89 and he also compiled a Xhosa-English dictionary published in 1899, a copy of which was recently acquired by the Stutterheim Historical Society and is on display in the library. One of the dilapidated outbuildings is the school – where Pastor Kropf is thought to have started teaching the Xhosa people to read the Bible in their own language. No nails were used in its construction and the roof beams are lashed together with thongs.

The Bethel Mission complex consists of the church, cemetery, school, Rectory and the old Rectory and there is much involvement in community development activities.

 

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Dear Most respected NTHOBI ANGEL This is a Joy’s time and season. We wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Greetings to you from our Heavenly father and soon coming savior Jesus Christ! I am pleased to introduce my self PastorM.Sathyanandam, serving the Lord for the last 9 years in the coastal area of Andhra Pradesh state { South India }. God made a miracle in my life when I came to see your website; I was encouraged to note the activities of your ministry that touched my heart greatly. Ours is an independent ministry serving the lord with utmost faith only. Dear One in Him we have been serving in tribal areas with my co-pastors. Those who are living in that area we providing their needs according to James 1:27 and providing food, clothing, education and all accommodation at free of cost. Part of our work me and elders, church members, distribute pamphlets, bible material, pray for the sick and needy and conduct rural village Gospel meetings, win their souls and leading them to the kingdom of God. I was encouraged after having gone through your Id, website and decided to work with your ministry. On my behalf, church elders, and saints, I invite you to visit India in the year 2009 to minister with us as we are much interested to see you in person, to have you in our midst to proclaim the Good news of Jesus to win many a perishing souls in this end time and request you to join in prayer with us. We all praying for you daily in our personal, family and church prayers and request you to continue to pray for us, for our ministry and for our invitation to you to visit India to minister with us in 2009. Our love and faithful prayers for you, I look forward to hearing from you soon. Yours in Christ, Pastor. M.Sathyanandam

Marri.satyanadam on 14th of December, 2009 at 12:09.

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