KwaSizabantu Mission is the most extraordinary and successful mission station on the continent of Africa. KwaSizabantu originated 40 years ago when God graciously sent Revival among the Zulus.
Article from: [Issue 1 2006]
It is almost 40 years since the beginning of the Revival in Zululand. The rivers of Living Water are still flowing. The Word of God from which this Revival was born continues to spread and is going forth in power, locally and internationally. The little Zulu congregation in Mapumulo has become a large Mission with headquarters at KwaSizabantu (meaning the place where people are helped), not far from Mapumulo.
The Mission, though it has buildings to house about 4,500, constantly has the problem of too little accommodation - because of the constant flood of people seeking the Lord. Hundreds, often thousands, gather for daily services. Often people come from other countries and continents. One visiting minister remarked that it was like the first Pentecost. He went around and counted the different nationalities and arrived at 14 languages at a single service.
The auditorium at KwaSizabantu can seat 10,000. Aside from regular Sunday services, this massive structure is also used for special conferences. KwaSizabantu now has about 130 out- stations and mission bases and schools in other parts of South Africa as well as in Switzerland, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Romania and many other parts of the world.
In South Africa Rev. Erlo Stegen is assisted by a team of over 160 co-workers and many volunteers. Teams are constantly being invited to preach at schools, youth groups and congregations throughout Zululand, South Africa, and across the border.
The school at KwaSizabantu Mission, Domino Servite, has often had the distinction of producing some of the top students in the country with the highest distinctions.
The Cedar College of Education provides a 4-year teachers’ training degree accredited by the North-West University.
Tabitha Adult School is a centre for training illiterate adults to read and write.
The Mission uses its 340 hectares of land for intensive farming. A Green House Project produces vegetables of the highest quality, and kiwi vineyards producing fruit for local and international markets. A bakery produces about 700 loaves a day as well as a variety of confectionery. A dairy and yoghurt production plant sells to shops, hospitals and airline companies. A water bottling plant produces bottled water including flavoured water for the South African and international market.
KwaSizabantu is a faith mission, which on principle does not solicit funds or give any appeals for donations. It is a hive of productivity and a testimony to the Christian work ethic.
It has thrived in spite of times of great opposition and slanderous campaigns against it. As Rev. Stegen says: “Wherever God is at work, the devil is also there to do his dirty counter work. I am of the opinion that often, the depth of God’s work can be measured by the amount of opposition encountered.”
To the skeptics, we challenge with the words of Philip to Nathaniel: “Come and see!”
by Dr. Peter Hammond
For more information, contact:
Private Bag 252
Tel: 032-481-5500; web: www.kwasizabantu.com