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The founder of the Mission, the late Mr Hans von Staden, testified:
"In February 1942, my wife and I visited in Lindley, in the Free State. The lovely shade of the willows on the banks of the False River was my chosen spot for Bible study and prayer early in the day. One morning I became intensely aware of the wonderful presence of the Lord. I heard His voice deep within my heart: We were to dedicate our lives to the evangelisation of the souls in the black townships of South Africa. It was a sudden unexpected call…" (Extract from the booklet, "I heard His call".)
The doctrinal basis of the Dorothea Mission is laid down in the following quotation from the Regulations and the Constitution of the Mission:
The Mission and its
members confess their deep dependence on the guidance of the Holy Spirit
in all matters, the necessity of prayer and a definite call of God to
Our members come from different countries, including some European countries, but they are mainly from Southern Africa. Most of them serve in the countries of their birth. The members are expected to belong to recognised evangelical churches.
It is expected of the members to:
Most of our evangelists are trained at the Dorothea Bible College near Rosslyn (North West of Pretoria) where a three-year course is offered. Apart from classes and studies, the students also gain practical experience through outreaches over weekends and by joining the evangelistic team from time to time. People who are not specifically called to serve with the Dorothea Mission may also apply to be trained at our Bible College.
Relationship to Churches
The Dorothea Mission is an interdenominational organisation which co-operates with recognised evangelical churches that adhere to the truth and authority of God’s Word. This mission does not plant churches. Converts are encouraged to become active members of evangelical churches.
The Importance of Prayer
Prayer is a vital part of the foundation and functioning of the Dorothea Mission. Spiritual work and prayer cannot be separated. The Mission is sincerely grateful for every intercessor.
The Dorothea Mission is a faith mission and acknowledges its complete dependence on God for the provision of funds. Therefore, no requests for financial support are made. Needs are brought to God alone in prayer. Debts are not incurred. God gave the founder of the Mission the promise of Philippians 4:19: "My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Until this day He has been faithful to His promise.
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