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The role of the church in the struggle against poverty: A Hervormde Kerk in Suidelike Afrika perspective

S. P. Mpanza
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 52, No 4 | a1582 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v52i4.1582 | © 1996 S. P. Mpanza | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 December 1996 | Published: 13 December 1996

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S. P. Mpanza,, South Africa

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The essence of being a church is love. The church as an organization based on love has the responsibility of loving God, his people and the world which God himself loved first. This paper is about the responsibility of a 'poor church', the Hervormde Kerk in Suidelike Afrika, which despite its poverty still has the vocation of becoming meaningful to its members. Two appeals are made here: firstly, that both the rich and the poor churches should, despite their circumstances, play their roles in combating poverty among their members. Secondly, churches should shift from charity work to development.


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