Original Research - Special Collection: Practical Theology

Practical Theology and providing service: The service through love of the Mamas Africa in the South African society

Amanda L. du Plessis
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 70, No 2 | a1931 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v70i2.1931 | © 2014 Amanda L. du Plessis | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 January 2013 | Published: 12 February 2014

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Amanda L. du Plessis, Unit of Reformed Theology and the Development of the South African Society, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa

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A fundamental principle of the Christian faith is that man is saved by the grace and by faith in the Triune God, not by deeds. Yet, James emphasises the importance of works after the Christian has been saved. Jesus said during his ministry on earth that he did not come to be served, but to serve. Faith is therefore seen in deeds, specifically deeds of love, that is, deeds that indicate that the Christian is not leading an egocentric life anymore, but a life characterised by considering his or her fellow human beings and reaching out to them. Eighteen years after apartheid, South Africa is still a country striving to build a nation and to be healed. Marches and protests against poor public service deliveries have become a well-known sight in society. Despite the larger picture of inadequate service, there are those who serve their fellow humans and society every day. The Mamas Africa utilising the minimum resources available, are examples of people who make a difference in society every day. The concept Mama Africa indicates all women from all races who are making a difference in the South African society by promoting mutual bonding. The motivation for their deeds is a deep faith in God, who is the source of hope and a conviction that a Christian has to serve others.


Practical theology; Service delivery; serve through love; Mama Africa; social change


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