Stellenbosch Theological Journal
On-line version ISSN 2413-9459
VERSTER, Pieter. Inspiration from the Gospel for the fullness of life in the informal settlements in Mangaung, Free State Province, South Africa. STJ [online]. 2015, vol.1, n.2, pp. 761-781. ISSN 2413-9459. http://dx.doi.org/10.17570/STJ.2015.V1N2.A36.
Informal settlements are mushrooming in Mangaung. The essential questions are what the implications of the Christian Gospel in this situation facing inhabitants of informal settlements in Mangaung are, and how the Gospel can inspire people living in dire circumstances to strive for the fullness of life. The needs of people should be determined first. Listening to people living in informal settlements is essential. Settlements in Mangaung were approached and qualitative research was conducted. The Gospel gives an encompassing and holistic answer to people's needs. All aspects, from the basic need for daily bread to the expectation of a new future, are relevant. Evangelism and humble service should be part of those bringing the Gospel to people living in informal settlements. A relation with Christ is all-important in inspiring a person to experience the fullness of life. The total person should, however, be brought to Christ to experience a full relationship with Him. In order to inspire, the Gospel should be brought by emphasising the glory of Christ so that the person can indeed hear and experience it, and be redeemed of and by Christ.
Keywords : Mangaung; informal settlements; missiology; qualitative empirical research; Hope; New Life in Christ.