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Verbum et Ecclesia

On-line version ISSN 2074-7705
Print version ISSN 1609-9982

Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.32 n.1 Pretoria  2011 



Die kerk en mense op straat in die informele behuisingsgebiede in Mangaung/Bloemfontein



Pieter Verster

Department of Missiology, University of the Free State, South Africa





The challenges posed by informal settlements are enormous, also in the Bloemfontein/Mangaung area. The question asked in this article was how the church can reach out to people on the streets and in the informal settlements. Research was conducted to establish the views of the church and the task it has from randomly approached people on the streets. The Bible speaks positively on the task of the people of Israel and the church to reach out to foreigners. The church in informal settlements should see the people on the streets as its responsibility. A very important aspect is to gain structures in the informal community for the churches to be present in a more concrete way. Although the church remains the people of God and is not limited to structures, the presence of structures can in many ways enhance the positive help and influence of the church in the community; even to the people on the streets.



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Pieter Verster
PO Box 29115
Danhof 9310
South Africa

Received: 12 Oct. 2010
Accepted: 24 Mar. 2011
Published: 31 May 2011

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