Prologue

The Missionary


A post mortem on 32 years of missionary work in Africa and the world!

Peet H Botha BA, BTh, M.A, Ph.D. V.D.M. Extraordinary Professor in New Testament, School for Bible Sciences and Antique Languages, Faculty of Theology, North–West University. Registrar of Cedar College of Education, Pastor in the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa, Pastor (Missionary) Mission KwaSizabantu South Africa, Head of Mission Station (Claridge, Pietermaritzburg, RSA), Missionary in Location (KSBTulsa, Tulsa, OK, USA).

And now – Emiritus Missionary.

This blog will be a compilation of essays reflecting on 32 years of missionary endeavor worldwide but specifically at Mission Kwasizabantu (1986-2018) among the Zulu people in South Africa.

Why this blog?

One does not do something for 32 years and then have nothing to share!
Looking back on my years doing mission work, reflecting on the positives and the negatives, the rights and the wrongs, the good and the bad, doing the right thing and making mistakes, one surely have something to say to those who are even called to this day to enter the mission field in obedience to our Lord’s command in Matt 28:18-20:

18And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

I have been a “faith missionary” since 1988 with one missionary organization for more than 30 years. This means that one trusts God to care for you as His servant in all aspects of life – including family, finances, health, housing, clothes, etc. I have experienced and learned much in this time. I am now 66 years old. It is time to share with those coming after me the wonders of God’s care, grace and mercy and man’s imperfect response to this.

It is my hope that there will be some benefit from this for those striving to hasten the coming of God’s kingdom in the world.

I have listed some topics below. During 2019 I will endeavor to elaborate on each topic from my personal experiences as a missionary for Jesus Christ the Lord.

A series of essays!

  1. The Missio Dei.
  2. I am a Missionary.
  3. A missionary at Mission Kwasizabantu.
  4. A missionary among the Zulu people.
  5. A missionary worldwide.
  6. The missionary and God’s Word.
  7. The missionary and revival.
  8. The missionary and culture.
  9. The missionary and doctrine.
  10. The missionary and exclusivity.
  11. The missionary and pride.
  12. The missionary and judgment.
  13. The missionary and opinions.
  14. The missionary and attitudes.
  15. The missionary and racism.
  16. The missionary and love.
  17. The missionary and leadership.
  18. The missionary and the congregation.
  19. The missionary and money.
  20. The missionary and wealth.
  21. The missionary and commitment.
  22. The missionary and faith.
  23. The missionary and family.
  24. The missionary and spouse.
  25. The missionary and sin.
  26. The missionary and leading by example.
  27. The missionary and counseling.
  28. The missionary and co-workers.
  29. The missionary and preaching.
  30. The missionary and gossip.
  31. The missionary and jealousy.
  32. The missionary and hardships.
  33. The missionary and disappointment.
  34. The missionary and context.
  35. The missionary and personal walk with God.
  36. The missionary and the Holy Spirit.
  37. The missionary and corruption.
  38. The missionary and fear.
  39. The missionary and management.
  40. The missionary and the sacraments.
  41. The missionary and financial projects.
  42. The missionary and accountability.
  43. The missionary and housing.
  44. The missionary and cars.
  45. The missionary and personal convictions.
  46. The missionary and spiritual disillusionment

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