Genadendal Mission Station.


Last week I visited Genadendal, Valley of Grace, a village with a rich spiritual history that was the first mission station in southern Africa. Founded by Georg Schmidt, a German Moravian Church missionary, who settled here on 23 April 1738 and began to evangelise among the Khoi people. Moravians had quite the zeal for mission work and even though converting the Khoi was near impossible, he kept at it. Schmidt formed a small Christian congregation, taught the Khoi to read and write, and began to baptize them despite outcries from the Dutch Reformed Church that he was not an ordained minister. As a result of this, he had to abandon his work after seven years and left the country.


Today the carefully maintained historical buildings found at the centre of the missionary village are worth a visit. I was there on a Sunday and everything was closed, expect for the Blacksmith. The recommendation is to go midweek and enjoy a tour of the different craft shops and possibly a meal at the local restaurant.

The Blacksmith let us in and showed off his latest work. Ark-SA. Also the benches that they are building which promote “Random Acts of Kindness’. 


The Blacksmith’s building.

imageimage‘By Sitting on this bench I am open to a conversation with a fellow member of our community’ Love that! These benches will be placed at the OR Tambo Johannesburg Airport, but the hope is that there will be orders for more. Ark*SA stands for A Random Act of Kindness. Yes, we should all be doing more of those.image

Sweet local dog that came to greet me.


Loved the use of these recycled five litre water bottles.


To check opening hours you can call the Genadendal Museum at 028 2518291 or mail the at

Remember too that Greyton is only 6 km away, which makes a good combination for a day out.

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