On Wednesday 16 August, a group of Christians in Cape Town made a public stand against the unethical journalism of FakeNews24/7 who have produced some outrageous attacks on Christian missions.
Investigated journalist and Author Gerda Potgieter was part of this protest outside the headquarters of News24. Gerda has completed a masterpiece of investigative journalism: a Journey to the Truth: the case of KwaSizabantu Mission.
Responding to the sensational scandal mongering and irresponsible failure of News 24 to do basic background research on the unsubstantiated allegations they gave such prominence to, Gerda has unravelled the web of deceit and intrigue behind the extraordinary malicious campaign led by Adrian Basson and his so called News24. They produced over 117 articles against the exemplary KwaSizabantu Mission in KwaZulu Natal. A Journey to the Truth reads like a detective novel, it is a real page turner, I could not put it down.
Christian Truth versus Pagan Lies
The truth behind the rumours and accusations needs to be known. Ultimately this book, although beginning with the negative attacks, is positive, uplifting and inspiring. I think it needs to be Required Reading for every journalist. Exposing shoddy and superficial scandal rags and demonstrating real investigative journalism, doing the hard work necessary to get to the facts and present the truth.
It is not often that one has the opportunity to unravel complex intrigues in order to get to understand the reality behind the headlines. Gerda has done us all a great service in producing this landmark book. She proves that facts can really destroy a good story.
A Journey to the Truth - the Case of KwaSizabantu Mission
You can see the Video/interview with Gerda Potgieter, investigated Journalist, editor of Devoted magazine and author of a Journey to the Truth here: https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/850051900
Facts can really Destroy a Good Story
To watch the video of the Book Launch: a Journey to the Truth - the Case of KwaSizabantu Mission click:https://vimeo.com/847131174?share=copy
To watch the Video of the presentation on a Journey to the Truth : the Case of KwaSizabantu Mission on Sunday Morning click https://vimeo.com/848334315?share=copy
Required Reading for every Journalist
A Journey to the Truth : the Case of KwaSizabantu Mission is available from Christian Liberty Books: https://www.christianlibertybooks.co.za/item/9780639797038
An Example of Excellence in Missions, ministry and Revival
Bondservant of Christ by Elfrieda Fleischmann
Having read every word of this inspiring book, I cannot recommend it highly enough. As someone who has regularly visited KwaSizabantu Mission since 1987, I can testify to the truth of this remarkable book. Having also read Kurt Koch’s landmark God among the Zulus and other books on the Revival, attended almost every Ministers Conference, I thought I knew a lot about the Mission, but Bondservant of Christ revealed so much more. In fact no one can comprehend just how much God has accomplished, by his grace, through Rev Erlo Stegen and through his family and faithful co-workers. KwaSizabantu Mission is the most extraordinary, exemplary and effective Mission in all of Africa, possibly in the world. When I asked Rev. Bill Bathman, if I was overstating the case to declare that KwaSizabantu Mission is “the most blessed and effective mission in Africa”, he replied: "Peter, you can upgrade that to the world. I have ministered in 114 countries and there is no ministry on earth to compare with KwaSizabantu Mission in terms of missionary effectiveness and spiritual impact." I cannot think of any ministry, or government department for that matter, which has accomplished more to practically help people than Uncle Erlo and the Mission of KwaSizabantu. Bondservant of Christ should be Required Reading for all missionaries and Theological students. It is an inspiring case study of an Example of Excellence in Missions, ministry and Revival.
This inspiring and challenging book consists of over 300 pages, with over 209 photographs, many of them in colour, including the historic context, conversion and calling behind the Revival. It reveals the historic roots of the unique work of God at KwaSizabantu mission, beginning with the Revival in Germany in the 19th-century and the launch of the North German Mission Society in Hamburg and the Ministry of Louis Harms and the ship they built, the Kandaze to transport Christian missionaries and farming families to reach Africa for Christ. Bondservant of Christ is an extraordinary record of the family background and early life of Erlo Stegen, who from his teenage years has been dedicated to reaching Zulu people for Christ.
Required Reading for all Missionaries and Theological students
To obtain your copy of the inspiring Bondservant of Christ book: https://www.christianlibertybooks.co.za/item/KSBBONDSERVANT
To view the LovingLifeTV based in Australia programme tackling the attacks on KwaSizabantu Mission:
Kwasizabantu Mission - Revival Under Fire in Zululand:
You can learn more about kwasizabantu Mission: https://www.ksb.org.za/