Groups: Black 75.2%, White 13.6%, Colored 8.6%, Indian 2.6%
11 official languages, including Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi,
Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Religion: Christian 68% (includes most whites and Coloreds, about 60% blacks
and about 40% of Indians), Muslim 2%, Hindu 1.5% (60% of Indians), indigenous
beliefs and animist 28.5%
Pretoria is the administrative center, Cape Town is the legislative center and
Bloemfontein is the judicial center
- The Union of South Africa was formed in 1910. A white minority parliamentary
republic was created in 1961. The infamous 'apartheid' system politically and
economically marginalized non-whites and brought untold pain and suffering to
the majority. A worsening economic climate, increasing political isolation, a
deteriorating security situation and the ending of the Cold War all triggered
rapid changes in the 1980's. The last laws under girding apartheid were repealed
in 1991 and the country's first free national democratic elections took place
in 1994. Nelson Mandela's government worked hard to set up a free, non-racial
government and constitution, and initiate the long healing process with commendable
successes. Much disillusionment has set in due to the slow rate of change, limited
economic growth and increasing crime and corruption.
- The richest and most industrialized country in Africa The world's biggest exporter
of non-petroleum minerals - especially gold, platinum, chrome, diamonds and coal.
Well diversified, industrial economy. Lack of oil, water and an erratic rainfall
hinder growth. The post-apartheid government promised to stimulate development,
initiate affirmative action to further African economy progress and open up the
economy. The economy has not grown sufficiently to improve employment, housing,
education and give hope for the future to the impoverished majority.
- There is freedom of religion. A strong push to give all religions equal say
has given high profile to the ethnic African religions, Islam, Hinduism, humanism
and the interfaith movement at the expense of Christianity. (Operation
World, 21st Century Edition, WEC International)
MINISTRY IN SOUTH AFRICA
goal is to go to the unreached/poorly reached area to evangelize, disciple and
train, believing that these ministries will result in Christians who can reproduce
themselves, thus fulfilling the task Christ left us to do.
HAS FOUR PURPOSES FOR THE WORK IN SOUTH AFRICA
Establishing of churches
G.F.F. missionaries will be working in partnership with South Africans to establish
fundamental churches. There are many Christians there but leadership and teaching
will consider any creative means in order to initiate church planting movements
among any unreached people group (UPG). We offer career, short term and summer
opportunities to be directly involved in reaching UPGs. We are open to going to
any UPG if there are no fundamental ministries trying to reach them and there
is a team of people who feel God leading them to go with GFF to get the job done.
2. Youth workers
GFF is looking for men and women who are called of God to serve on the mission
field. GFF has competent, experienced leadership and desires to assist new missionaries
in becoming successful missionaries for God's glory.