Nelspruit is in the east of South Africa, close to the Mozambique and Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) borders. It has a broad mixture of cultures and languages.
Richard and Telda moved to Nelspruit in 2015 following a request from some local people who could not find a single English-speaking church in the city which had a high view of God and of His word.
Most of the local churches around Nelspruit fail to teach the Bible faithfully. African Traditional Religion, Word of Faith teaching, superstition, staunch traditionalism and racism, dependence upon dreams and so-called ‘prophecies’ - all these abound in this part of South Africa. Richard has got to know some of the local pastors – several have admitted that they only use the Bible in preaching to support what they themselves want to teach! Please pray that God’s name would be honoured in this part of the country.
The church is slowly growing, and there is much evidence of God’s grace in the lives of the members. We are however conscious of the multitudes of people all around us who walk in darkness and are not getting to hear the gospel of Christ. Please ask the Lord to grow His church, to the praise of His glorious grace.
Richard and Telda have two children, Andrew (2007) and Tyler (2013).
If you are interested and would like to know more about this ministry please go to: https://nelspruitbiblechurch.org.za.
• To proclaim the Word of God both publicly and privately – from the pulpit and with individuals – trusting that Nelspruit Bible Church will be strengthened (Colossians 1:28–29).
• To train faithful men for leadership within the church (2 Timothy 2:2). Richard is currently the only elder in the church.
• To bring the gospel of Christ to the lost in and around Nelspruit (2 Timothy 4:5).
• To train local pastors to rightly divide the word of truth, as God providentially provides opportunities (2 Timothy 2:15).
Nelspruit, South Africa