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Country Profile: South Africa

Welcome to South Africa!

Howzit. Thobela. Molo. Sawubona. Riperile. !hoi ca. Dumela. Avuwani. With 11 official languages and many different cultures, South Africa is aptly named the rainbow nation. Its diversity is not just reflected in its various people groups, but also in nature (South Africa is the third most bio-diverse country in the world) and in the socioeconomic status of its people ranging from the richest of the rich to the poorest of the poor.

Although South Africa is a country of opportunity and huge potential, the social and developmental needs are vast. Some of the challenges facing the country include a high crime rate, a population ravaged by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, many immigrants from across Africa flooding the borders in search of a better future, and the struggle with the peaceful integration of cultures in a post-apartheid era.

OM in South Africa

OM has been working in South Africa since 1986. Initially the focus has been on mobilising the church and training missionaries to go into the world, but in recent years the work of OM has become even more diverse as we respond to the needs in South Africa. Today there are between 400-500 missionaries represented by OM South Africa, either working locally or in a foreign country.

Our Vision

OM South Africa, in relationship with churches, disciples and sends workers to see lives and communities transformed locally and among the nations.

Our focus

We are primarily focused on the following:

  • Relating with churches

We aim to serve and mobilise churches to become involved in the work of the great commission. We do this through building relationships, missions awareness and providing resources, with a great passion and commitment to the previously disadvantaged black African churches (Emerging Missions Movements). We are willing to embrace any opportunity and employ pioneering initiatives, like sports ministry (through our SportLink team), to achieve this aim.

  • Discipling workers

We are passionate about people and we love to see them grow and mature in the Lord. Through our Missions Discipleship Training (MDT) every year, we disciple and equip a diverse group of more than 100 participants from around the world. We provide quality training that challenges individuals to a deeper relationship with Christ, and helps them to be prepared for effective ministry in the missions field.

  • Sending the workers

We have a dedicated team providing support services and administrative functions necessary to get missionaries to the field and help them stay focused on their ministry without worrying about administrative tasks. South African workers are serving long-term in Middle East, Europe, Asia and South America, and every year there is a large group joining OM Ships and other programmes and outreaches.

  • Transforming lives and communities

We are gripped by the task of bringing the whole Gospel to the whole world.

In South Africa we are anguished by the ravages of HIV and AIDS and the hopelessness that it brings. Our AIDSHope team, based in Mamelodi (within a township community), reaches out to those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. We bring a message of hope through a daily after-school programme for vulnerable youth, training and community projects.

We also see the unique opportunities of reaching out to the least-reached and marginalized in South Africa, and our one- and two- year Global Action Teams aim to work with these groups leading them to Jesus.

Our Global Challenge team provides opportunities for individuals and churches to become involved in short-term outreaches across the globe and in South Africa. TeenStreet is another opportunity we offer to help teenagers and youth workers to connect with God and become involved in the hurting world around them.

How can you join us?

You can become involved by praying, giving and going.
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South Africa Statistics:

  • Population: 49,320,000
    (2009 est.)

  • HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: 20.9%
    (2008 est.)

  • HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS: 5,700,000
    (2008 est.)

  • Ethnic groups:
    black African 79%
    white 9.6%
    colored 8.9%
    Indian/Asian 2.5%
    (2001 census)

  • Religions:
    Zion Christian 11.1%
    Pentecostal/ Charismatic 8.2%
    Catholic 7.1%
    Methodist 6.8%
    Dutch Reformed 6.7%
    Anglican 3.8%
    Muslim 1.5%
    other Christian 36%
    other 2.3%
    unspecified 1.4%
    none 15.1%
    (2001 census)

  • Unemployment rate: 24%
    (2009 est.)

  • Population below poverty line: 50%
    (2000 est.)

Missions Gallery
South Africa

South Africa :: Richards Bay, South Africa :: Dominic Limacher (Switzerland) delivers a Help Pack with a child from Ngwekezana Tertiary Hospital.
South Africa :: Richards Bay, South Africa :: Ship in Port.
South Africa :: Richards Bay, South Africa :: Reaching a Generations Ray Tewsom shows creative ways of connecting with children and youths during the Sprout workshop on board Logos Hope.
South Africa :: Richards Bay, South Africa :: Hope Team visits local Seafarer’s Club to talk with sailors from other ships docked near the Logos Hope.
South Africa :: Richards Bay, South Africa :: Mirte Jorine ter Wal (Netherlands) helps entertain the children at a school event on board Logos Hope.
South Africa :: Richards Bay, South Africa :: MDT student Amalia Friesen (Paraguay) helping to prepare dinner for close to 400 crewmembers.
South Africa :: Richards Bay, South Africa :: Two students show their gifts of The Bible App for Kids Book of Hope booklets after a school event on board Logos Hope.
South Africa :: Richards Bay, South Africa :: 16 inmates accept Jesus into their lives during a Logos Hope team visit.
South Africa :: Richards Bay, South Africa :: Crewmember Glasi Cruz (Brazil) extracts the tooth of a boy at Logos Hopes dental clinic in a local village.
South Africa :: Richards Bay, South Africa :: Ship in Port.
South Africa :: A woman gave her life to Jesus after MDT team have shared the gospel with her and prayed with her.
South Africa :: Durban, South Africa :: The team who took part in the 2016 dry dock in Durban, South Africa.

Recent Stories
South Africa

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South Africa

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