History of KwaSizabantu
After a number of years of ministry, Reverend Erlo Stegen realised that the shallow conversions he was experiencing were not in line with what the Scriptures declared, “He who believes in Me as the Scripture say, from his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38) This led him, together with a handful of committed believers, to earnestly seek for these rivers of living water that he, as yet, could not claim to have experienced.
In 1966, God in His mercy sent revival to this small group of Christians – then still at Maphumulo. Immediately men and women, seeking the truth, came in their numbers to find help. It soon became obvious that their accommodation was inadequate and although for four years permission for a place was sought at Maphumulo, the Lord answered their prayers by granting them a piece of land at KwaSizabantu in 1970.
With just a handful of co-workers, Reverend Stegen established a mission station on a 140-hectare farm. The first building was erected using the wattle and daub found on the farm. Soon more buildings for accommodation were needed, and electricity, food and water were required to sustain the growing numbers of people who flocked to KwaSizabantu seeking peace, restoration, freedom from bondage and a life-changing meeting with God.
God led Reverend Stegen to initiate a number of projects to help support spreading the Gospel. These projects include a bottled water factory, the production of dairy products, the cultivation of sweet peppers and avocados.
In time God increased the number of co-workers and under the leadership of Reverend Stegen KwaSizabantu – Zulu for ‘the place where people are helped’ – continues to grow under the guidance and power of God. Branches have been established, not only throughout South Africa, but also throughout the world.
Countless people from all walks of life continue daily to seek and find help for spirit, soul and body at KwaSizabantu, and experience God’s transforming power.