Reverend Erlo Stegen

Rev EH Stegen called home

26 September 2023

Today, 26 September 2023, marks the passing of Erlo Hartwig Stegen, the founder and director of KwaSizabantu Mission, fondly known as Baba Mfundisi. He was born on 2 March 1935 to Carl and Irmgard Stegen on the family farm, Paardefontein, in KwaZulu Natal. He was destined to hear the call of God at a very early age, from which he put his hand to the plough and never looked back. He devoted every moment of his life to God's cause ever since and his supreme passion was to win men for Christ.

Erlo's call was to all the people of South Africa, and in doing this work, a powerful and lasting bond was born with the Zulu nation. His belief in the divine authority of the Bible and his choice to believe as the Scriptures say, led to a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit in 1966. This resulted in decades of revival where God showed the world what He can do through one man who puts his life on the altar. Millions of visitors have passed through his ministry at KwaSizabantu Mission and received help and spiritual assistance. His legacy and impact on the lives of all who met him, are immeasurable.

Erlo ministered worldwide. His powerful messages were marked by great boldness - what God laid on his heart he fearlessly passed on. Listeners experienced deep conviction of sin which led to repentance and deliverance.

Erlo was an innovative and influential visionary. Many outstations of the mission were born from his ministry. He founded institutions of education and learning, established businesses and initiated humanitarian projects.

To his coworkers he exemplified 'whoever wants to be great in God's kingdom, learn to be the servant of all.' Who can weigh up what he meant to each one personally?

Few were unmoved by his great love and compassion. No one who crossed his path was too insignificant. Widows, orphans, the poor and hungry, those who mourned, the souls burdened with the guilt of sin, all experienced his warmth, generosity and heartfelt prayers.

Throughout his life Erlo suffered persecution - as is the lot of many who have chosen to devote their life to Christ's service. His love for his persecutors, however, did not wane and even on his deathbed he continued to pray for them.

God has now called his faithful servant home. As he himself said, "If God fetches me don't cry, it will be wonderful in heaven!"

His death is a resounding call to be on fire for the Lord - a call to his children, to his coworkers, ministers of the gospel throughout the world and the church of Jesus Christ to spread the gospel to all.

"Let the Gospel go. May it spread across the whole world!"

70th anniversary

REV EH STEGEN CALLED HOME

We would like to thank everyone for their kindness, support and prayers during this time.

Sister Songxaba

Dr SL Songxaba

“What a stalwart of faith, love and kindness! He was a true personification of Christianity, a child of God indeed and a faithful follower of Jesus Christ.”

Ishmael Mamonyane

Ishmael Mamonyane

“Everyone who ever went to the Mission with purpose cannot have missed that plea by the director to hearken to God and be holy for I am holy.”

Rev Viktor Hamm

Rev Viktor Hamm (US)

Vice President of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

“The world has lost another spiritual giant and hero. Heaven is welcoming him with open arms.”

guilma Stander

Guilma Stander, Cape Pulpit

“May his wonderful work continue and be a blessing to the nations as it has been.”

Russia

Манвел Мирзаханян (Russia)

“I met Jesus Christ at KwaSizabantu and in this, my beloved Uncle Erlo played the most important role. For me and it seems to all Christians who knew Uncle Erlo, this is a very great loss.”

24395-christian-flagjpeg

Peter & Barbara Anderson

United Congregational Church of Southern Africa

“Rev Stegen was a great joy to us. Always with a challenging message.”

Richard Nhlebela

Richard Nhlebela

“Erlo will be greatly missed. He showed us the true gospel. The non compromising message about being born again to Christ.”

pasteur Claude Fatchina

Pastor Calvin Thabani Mthembu

“Undoubtedly he is a model for the church of Jesus Christ that men of God must imitate.”

victor gonta

Victor Gonta, Moldova

“We will all keep in mind what he did for Christianity all over the world, and so for some here in Moldova, eastern Europe. He said not to cry, but we do...”

KZN Provincial Government

KZN Provincial Government

“KwaSizabantu Mission founder Rev Erlo Stegen Rest in peace.”

Amazulu FC

Amazulu FC

“Rest in peace Rev Erlo Stegen.”

Abraham Warren

Abraham Warren (Cambodia)

“It is with much sadness that we grieve together upon the passing into glory of our beloved father in the faith.”

KZN Sharks Board

KZN Sharks Board

“KZN Sharks Board members and management mourn the passing of the founder of aQuelle water and other products from the rural areas of Sizabantu at Kranskop.”

Vuyani Bikitsha

Pastor Vuyani Bikitsha

“One of the generals of the faith has gone home empty. He gave it all so that we are enriched. His love for God and His people is a story to tell generations. Like David, he has served God's purpose in his generation and now he has fallen asleep.”

dr. mose

Bishop Dr Moses Omuse Okisai

“My family and the entire church of Christ in Kenya and the rest of world celebrate the life of a hero of faith who has been called home. I sincerely thank God for the good fight the servant of God has fought and left behind a legacy of faith.”

24395-christian-flagjpeg

Veeran & Savy Chetty

“We celebrate the life of a great soldier in the Kingdom of God, an ambassador for Christ and a humble servant leader.”

Ntombi Zungungu

Ntombi Zungungu

“My deepest condolences to this greatest man. Heaven has gained another hero.”

Dr Peter Hammond

Dr Peter Hammond

“We have lost a great leader, friend and example of excellence, but he has gained everlasting life...”

Read More

Nomusa Dube Ncube

Ms Nomusa Dube-Ncube - KZN Premier

“Reverend Erlo Stegen’s contributions to the spiritual, economic and social fabric of KwaZulu-Natal were immense, and his loss will be felt deeply by all those whose lives he touched.”

Read More

24395-christian-flagjpeg

Gordon & Petra Houston-McMillan

“We thank God for a life well spent in His service.”

Kingkgotso Projects - 
Managing Director: Benedict Mosothoane
+27 (0)83 750 2736

Dr Kenneth Meshoe

“We have lost a giant and an apostle in the faith.”

Read More

Selyukov family

Sergei & Ella Selyukov (US)

“Uncle Erlo was the greatest man that ever lived and I am privileged and honoured to have known him.”

24395-christian-flagjpeg

Pastor Herbert F. Magwaza

“A great man of God.”

Ann Moore

Ann Moore & family

“A truly visionary and heroic man of God.”

Rev Antonio Manzambi

Rev Antonio Manzambi

“A great apostle has left us. May your good deeds follow you. Your teaching will remain alive in our hearts.”

Mkangeli Matomela

Mkangeli & Nosipho Matomela

“We are greatly honoured to have our own personal experience of this great humble servant of God who was full of love, joy, happiness and dedicated service to the Most High God and His kingdom family, national and international communities.”

Eugene & Nokulunga Mthiyane

Eugene & Nokulunga Mthiyane

“Uwile umuthi omkhulu. Siyambonga uNkulunkulu ngenkonzo yaleliqhawe lenkolo yobuKristu asibusise ngalo phakathi kwethu iminyaka eminingi. Isizulu sithi ziyolala izinsizwa kusale izibongo.”

Layse Anglada

Layse Anglada

“Rev Erlo Stegen was invited to come to Brazil and he accepted the invitation and preached a powerful message in our town, Belem, at the Amazon region. We thank God for that special and wonderful occasion.”

Pasteur Claude FATCHINA

Pasteur Claude Fatchina, Benin

The announcement of Uncle Erlo's departure to the Heavenly Father did not come as a surprise.  During previous pastorals, especially that of 2019, by analyzing his message, was preparing to join the Heavenly Father.  Like Jesus Christ in Matthew 28 on the eve of His earthly departure leaving a clear orientation to the disciples, Uncle Erlo had also done so.  May God work the hearts of the management team in place to continue the work of Uncle Erlo.

Pastor BJ Ngidi

We thank God for His precious Gift unto us. Glory be unto God the most High.

Penny

Penny, USA

This is a terrible loss for the family, the Mission, the Zulu people and people all over the world who were blessed by his ministry.

I was brought to Kwasizabantu in the 1980s and Rev Stegen prayed for me. When Rev Stegen visited the USA some years back, I went to meet with him. I continue to watch the KSB services from the USA where I live. I am very grateful for having known him and for his help.

George Mwabu

Rev. George K. Mwabu, Kenya

The General has fallen. I personally listened to this man when I attended one of his conferences in 2019 and was really impacted. I appreciate every moment of his sacrifice and pray for an equal to the task transition.

Nhlanhla Goqo

Dr. Pastor ZSN Goqo, Ladysmith

We need to thank God for the tremendous gift from God Himself to change the lives of many people, particularly in the whole of the Republic of South Africa and world at large.

Pastor George Ankadu

A GREAT Man Of GOD has gone home. We give praise to God for the LIFE and Ministry of Dr. STEGEN.

Ishmael Mamonyane

Ishmael Mamonyane

“Everyone who ever went to the Mission with purpose cannot have missed that plea by the director to hearken to God and be holy for I am holy.”

guilma Stander

Guilma Stander, Cape Pulpit

“May his wonderful work continue and be a blessing to the nations as it has been.”

24395-christian-flagjpeg

Peter & Barbara Anderson

United Congregational Church of Southern Africa

“Rev Stegen was a great joy to us. Always with a challenging message.”

Richard Nhlebela

Richard Nhlebela

“Erlo will be greatly missed. He showed us the true gospel. The non compromising message about being born again to Christ.”

pasteur Claude Fatchina

Pastor Calvin Thabani Mthembu

“Undoubtedly he is a model for the church of Jesus Christ that men of God must imitate.”

Sister Songxaba

Dr SL Songxaba

“What a stalwart of faith, love and kindness! He was a true personification of Christianity, a child of God indeed and a faithful follower of Jesus Christ.”

victor gonta

Victor Gonta, Moldova

“We will all keep in mind what he did for Christianity all over the world, and so for some here in Moldova, eastern Europe. He said not to cry, but we do...”

KZN Provincial Government

KZN Provincial Government

“KwaSizabantu Mission founder Rev Erlo Stegen Rest in peace.”

Read More

Amazulu FC

Amazulu FC

“Rest in peace Rev Erlo Stegen.”

Read More

Abraham Warren

Abraham Warren (Cambodia)

“It is with much sadness that we grieve together upon the passing into glory of our beloved father in the faith.”

KZN Sharks Board

KZN Sharks Board

“KZN Sharks Board members and management mourn the passing of the founder of aQuelle water and other products from the rural areas of Sizabantu at Kranskop.”

Read More

Vuyani Bikitsha

Pastor Vuyani Bikitsha

“One of the generals of the faith has gone home empty. He gave it all so that we are enriched. His love for God and His people is a story to tell generations. Like David, he has served God's purpose in his generation and now he has fallen asleep.”

dr. mose

Bishop Dr Moses Omuse Okisai

“My family and the entire church of Christ in Kenya and the rest of world celebrate the life of a hero of faith who has been called home. I sincerely thank God for the good fight the servant of God has fought and left behind a legacy of faith.”

24395-christian-flagjpeg

Veeran & Savy Chetty

“We celebrate the life of a great soldier in the Kingdom of God, an ambassador for Christ and a humble servant leader.”

Rev Viktor Hamm

Rev Viktor Hamm (US)

Vice President of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

“The world has lost another spiritual giant and hero. Heaven is welcoming him with open arms.”

Ntombi Zungungu

Ntombi Zungungu

“My deepest condolences to this greatest man. Heaven has gained another hero.”

Dr Peter Hammond

Dr Peter Hammond

“We have lost a great leader, friend and example of excellence, but he has gained everlasting life...”

Read More

Nomusa Dube Ncube

Ms Nomusa Dube-Ncube - KZN Premier

“Reverend Erlo Stegen’s contributions to the spiritual, economic and social fabric of KwaZulu-Natal were immense, and his loss will be felt deeply by all those whose lives he touched.”

Read More

Kingkgotso Projects - 
Managing Director: Benedict Mosothoane
+27 (0)83 750 2736

Dr Kenneth Meshoe

“We have lost a giant and an apostle in the faith.”

Read More

Selyukov family

Sergei & Ella Selyukov (US)

“Uncle Erlo was the greatest man that ever lived and I am privileged and honoured to have known him.”

Russia

Манвел Мирзаханян (Russia)

“I met Jesus Christ at KwaSizabantu and in this, my beloved Uncle Erlo played the most important role. For me and it seems to all Christians who knew Uncle Erlo, this is a very great loss.”

24395-christian-flagjpeg

Pastor Herbert F. Magwaza

“A great man of God.”

Ann Moore

Ann Moore & family

“A truly visionary and heroic man of God.”

Rev Antonio Manzambi

Rev Antonio Manzambi

“A great apostle has left us. May your good deeds follow you. Your teaching will remain alive in our hearts.”

Mkangeli Matomela

Mkangeli & Nosipho Matomela

“We are greatly honoured to have our own personal experience of this great humble servant of God who was full of love, joy, happiness and dedicated service to the Most High God and His kingdom family, national and international communities.”

Eugene & Nokulunga Mthiyane

Eugene & Nokulunga Mthiyane

“Uwile umuthi omkhulu. Siyambonga uNkulunkulu ngenkonzo yaleliqhawe lenkolo yobuKristu asibusise ngalo phakathi kwethu iminyaka eminingi. Isizulu sithi ziyolala izinsizwa kusale izibongo.”

Layse Anglada

Layse Anglada

“Rev Erlo Stegen was invited to come to Brazil and he accepted the invitation and preached a powerful message in our town, Belem, at the Amazon region. We thank God for that special and wonderful occasion.”

24395-christian-flagjpeg

Gordon & Petra Houston-McMillan

“We thank God for a life well spent in His service.”