So many people have asked, “Why Church in Salt River?”
So, in case you haven’t heard, we moved! We had the privilege over the last year to meet in a primary school in Claremont, but the time has come for our church to relocate to Salt River. Several people have asked, “Why Church in Salt River, of all the places in Cape Town?” That is a very good question; one we hope to answer more fully below.
Cape Town is amazing and will shape the continental culture!
When we moved to Cape Town four years ago we knew it was a diverse and lively city that spoke to the culture of the continent. We believed then, and even more now, that Cape Town has a major role to play in reaching Africa. The vibrant arts, film, education, advocacy, social justice, non-profit work, music, health care, and technology set this city apart. Our desire is to see the church in the midst of each of these spheres, breathing life and hope into this city. Further, we want to see people who come to Cape Town to visit or study, from all across the world, set on fire for Jesus and sent back to their home countries filled with that passion.
We want to be right where Jesus would be, in the middle of everything!
In order to see these dreams realized, we recognized that we needed a space located where these worlds collide. A place where all races and socio-economic classes interact. A space that is accessible to students, yet in the middle of the media and technology scene. Salt River is at the crossroads of these spheres, a central point of convergence. It’s a place of both influence and poverty, old and new. Most importantly, it’s a place where world changers can be mobilized. Yet, also a space where some of the poorest in the world can be fed and clothed. We prayed for this place. Since we first arrived, we wanted to be positioned in a space that gives us local impact and enables us to make global disciples.
How we ended up in our new location.
For over a year we searched for places, and nothing seemed to feel right, including the Salt River location. Initially, we saw only what it wasn’t, rather than what it could be. As we began to pray further, God started breaking our hearts for the area and giving us greater vision for what He wants to do. In response to that, two passages came to mind confirming that this should be our new home.
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Rev. 22: 1-2
22 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
These passages describe exactly who we want to be! A place where people are thirsty for Jesus. Not just thirsty, but are open about the good news of Jesus. We want to be the church in all of its fullness right in the middle of our city. We also want to be a church that sees the life of God flowing out from us all across the earth. SALT RIVER! That’s who we are!
For those of you who have been with us a while, you know our desire is to be a diverse church of overcomers that loves Jesus, Cape Town, and making disciples. Being the church in Salt River is living out who God is calling us to be! Thanks for jumping in on the adventure. We can’t wait to see the exponential fruit God produces in and through our lives in this new location!