Mission & Vision
Many German-speaking people live in the greater Cape Town area. There are various groups:
Emigrants: people who are permanently living in South Africa. Some of them are married to South Africans and some of these are here already for several generations.
Experts: People working for Embassies, industries, NGO’s and schools. They are usually contracted for a certain period of time.
Pensioners: They usually live here either the whole year or during the local summer.
Tourists: people who come for a few weeks or months to enjoy the beauty of South Africa. There are also young people who come to work as volunteers for various institutions to gain experiences.
For all these people we would like to be a community, even though there are different expectations for everybody.
In these times of globalisation there is an ever growing number of people who want to experience living abroad for a few years. Very often they are accompanied by their families. Although open for new experiences the desire to be integrated is not so strong as they know that their time here is limited. This obviously also influences their religious practices as to pray in a foreign language is not so easy.
In this context the German-speaking pastoral care has a very special duty, as it will give these practising Christians a spiritual home. This in fact means that - like a Christian community in Germany – they can receive the sacraments, children can be baptised, receive First Holy Communion and Confirmation. The most important part however is that they can experience community life and that customs of their homeland will be kept.
People who live in another country would want to participate in the new culture of that country. Some choose a local partner and might therefore prefer closer relations to the local church. Quite a few however would want to celebrate their cultural origins and therefore prefer to be part of the German-speaking local community.