Persecution veterans to talk in SA

Persecution mission veterans Dr Nik and Ruth Ripken* will conduct a one-day ‘Servants in the Crucible’ seminar in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town in September.

The Ripkens, who are being hosted in South Africa by Open Doors, have interviewed approximately 600 believers who live courageously in persecuted environments in 72 countries. They began their global pilgrimage after their teenage son died due to an asthma attack in 1997 when they were serving in Somalia. The goal in their travels was to recapture a Biblical missiology of witnessing and house church planting within environments of persecution and martyrdom.

Nik and Ruth, who are currently based in the Middle East, say that the believers they met on their pilgrimage courageously shared with them how to thrive in persecution; more than just survive. The couple has published a number of articles and books related to faith in persecution.

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The ‘Servants in the Crucible’ seminar schedule is:

Date:     7 September
Venue:  Hatfield Christian Church
                Kopanong Hall
                551 General Louis Botha
              Waterkloof Glen, Pretoria
Time:     9:00 – 15:00

Date:    11 September
Venue:  Bryanston Bible Church
               9 Saint James Crescent
              Bryanston, Johannesburg
Time:    9:00 – 15:00

Date:    13th September
Venue:  Christ Church Umhlanga
                57 Hambridge Avenue
                Somerset Park, Umhlanga
Time:     9:00 – 15:00

Cape Town:
Date:    14th September
Venue:  His People Goodwood
               Minor Hall
               Cnr of Joe Hattingh and Solly Smiedt Roads, N1 City
Time:     9:00 – 15:00

The seminar sessions are free. Lunch will be sold at the venues. People planning to attend are requested to confirm their attendance by calling Carina at 011 792 62 78, or the Open Doors office at 011 888 9341 or by emailing

* Not their real names

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