RSA-Durban
Contact Information
Office Contact:

Steven Young

Office Address:

P.O. Box 52197
Berea
Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal 4007
REP OF SOUTH AFRICA


Country Demographics

Capital:
Pretoria (administrative capital)

Population:
43,786,115

Languages:
IsiZulu 23.8%, IsiXhosa 17.6%, Afrikaans 13.3%, Sepedi 9.4%, English 8.2%, Setswana 8.2%, Sesotho 7.9%, Xitsonga 4.4%, other 7.2%

Religion:
Zion Christian 11.1%, Pentecostal/Charismatic 8.2%, Catholic 7.1%, Methodist 6.8%, Dutch Reformed 6.7%, Anglican 3.8%, Muslim 1.5%, other Christian 36%, other 2.3%, unspecified 1.4%, none 15.1%

Life Expectancy:
42.37 years

GDP per-capita:
$9,800

Of Interest:
South Africa's coast stretches more than 2,500 kilometres (1,550 mi) across the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. South Africa is one of only 17 countries worldwide considered Megadiverse. It has more than 20,000 different plants, about 10% of all the known species of plants on Earth. VGR has more offices in South Africa than in any other country in the world.

Location:
Southern Africa, at the southern tip of the continent of Africa

Office Staff

Steven Young

Office Manager

Manager History:

I was born into a Message believing family where the Message of the Hour was always present in our home.

I can recall attending Church Services when I was younger at a secondary school where a table was set up with Spoken Word books packed in rows. On our way out from classroom after the service, we would take one of each available sermon home with us.

I was privileged to have access to This Spiritual Food growing up, but it wasn’t until later in my life that I became aware of the Great Work that takes place behind the scenes in order to make This Spiritual Food available to believers around the world.

Even though the Message was readily available to me, I entered my teen years searching for my identity, thirsting for Something that I could not quench. I thank God for His Grace to me, and at the age of 21, I had an experience with the Lord Jesus that has changed me forever.

Now I can say,"And From That Time."

I was hired in January of 2009 and privileged to work with Brother Keith Herne at the VGR office in Cape Town. It is a privilege for me and I am so blessed to have the opportunity and the responsibility to help distribute the Material to believers in South Africa.

May God continue to Bless all those who have played a part in getting This Message to me and to everyone around the world. 


Brother Larry Moodley - Durban office assistant

I was born into a Hindu family and practiced the religion until, by the grace of the Lord, I married my wife who was of the Christian faith. The first generation of converts to the Christian faith had to endure great trails and tribulation from family members and were in most instances totally cut off. However, by the time I had married, the community had become more accommodating to hindu-christain marriages and thus I avoided the persecution that those before me had to suffer.

For several years after our marriage we fellowshipped in a few denominational churches and did not know that there were differences in doctrines, thinking all the time that every church was the same. Even when we visited a Message church, it still did not occur to me that there were any differences until one night, alone in prayer, something miraculous happened within. My life had changed in an instant and that was the start of my journey in this Message. The difference had since become very clear.

For many many years after that, during my lunch breaks, I would visit the Voice of God library which was, at the time, situated in a city building in the heart of Durban. I recall, on my very first visit to the Library, the late Bro Ronnie Pillay was on his knees sorting out the many Message cassettes that had just arrived and I immediately lent an helping hand. That started a long and joyous association with Bro Ronnie and the Voice of God Recordings.

I was subsequently, officially employed with VGR: Durban Office in August 2003, just after the first Open House that was held in Durban.

Since the passing away of Bro Ronnie, I’ve been joined by Bro Steven Young (Office Manager) and together with Bro Mahlon and Bro Ellie, we are privileged to be of service to the Bride of Jesus Christ in this area of the vineyard. My main role at the office at present is as Studio technician, responsible for recording the Messages in the different local languages, namely Zulu, Tshivenda and South Sotho. I am naturally privileged and honored for the opportunity to be associated with a work that is ordained of the Lord. I draw my inspiration in life from the following quote:

57-0821 HEBREWS CHAPTER ONE JEFFERSONVILLE IN

7 And now I come home just for a little rest. I lost twenty pounds, in this last meeting. And Brother Mercier and Brother Goad was up, a while ago, and said, "Brother Branham, I notice what you do. You put your whole heart into it."

8 I said, "That's the only way you can do a right kind of a job for the Lord, is put everything you got right to the forefront for Christ; all your strength, all your soul, all your heart, all your mind, everything that you got." When you're doing anything, do it right or don't do it at all, see, just leave it alone. You're going to be a Christian, put everything that you've got to Christ, that's, your time, your talent, your everything.

Brother Mahlon Jaiden Pillay

I am the son of the late Brother Ronnie Pillay. I was raised in the Message and have been taught from my youth to do that which is right, regardless of what life threw at me and to overcome any trials that stood in my way.

There were many glorious and wonderful things that I have experienced thus far, and I recall many wonderful stories that I heard from my dad about God, and the prophet that He has sent. He also shared with me, the wonderful work that the VGR has done and continues to do until this day.

In January 2013, my dad went home to be with the Lord. Not long after he passed on, I was approached by VGR to be a part of the work that my dad had dedicated his life to. On 10 June 2013, I started working at the VGR office in Durban, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience thus far.

When I began , within the first month of working at the office, I observed , analyzed & noticed that VGR is an establishment that prides itself on discipline and is dedicated to spreading the Message of the Hour. These fine qualities, which are the foundation of this institute, have been laid down years before I became a part of the team.

I appreciate the patience displayed by the senior staff that has been with VGR for a long time, in relation to newer staff. I, for one, can vouch for this!

My primary role at the office involves Line-Checking translated sermons of Gods prophet. I also assist with the stock intake, packaging and just the overall work that's needed to be done.

I am thankful for the honor that the Lord has given me to be a part of the great work that God is doing in this day and age.

God bless,

Brother Elijah Ewanzi

I grew up in a Christian home, and my dad was a chorus leader in the Lutheran church. In the 1994 I heard about Brother Branham for the first time, from my brother in-law, who was a believer, but we were not very close and he did not explain too much about the message.

Early in 1998, my cousin Justin Bokani paid our family a visit in Kinshasa. He came from the Limpoko village in the Equator Provence, where the Message of the Hour is prominent.

When he came, he introduced me to the brochures (message books) of the prophet. I was curious to find out more about these brochures, especially those between 1963 & 1965, because when my cousin visited us, he brought mainly books that were preached in those years.

I thank God that my cousin also prophesied that one day, I will also believe this Message! Later on in my life, I was seeking the Lord and attended different churches, among them Jehovah’s Witness, God is good and Mama Olangi – (a woman preacher from DRC).

None of this had satisfied the feeling that was in my heart, but God knew the desire of my heart all along.

Many years later, my cousin became a Deacon and arranged a public outreach campaign in our area for three days in 2007.

When they first started the meetings I didn’t go, but I felt in my heart that I need to be there, Because the place they had chosen to have their meeting was only 30meters from our house. The following day, the third day of their campaign, I was sitting in my home and I heard the believers singing.

The song they were singing was : “My friend don’t fear, God is here calling you to come” When I heard this song, I was touched in my heart and obeyed the call; It was that song that drew me to the campaign.

After the minister had finished preaching, he asked the audience how many people want to give their life to Jesus. I raised up my hand, and I was one of 189 people who accepted the Lord on that day.

After that they invited us to the congregation on Sunday, to be introduced to the church… We were only 5 people that Sunday!

And the pastor was very emotional; he said only 5 people out of 189?

I thank God that I was chosen by God, before the foundation of the world to believe this Message. A few months later, I was baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

May god bless you richly

Office History

The Library was initially opened in 1989 in a little 9 sq meter room in one of the city blocks (Salisbury Center) in Central Durban. Over the many years, the work steadily grew, which required moving into bigger offices. During a period of 16 years, we moved 6 times within the same building. However, there had to be one more move to complete the process. In 2005, Brother Joseph decided that it was time to purchase a building that would accommodate the ever-increasing workload and that would best serve the Bride of Jesus Christ in part of the world. Ironically, the building that we bought was owned by a company called “Junk Mail.” However, the Lord wanted the “Right Mail” to go from this place.

Since the initial opening of the VGR office in Durban, over 2500 people of all races and different denominations have been baptized. In the early days, many of them were either taken to the beach, the harbor, or the public pools to be baptized, until a pool was constructed within the office at Salisbury Center. From this center, the entire KwaZulu Natal region is being serviced. In spite of the extent of the area that needs to be catered to, there has never been a shortage of material. Within this region, there are close to 100 churches. The work here in Durban is all the more significant in light of the Glorious Meetings conducted in here in 1951 at the Greyville racecourse. We appreciate the continued commitment by VGR to the spiritual upliftment of the believers in this area and around the world.