I hope that this email finds you in great health. I called your offices earlier on. I am moving from Johannesburg to Fish Hoek and I am looking for a messianic community to join. I have been studying the Torah a lot for the past two years and God has been speaking to me about learning more about Him but I wasn’t sure how and where and I was excited to discover that there is a messianic community in Fish Hoek. I wanted to find out if the community is racially diverse and English speaking. I originally come from Zimbabwe and have been a Seventh Day Adventist most of my life but the hunger I have had over the past five years has been to know Him more. I have been using the Chabad and Torah class websites to study the word and it’s been eye opening and the experience has been amazing. But I find myself isolated as there are no messianic communities in my area. Now that I am moving for a while to the Fish Hoek area I wanted to meet up with a family I can learn from and be part of the growing Messianic family.
Thanks for your email and your inquiry about our group. It will be a great honour for us to meet you and come to know you better, should you decide to visit us and/or attend our services. As a group we certainly are racially diverse and we try to accommodate English speaking visitors as much as possible. As a rule, though, our services are mainly in Afrikaans, with the exception of the first Shabbat each month, when our teachings are in English. This however, is not a hard and fast rule and whenever someone visits us that do not understand Afrikaans, we will switch over to English, for that particular meeting.
We see ourselves as a Messianic group that is trying to follow Scriptures as closely as possible. We also feel strongly about restoring the Names of the Father, Yahweh, and his Son, Y’shua, and as a rule we utilize the English translation known as “The Scriptures” and the Afrikaans translation known as “Woord en Getuienis” in our services. In both of these translations the Names and titles of the Father and the Son have been presented in a way that does not ignore the clear intent of the Torah, and the rest of the Word of Yahweh.
Please feel free to visit our website (www.elim.co.za) and/or contact me if you would like to find out more about what we are standing for. Also please know that we are not one of those groups with a greater measure of petty rules and rigid doctrines, than simple love, genuine hospitality, and an appreciation for sincere fellowship.
Looking forward to hearing from you again soon!