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Zion Christian Church, Moria

A Blog Post by Ivan Muller

This past Easter weekend I braved the traffic to the north to spend the weekend with old friends at Ebenezer dam in Magoebaskloof.

The reason for the traffic is because the ZCC (Zion Christian Church) has their annual Easter get together at Moria, north of Polokwane.

This is no ordinary get together because they have millions of people living at Moria over the Easter period. In 2007 there were apparently over 3million people gathered there over the Easter long weekend!

My friend has a pilots license and on Sunday morning asked me if I would like to fly with him to Mokopane to drop off his daughter. Mokopane is about an hour and a bit drive from Magoebaskloof but with roadworks and the millions at Moria, flying seemed a good idea.

I took my camera with and Moria being on our route managed to get a few photographs. I had to shoot through the windows and was a bit sceptical about the image quality but in the end I was quite surprised at how good the images turned out.

I used an ISO setting of 800 to 1600 to ensure everything would be sharp and that the movement and speed of the plane would not affect the image quality negatively. My lens, a 24-105 zoom's aperture was set at f8 and most of the images were made at the 105mm focal length mark.

The masses of people, cars, buses and tents was amazing and I had never seen anything like this before. Of course flying over all of this my concentration was just to frame and make exposures. Only afterwards looking at the images enlarged to 100% on my monitor could I take it all in....

I don't claim these images to have much artistic merit but I enjoyed looking at them and zooming in on the detail...

I suppose this is one of the great annual mass events in the world and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to record some of it from the air...

I was also pleasantly surprised when we drove past Moria on the Tuesday after the long weekend, to see that the site had already been cleaned up...!

More info on the ZCC can be found here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zion_Christian_Church

regards, Ivan

Zion Christian Church, Moria
Zion Christian Church, Moria
Zion Christian Church, Moria
Zion Christian Church, Moria
Zion Christian Church, Moria
Zion Christian Church, Moria
Zion Christian Church, Moria
Created: Thu, 12/04/2012 - 18:24

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Thobela morena kgosi Ramarumo

Thobela morena kgosi Ramarumo

THE ZION Christian Church

THE ZION Christian Church (ZCC) is South Africa’s biggest Christian denomination, with more than 4 000 churches.
No up-to-date official figures of the number of ZCC followers is available, but sources put the ZCC membership as being between two million and six million people.
The founder of the ZCC was Engenas Barnabas Lekganyane who was born at Thabakgone in the Mamabolo area near Polokwane, in 1885. He had what was thought to be an eye disease.
His calling first came as a vision in 1910. While asleep, he heard a voice telling him that he would command lots of people.
The voice also told the founding father that he would find a cure for his eye ailment if he travelled to join a church that practised baptism through immersion in water.
He told his parents he had to go to Joburg. He left the Church of Scotland and joined the Zion Apostolic Church. Once he was baptised into this church, the eye ailment was healed.
Lekganyane returned home to Mamabolo as a missionary for the ZAC. Here he was ordained in 1918.
He married Salphina Rabodiba, The couple had five sons and a daughter.
Lekganyane joined the Zion Apostolic Faith Mission and in 1924 went to the mountain Thabakgone to pray. According to tradition he received instructions from God to establish a new church.
Lekganyan named the church the Zion Christian Church.
In 1940 he moved to near Boyne, about 30km east of Polokwane. The ZCC badge was introduced in 1928. He died in May 1948.
After his death there was a split in the church between Edward Engenas Lekganyane and Joseph Engenas Matlhakanje Lekganyane.
Edward eventually became the leader of the majority of ZCC followers. He developed Zion City Moria as headquarters of the church, and had the five-pointed Star of David with the letters ZCC added on the original badge.
In 1966 he completed a course for evangelists at the Dutch Reformed Church’s Stofberg Theological School at Turfloop in the Limpopo Province. He died suddenly of a heart attack at his home.
His son, Barnabas Lekganyane, succeeded him in 1967. Engenas Lekganyane, who now leads the Dove section – the Saint Engenas Zion Christian Church, succeeded the uncle, his father’s brother, Joseph.

Unless the history of this

Unless the history of this church is properly documented right from the founder until his death and the circumstances of the split nothing will reconcile. Everything about the church is based on hearsay and the true witness of the origin of the church depending on the side they are will tend to provide information that favors his/her side. Therefore let not history which we don't full information make us rivals because this is an institution that we as black people should pride ourself with, irrespective of our affiliation. By the way nice pictures Mr Muller, I hope you will help us uncover the truth about this church through your photography for it to occupy its rightful space in the world of nations. Ga e be kgotso.

This is where God resides,

This is where God resides, this is our church and we are so fortunate to be part of it

Kgomo, Leswika la thaba ya

Kgomo, Leswika la thaba ya Sione, agee

Bohlale bja mathomo kego

Bohlale bja mathomo kego tshaba MODIMO motho yo a rogang MODIMO ke setlaela MODIMO keo tee MASIONE kamoka ao a rapelang leineng la MOGALADI ENGENAS le tseleng ya kereke ya nnete ya ena MOGALALEDI wa yona kereke eo.Ke ena mong wa kereke ya sione yeo eleng e tee fela barapedi ba rapela leineng la mong wa kereke ya bona.

Kgotsong masione kamoka, I

Kgotsong masione kamoka, I qoute Bishop BE Lekganyane in Zimbabwe: 'Let me start by introducing myself to you. My name is Barnabas Edward Engenas Lekganyane. Ba bangwe le mpitsa mokgalabe. Ke mmina'kgomo. Ke Mohwaduba wa Mmaphaka'a Monare. I owe my existence to the holy mountains of Thabakgone, and the valleys of Thobolong. I drank from the streams that flow the holy river of Kwenane. I trace my roots from the sacred hills of Podungwane. I am a son ofMoria, the Holy City. Ke mosine. Ke re ke mosine. Le nkwe gabotse, ke re ke mosine. Indeed I am a grandson of Bishop Engenas Barnabas Lekganyane, Makgoka'a kgokolla. I am the son of Bishop Edward Engenas Lekganyane. Ba bangwe le mmitsa Monareng, yena kgomo le bona ke masione. Mminathoko ifeleng tsa Sione o re: mookamedi ya renang, o tseba se re se hlokang. Nka se hlalose go ya pele gore ke ra go reng. The God of Mount Zion knows no borders. The trip from Bullawayo Zimbabwe to Moria is not that long for him. Mangeloi a Sione ga sepele ka di passport a ka tlisa dimpho tsa lena le gona mo Zimbabwe ka ponyo ya leihlo. Modimo wa Sione o kwa bao ba ikokobetsang ka dithapelo gomme lena le se ke la mo hlalefela.

Kgotsong masione kamoka, I

Kgotsong masione kamoka, I qoute Bishop BE Lekganyane in Zimbabwe: 'Let me start by introducing myself to you. My name is Barnabas Edward Engenas Lekganyane. Ba bangwe le mpitsa mokgalabe. Ke mmina'kgomo. Ke Mohwaduba wa Mmaphaka'a Monare. I owe my existence to the holy mountains of Thabakgone, and the valleys of Thobolong. I drank from the streams that flow the holy river of Kwenane. I trace my roots from the sacred hills of Podungwane. I am a son ofMoria, the Holy City. Ke mosine. Ke re ke mosine. Le nkwe gabotse, ke re ke mosine. Indeed I am a grandson of Bishop Engenas Barnabas Lekganyane, Makgoka'a kgokolla. I am the son of Bishop Edward Engenas Lekganyane. Ba bangwe le mmitsa Monareng, yena kgomo le bona ke masione. Mminathoko difeleng tsa Sione o re: mookamedi ya renang, o tseba se re se hlokang. Nka se hlalose go ya pele gore ke ra go reng. The God of Mount Zion knows no borders. The trip from Bullawayo Zimbabwe to Moria is not that long for him. Mangeloi a Sione ga sepele ka di passport a ka tlisa dimpho tsa lena le gona mo Zimbabwe ka ponyo ya leihlo. Modimo wa Sione o kwa bao ba ikokobetsang ka dithapelo gomme lena le se ke la mo hlalefela.

Kgotsong masione kamoka, I

Kgotsong masione kamoka, I qoute Bishop BE Lekganyane in Zimbabwe: 'Let me start by introducing myself to you. My name is Barnabas Edward Engenas Lekganyane. Ba bangwe le mpitsa mokgalabe. Ke mmina'kgomo. Ke Mohwaduba wa Mmaphaka'a Monare. I owe my existence to the holy mountains of Thabakgone, and the valleys of Thobolong. I drank from the streams that flow the holy river of Kwenane. I trace my roots from the sacred hills of Podungwane. I am a son ofMoria, the Holy City. Ke mosine. Ke re ke mosine. Le nkwe gabotse, ke re ke mosine. Indeed I am a grandson of Bishop Engenas Barnabas Lekganyane, Makgoka'a kgokolla. I am the son of Bishop Edward Engenas Lekganyane. Ba bangwe le mmitsa Monareng, yena kgomo le bona ke masione. Mminathoko difeleng tsa Sione o re: mookamedi ya renang, o tseba se re se hlokang. Nka se hlalose go ya pele gore ke ra go reng. The God of Mount Zion knows no borders. The trip from Bullawayo Zimbabwe to Moria is not that long for him. Mangeloi a Sione ga sepele ka di passport a ka tlisa dimpho tsa lena le gona mo Zimbabwe ka ponyo ya leihlo. Modimo wa Sione o kwa bao ba ikokobetsang ka dithapelo gomme lena le se ke la mo hlalefela.

Peace unto to you all, In

Peace unto to you all, In just a week all roads will lead to our churches headquaters Motse Mokgethwa areyeng ka moka ko moshate. Peace!

Zion christain church is one

Zion christain church is one of the best church I ever I attend before and I like 2 advise people who stll strgleng outside stand up and go to zcc to get help please

Kgotsong ! Lebitso laka ke

Kgotsong !

Lebitso laka ke Refilwe Elizabeth Mokwebo.Ke belegelwa motseng wa Mamelodi ya Tshwane.Ka golela motseng wa Soshanguve.Ke rata Kereke ya SIONE ka moya waka kamoka, efela taba yeo ke sephiri saka ke le tee.Ke ile ka botsisa Mma gore keka lebaka la eng ge ke ekwa difela le ge nka kwa go binwa (MPOGO)ke thaba kudu kesare ke thabile ke utlwe botlhoko ka dilo tse di sa nkameng.Mma a seke a nkaraba.

Ke rile ge ke bona Tate waka yo a ntswalang ka humana taba ya gore Mma le Papa babe ba tsena kereke ye ge Mma a belega nna.

Bothata byaka bo bogolo ke ka tsela eo lefase le pentang KEREKE YA SIONE ka gona. Ga ke rate ebile ga ke sepedisane le batho ba go sotla KEREKE YA SIONE.

Ke be ke kgopela MERAPELO GORE LE NNA KE IPONE KE TSENA MORIA KE LEBOGA MODIMI WAKA.

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Aa wayaka monna! How many

Aa wayaka monna! How many members does St Engenas have? You like competing with your elder brothers! Just accept gore lena le ba bannyane, finish n klaar!

Ke efe yona eo? St Engenas?

Ke efe yona eo? St Engenas?

Who cares? Why don't you go

Who cares? Why don't you go and grow your own church? Le rata dilo tsa batho! Have you ever seen ZCC preachers on the streets trying to lure people into their church? Wake up and get a life man!

1924 is a date that is spread

1924 is a date that is spread by the St Engenas dissidents. Every bona fide ZCC member knows that our church was spiritually established in 1910. 1 Corinthians 14 says:

14 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. 2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue[a] does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. 3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. 5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues,[b] but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues,[c] unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.

6 Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction? 7 Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the pipe or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes? 8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? 9 So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air. 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. 11 If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and the speaker is a foreigner to me. 12 So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church.

13 For this reason the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. 15 So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. 16 Otherwise when you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an inquirer,[d] say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since they do not know what you are saying? 17 You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified.

18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.

20 Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults. 21 In the Law it is written:

“With other tongues
and through the lips of foreigners
I will speak to this people,
but even then they will not listen to me,
says the Lord.”

So it is not entirely surprising that some people still continue to stick to these lies of the ZCC having been established in 1924 because Corinthians tell us that spiritual things cannot be understood by carnal beings. I don't know maybe St Engenas was established in 1948; or so i thought not 1924. As for my church, i know for a fact that it was spiritually established in 1910. PERIOD!

Thu, 31/01/2013 - 22:59 —

Thu, 31/01/2013 - 22:59 — Anonymous

Wena o reng the other church has 9 million nd the other is 17 million how did u get that figures? Did u count them one by one? That is where u go wrong jo! If it is true that they are 17 million how big is ur land? Toilets and water taps do they cover them? Do u know what a million is? Does the sound system cover them all? Is there enough parking? Get ur facts straight jo.

I TOTALLY DISAGREE WITH WHOEVER SAID THAT ST ENGENAS HAS 9 MILLION MEMBERS. I THINK THAT PERSON WAS GIVING YOU TOO MUCH CREDIT FOR NOTHING. ELE GORE LE BA TSAA KAE RONA RE SA NKE RE BA BONA BATHO BAO. AS FOR OTHER FIGURES, FOR YOUR OWN INFORMATION, EVERY NEWLY BAPTISED MEMBER IS RECORDED ON THE BOOKS AND GIVEN A MEMBERSHIP NUMBER. ABOUT TOILETS, PA SYSTEMS, WATER, ETC; IS SAY "ROFTL" OR "LOL!" TLOGELANG GO IPHITLHA KA MONWANA! THE TRUTH IS THERE FOR EVERYBODY TO SEE, ESPECIALLY YOU OUR NEIGHBOURS WHO ARE ALWAYS FLOCKING TO OUR SIDE, LE RE PITLAGANYA!

Mon, 04/02/2013 - 13:38 —

Mon, 04/02/2013 - 13:38 — Anonymous

Fact ZCC of Engenas was founded in 1924 and ZCC founded on 12 June 1949. 1910 is a fabrication!

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Ke tsone dilo tsele neng le di bolellwa ke serutegi sa lona, the so-called Professor Lukhaimane gore ZCC was formed in 1924. well, obe a bolela maaka! Ya rena e theilwe ka 1910, ya lena le Professor Lukhaimane ka 1924! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sat, 16/02/2013 - 11:41 —

Sat, 16/02/2013 - 11:41 — Anonymous

You ZCC (Star and Dove) people are like clowns you are arguing about petty things, no wonder people undermine you. Y are you always comparing your churches? The fact of the matter is that they are different everyone can see. As for the history logic fails to dictate those who are saying 1910, where was it based in 1910 and why did the founder go to other churches like ZFM whereas he is having his own church and lastly the book of history u refering to who wrote it and why is not make public for clarity sake.Stop wasting time with stupid argument.
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The problem with stupid morons and nonentities like yourself is that you honestly believe in your wildest dreams that you are best thing that has ever happened to this world since sliced bread. You dream of being a better genious than Albert Einstein. Look moron, if at all you are not an atheist and you know what a Holy Bible is; then read 1 Corinthians 14 to get the spiritual significance of the 1910 date. Fools like you, together with your friends on the eastern side of the holy rock, will never understand these things. Our spiritual leader mentioned in the ZCC Messesnger of December 1988 that there are two types of Christians: Carnal Christians and Spiritual Christians. They are both childeren of the Mighty God, Jehova, but they do not see things the same way, simply because the others have been blessed with spiritual gifts to unravel complicated situations and circumstances, whereas the others do not have that communion (kgwerano) with the Almighty.

Kgotsong, if ZCC is a

Kgotsong, if ZCC is a spiritual church then we all agree that spiritully it was founded 1910 which means God himself founded it 1910. Sione ke kereke ya Siomoya. 1910 is correct! Amen

You are failing to follow

You are failing to follow logic you FOOL. It is simple if it is founded in 1910 you have to state it is the spiritualy founded in 1910! If U say 1910 it was existing u must tell us where was it based on which month and day and why did the founder have to leave his church *("the 1910") and attend the ZAF and ZFM in Lesotho STUPID founding that was regarded by the so called ZCC elders. I still maitain that that 1910 is a spiritual founding not Physical founding, after all the place that the ZCC occupied still falls under the small church. Remember the Tiltle Deed of the ZCC is still with the Small Church (U can go to any Deed Registry Office in South Africa for help and clarity on this matter) for your information. ASK YOUR BISHOP WHO CLAIMS TO BE SEND BY GOD.I should also bring to your attention that both the fathers of the CURRENT BISHOPs (ZCC STAR and ZCC DOVE) ARE NOT FROM THE SAME MOTHER!josephs mother was the first wife and (Reuben Talane - real/birth name) a.k.a Edward Engenas was the first born from the second wife. Look for knowledge you shall find IT.

ZCC is just a devil

ZCC is just a devil worshippping church. Where on earth have you seen people prying for other to die! U r LOST people.

The government must do the

The government must do the official audit of church members like in Botswana.This lies of 9 and 17 millions will stop.

Hi people Happy Easter.

Hi people Happy Easter. Dintwa a di patele. Jesu ke Morena eseng Lekganyane.U fighting over stupud things. I think you should invite both your bishops on this site, i dont know whether they know how to use a computer to explain. O mong le omong ka bona o lwela kereke ya gae. When U go to that filthy place where they RAPE and call it a 'holy place' pass dis message to your bishop. By the way sinced they have RAPED few weeks back, is the place holy again?

Pastor Chris, Lekganyane,

Pastor Chris, Lekganyane, Mboro, Pastor Musa, Ray "charma boy" McCaurley are THUGS, they are sitting on top of billions.

I dont recall at any given

I dont recall at any given moment in time His Holiness Engenas saying we are compiting or we should compete. But i recall him saying that only time will tell as to whether He has been send by GOd or NOT. Calling HIS church a church of dissidents is total lack of respect. I am still having the DVD of the SABC interview with VUYO and the BISHOP! We should also not forget that when the church split Joseph was only left with 6000 member compared to 80000 that followed Reuben Talane( Edward Engenas). The story of a Mozambiqean man who was send by God from his country to to show them ( the Lekganyane family)about who should lead the church it is also need to be told. When the founder propheyised that after his his death the church will be split NONE of the people belived him. he also said towards the END the Small will swallow the Big river. Should we also be like the past generation who chose not to believe in this prophesy that one day they will be ONE?

I urge all the member of ST

I urge all the member of ST Engenas to refrain about speaking of the church and its Master respectfully. Please STOP IT! Please People!

We all know that Barnabas ga

We all know that Barnabas ga a na Nnnete, he once prophesised that Bafana Bafana will win the World Cup in 2010! Flying Pigs!

I dont care what they say

I dont care what they say about Engenas the fact is His father Joseph was nearly stoned to death by the Mokhukhu people in 11 Putco Buses! They also stole his car! I dont trust those people with their 1910 story. That's How They Stole the Church! Any one with the story of a man from Mozambique? I want to hear what happened.

I heard that camera phone are

I heard that camera phone are not allowed. WHAT R U EXCATLY HIDING. THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT PRAYING GOD. SOMETHING IS FISHY.

Yes you are right I also dont

Yes you are right I also dont believe he has been send by GOD, at TRC he onece demand that Death Penalty should be reinstated to curb crime, isn''t his job not to ask God for people to repent? How can a man of God say such a thing? He once thanked the apartheid government for leading the peolple in the 'right way'. He also supported the aprtheid homeland policy Never trust Barnabas. Apartheid Stooge!

Kgotsong kamoka, If you re

Kgotsong kamoka, If you re spiritually active then you will know who Barnabas Edward Lekganyane is but if you are not then you wont know him. Pecae!

alleluya bana ba papa

alleluya bana ba papa

this zion tht is written in

this zion tht is written in the bible.....psalm 2

ditshaba tsa lefase kao fela

ditshaba tsa lefase kao fela di tlatla sion, bjale ye ke nako.

kgotsong, people talk bad

kgotsong, people talk bad about our church but when they have problems they come to the church for help. I just dont understAnd Them. Anyway, I Was like Them and now ke thotsi phomolo ko Papa Bishop Lekganyane.

reyaleboha modimo wa engenas

reyaleboha modimo wa engenas ka kereke,frm tom nyareli

If you are a true member of

If you are a true member of the church you will stop discussing about it with those people who claim to no a lot about the church.

zcc is the biggest church in

zcc is the biggest church in the whole world in followers. Amen

ko moria ke le haye larona.

ko moria ke le haye larona. lamarumo kgoshi yaka, papa ure tswarele milatu senatla sabophilo.....sione weeeee kgotso ayete ho bana bamo rena

anonymous,every church in

anonymous,every church in christiondom claims that God is with them,God is not with any church,it is rather with the people who are rightious.

WA TSEBA, GADI BA LOME DIMPYA

WA TSEBA, GADI BA LOME DIMPYA BATLE BA TSHABELE SIONE, GA MAMABOLO THABAKGONE.

Kgotsong Masione a ho

Kgotsong Masione a ho halalela le batho bohle who are not masione, I am Mpho Ramatsebe ke Mosione kare ke mosione ka botlalo. With all da respect I am humbly asking for u to respect our churh by stoping to comment whether good or bad ka kereke ya NTATE LEKGANYANE Z.C.C please keya kopa. I know u all have freedom of speech by talking what u like but rights are accomplished by 1's responsibility, so please respect and stop violating our rights and privacy by discussing our. Everyone attends his/her own choice of church and u all wanna be respected not judged as we all praying 1 God. AS we are all sons and daugthers of God lets please respect A\all churches in the world by respecting their dignities please. STOP COMMENTING KA ZCC WE DONT NEED THAT, IT DOESNT KILL US BUT MAKES US STRONGER SO I URGE MASIONE KAO FELA PLZ STAY OUT OF THIS EVIL CHATS ABOUT CHURHES OR RELIGION INCLUDING LE LONA SOCIETY. LETS MIND OUR OWN BUSINESSES AND FOCUS ON IMPROVINGN OUR LIVES(FUTURES) INSTEAD OF CRITICISING PEOPLE ARE PRAYING. KEA LEBOHA 4RM MPHO AND ALL REAL Z.C.C MEMBERS, KE KGOTSO MODIMO ALE ETSE HANTLE LE BONE LESEDI LA GAE 1 DAY!! IN LIFE JUDGE LESS AND LEARN MORE, AMEN.

kgptsong im proudly a zcc

kgptsong

im proudly a zcc member

kgptsong im proudly a zcc

kgptsong

im proudly a zcc member

Kgotsong Bana ba Kgomo...Ge

Kgotsong Bana ba Kgomo...Ge nka be e se Wena KGOMO ,nkabe re le mabitla,REAGO LEBOGA MOHWADUBA MMAPHAKA MONARE,re re THOBELA MORENA.....SIONE WEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MOLELOKO
JOYCE RAMAESELE LEKGAU
FROM DITHABANENG GAMPHAHLELE

I dont know where you get

I dont know where you get your statistics from, but thats definitley a lie. you can make a half of the population on our country. Get your facts straight and please dont put assumsions here. I pray that you be saved and stop following worthless religion that will put you in hell at the end of your life. Repent and accept Jesus of Nazareth as Lord and Savior of your life. The is no other was to go to haven except throught Jesus. All those millions of follwers will go to hell of the dont repent and take salvation. What a waste of time and efforts, going to church every Sunday and spending your time at Moria on Good Fridays thinking that you are doing it for God only to find out you are a wood of hell.

MLUNGU IN MORIA: joining

MLUNGU IN MORIA: joining THREE MILLION on the ZCC Easter pilgrimage

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Blessed leader: With St Engenas on Sunday at Moria

THE fabled road to Moria, on any given Good Friday, is not to be trifled with. Off the nation-long N1 at Polokwane and up towards the mountains on the R71, you are greeted with 100,000 buses in an iron-human ribbon headed stoically towards the gates of their vast Zion.

The journey is littered with those who struggle to make it. Breakdowns, crashes, toll plaza jams. But no impatience, no anger… just a vast horde of largely uniformed men and women quietly determined to be there for their Bishop at Boyne in Limpopo.

Khaki army: Inside one of the buses
On the road, they sing, dance and sell mashuda, long, noisy ribbons to supplement the dancing.I clambered on a couple of buses while they were stopped, waiting to get past a crash not two miles from the twin gates of Moria.

The buses are largely gender specific. On the women’s charabanc, noise and children among the blue-and-white and the green-and-yellow congregants. The men sit in serried ranks, with the ubiquitous ZCC hats, khaki suits and white shoes. One long row of smiles.

Iron-human ribbon: buses on the R72 to Moria
Both are equally welcoming. Ready to talk anything from Nkosi to Amakhosi, unholy kids to holy tea. Eager to reach their destination but prepared to wait… and wait… while talking to the mad mlungu in a Kaizer Chiefs t-shirt some recognise from eTV Sunrise.

At the end of their long road they are faced with a choice. The Dove or the Star. Founded in 1910 as a breakaway from the Scottish Free Church by Engenas Lekganyane, there are now two branches of the ZCC, with a combined congregation of around EIGHT million in a nation of 55 million.

First you come across the Star, led by Engenas’s grand-son Barnabas. Then, under a bigger, more elaborate gate, there’s the Dove sect, inspired by another grand-son, St Engenas. Insiders suggest the Star congregation is largely urban while the Doves are more rural, and draw many from neighbouring nations.

As an estimated three million people set up camp within the property of around 12 square kilometres; I expected chaos. I have seen Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight when huge concerts are held. It’s a matter of grabbing a site for your tent and a place to do your business. Disease and pollution are rampant, so is theft and beer.

On camera: the nerve centre at Moria
Not at Zion City, Moria, Boyne. Here, there is a natural order. People slip quietly in to position. Dozens of church workers are on hand to advise, guide, help. Across acres of barren veld, camps are formed, groups gather, locals stick together to sing and dance… and pray.

It took me, an mlungu (white) who grew up from the age of 10 protected by a ZCC vicar called the Reverend James “Smart” Sibanda, quite a while to take in the enormity of the organisation. If you learn one line, it’s “KGOTSONG A E BE LE LENA” (or the shorter “KGOTSO E BE LE LENA”) it means "peace be with you" and will earn access all areas.

We are gathered here today: the blue-and-white crowd
The colours are vital. Green and yellow is for the 'seaparo se segolo' (the majority, means the respectful uniform, adults only), blue and white for 'khwaere ya bomme' (choir of women), who take pride of place at the big ceremonies. Maroon and white belongs to those who help the church.And everywhere, the army of men in hats and khaki, keeping the peace, guiding the Easter campers through the food shops and latrines in a campsite five kilometres long, speckled by loudspeakers and huge video screens.

At the gate, given my pale visage, I become a focal point. Video cameras follow my every move. Photographers save my image. I’m taken in to a plush gate house, my picture is taken for the umpteenth time and I give me name, address and religion (Methodist) before a vicar sprinkles me with holy water before I take a nervous sip.

By Easter Sunday, when Saint Engenas emerged in a Rolls Royce Phantom with eponymous number plates to give his long-awaited sermon, I had not seen a single incident of violence or theft. None of the smell of sewerage or garbage I expected. Amid the millions, peace and contentment – and plenty of dancing – reigned in the blazing African heat.

Phantastic Phnatom: St Engenas's Rolls Royce
Dancing? The spelling may not be perfect, but I’m told it’s mkhuku for men, dancing and jumping, a more demure chanting, clapping choir for women. Mphoho happens when everyone gets together to clap and get “taken by the spirit”. At midnight, every night, mphoho breaks out noisily, the camp comes alive, nirvana for three million at Zion City.

Like his father before him, St Engenas’s son drove the Roller. There is a collection of huge black limousines over the mountain at the Bishop’s home, including two Mercedes and older American Cadillacs. This is the only obvious sign of wealth on offer, though the VIP lunch lacks little.

The assembled masses go crazy. Surprisingly, the pre-sermon is given in Afrikaans by a high-pitched white man who even uses the old-fashioned term “Transvaal” for the Gauteng province. Not a murmur. Every word of every service in both Dove and Star camps is translated from the original Pedi in to English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Tsonga.

Such translations are not helpful for the flow of the message. But St Engenas has them hanging on his every word. I keep my eyes tight shut during the prayers, on advice from Twitterers concerned about my blessing levels.

In the middle of his lesson, which starts with Noah and ends with modern, troubled South Africa, a lady in blue-and-white is dragged out screaming: “taken by the spirit” the Bishop’s wife assures me.Occasionally the frantic women in the front unleash a volley of cackling between the gentler hum of “amen”; again the spirit is to blame.

Khaki kerb stones: holding back the blue-and-white worshippers
About five metres from me, St Engenas – having ruled out talk of politics from his glass-fronted podium with Julius Malema looking on - talks of respect, crime, “looking out for our women” and “the pain of stealing”. He is no wild-eyed evangelist. No Billy Graham. Just a calm, authoritative man offering wisdom in a church where ancient African ancestors meet missionary Christianity.

During the Apartheid years, the ZCC was seen by some as counter-revolutionary but here the millions might be a quiet revolution waiting to happen. Waiting to assert their calm over a turbulent Rainbow Nation. During his speech, unexpectedly, St Engenas turns around and gives me a huge smile and thumbs up.

Deep in Moria: crowds lined the Bishop's route
Afterwards, with the crowd going utterly bonkers, he grabs my hand in his white glove. He wears an
almost ridiculous uniform, black with lashings of gold braid, the very model of a modern major general. The family have always worn military uniform, it’s expected.

He says: “So glad to have you here, I hope you enjoy it, watch this…” and I am waved to a golf buggy with Jacques, the manager of the Magoebaskloof Hotel up the road. We are the only two white men in sight, apart from the crew who run the broadcast facility and a photographer with a fantastic Boer beard.

St Engenas takes up his mace and performs his ritual role as drum major to his ear-bashing brass band. And we surge straight in to the crowd, where a road with khaki-clad men as kerb-stones has been steam-rollered through the throng.

Drum major: the Bishop leads
Just for a second, chaos threatens. The young women in blue and white, eyes glazed, surge forward to meet their Bishop. I’ve seen crowd trouble in Umlazi and Soweto, Paris and London… but nothing like this. The road is eroded, the women reach out, inches from their prophet, their link with God.Somehow the thin Khaki line holds. The Bishop doesn’t falter. Like the Titanic, the band plays on. Loudly. They have two marching songs, they beat still through my slumbers.

We are through the blue-and-white to the gentler green-and-gold ranks. The noise remains deafening. When Kathy Simpson won gold at the Sydney Olympics I thought my ear-drums would burst. When Jonny Wilkinson’s drop goal won the Rugby World Cup, a wall of noise assailed me. Now, I can hear nothing. For an hour afterwards my ears were ringing.

St Engenas twirls his mace with some skill. This is his time. For a good half-hour, we soldier on through the masses, past “Food Shop Number 5”, past the kiosks selling holy coffee and tea, past the endless buses, with human barriers holding back the thousands eager to see their spiritual leader. I have been on Arsenal victory parades, Olympic marches, Buckingham Palace Garden Parties. Nothing like this. Never.

Star on the hillside: Moria, Boyne, Limpopo
I look at the crowds lining the route. From tiny tots to wise old men. I catch their wild enthusiasm, high five the jumping teenagers, revel in being an obvious visitor experiencing something quite phenomenal. Unique.

And finally, unscathed, we emerge from the masses and retreat to a room upstairs in the pavilion. Outside, the crowds gather to witness one last glimpse of their bishop. Inside, St Engenas works the room, flanked by pictures of his meetings with Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma, who came last year but, perhaps significantly, wasn’t present this year.

The Bishop pumps my hand again: “Did you enjoy that? Will you come again?” He tells how he has bought “the Van Der Walt farm” over the road. How he received a prize bull as a birthday present: “And he can do the job, this bull, he has 15 cows to service!” Booming laugh. In 1996, 40 percent of black South Africans were reported to be members of the ZCC.

St Engenas moves smoothly between languages. An old white man explains how he used to serve the family at the KFC in Polokwane in the 70s, how they were always “fine people, the best”. Local politicians jostle for position. The sound and vision guy, a Greek chap who has been involved since 1998, explains how the Dove is growing.

Patrice Motsepe’s ARM directors are there, talking easily with MEPs. Of Malema, since the speech, there has been no sign. One man takes me aside. He tells me the prophecy: “One day the Dove and the Star will be reunited again. Soon. And the numbers will be incredible. We grow every year. The new farm will be for parking. We will transport the people, we get bigger every year.”

Outside, tractors pull huge green-and-yellow trailers around the site. An aerial picture on the wall shows the full extent of what we are involved in. Millions of people, thousands of buses, cars and tents, stretching for miles around.

It's late. Armoured cars filled with cash move slowly through the crowd. The financial implications of eight million-plus members doesn’t need to be spelled out. I didn’t see a single collection plate but the money offered is carefully ploughed back in to the church. It doesn’t get squandered. Corruption is a c-word here.

The Bishop is back. “Take a picture,” he beams, “You will be back. I know this. Do you need a police escort to get home? I can sort that out.”

The new garage on road to Moria: no Total Nobody's in sight
And he did. A blue and white light leads us through the throng still awaiting a final appearance. We pass the first garage beyond the gates. It’s new. It’s called “Total Nobody” in honour of a local dignitary who called himself “Nobody” to avoid an ancient curse. But here, nobody is a total nobody. All have their place in the vast ZCC scheme of things.

The drive home is terrifying. Breakdowns litter the route. The N1 tolls are heaving. Cars and buses occupy oncoming lanes. For two hours we wait, while the pilgrims, tireless, sing and dance in the buses. Home exhausted. The dominant thought: Everyone should do this, at least once.

Somewhere in the real world, Zuma is preparing to bury 13 SANDF soldiers, Arsenal won, Orlando Pirates drew, Andile Jali remains an enigma. The world goes on. Until September, when the ZCC millions gather once more.

I can’t wait. St Engenas for President anybody?

KEREKE YA SIONE ENA LE

KEREKE YA SIONE ENA LE BOPHELO.GA KE MOSIONE EMPA FELA KE BONE BOGOLO BAONE GE BA MPOROFETA KA BOPHELO BA KA,TSOTHLE TSE BA MPOROFETILENG KA TSONE KE BO NNETE BO BO TSENELETSENG TOTA.
KE LE BOGA KEREKE YA SIONE KA LENGWE LA MATSATSI KE TLA BO KE NA LELONA KO MORIA KE BINA KOSA LE MOKHUKHU.

God forgive you for what you

God forgive you for what you said maybe you stading in the line to go to hell you not holy
you just a human being like this zionist you think they gonna go to hell
what i dont like about this people who accept Jesus of Nazareth they dont know where they stand example look at all this tents but zion christian church is being there for
100 years get a life Bazalwane aba critisize what kind of mzalwane you critisizing other churches .what is wood of hell go get a life go and wash your dirty mouth.

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