oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Die Duitse "Hulfsvereine" en die Berlynse Sendinggenootskap in die Klein Karoo en Suid-Kaapland
After the founding of the Berlin Missionary Society in Germany in 1824, numerous organisations were established to materially support the missionaries and the newly established congregations abroad. This tradition was carried over to South Africa where similar mission support groups were established through which the coloured and black members of the church collected money for use by the headquarters in Berlin as well as by other poorer congregations in South Africa. Donations of school equipment allowed the missionaries to establish more schools in the rural areas which helped to increase literacy among the coloured population. Articles sent to South Africa were sold at the mission shops and annual church bazaars and assisted the congregations in becoming financially independent. Donations of brass music instruments and Nativity figurines contributed to a new culture around the celebration of Christmas in the region.
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