During the mid 1990's some students from Malawi and Mozambique came to a Bible School in the Waterfall area near Durban in KwaZulu-Natal to be trained in theology.  The Bible School encouraged the students to find fellowship in the local area and two of them, MacHendricks and Peter, found their way to the Hillcrest Assembly.  Here a friendship developed between them and Rupert Freese as they served the Lord together.
MacHendricks and Peter returned to Malawi in December 1996 and in February 1997 they invited Rupert to come and visit and share in the ministry of God's Word.  This in turn resulted in the first missionary journey being undertaken in April 1997 with 3 brothers from South Africa traveling through Zimbabwe to Mozambique and on to Malawi.

The normal procedure for missionaries in Africa is that they bring in a team, spend a lot of money, buy property and build an assembly hall.  The approach of the brethren from South Africa was vastly different.  From the beginning the emphasis was simply on the Word of God.  The ministry emphasized the need to be "born again" - church membership does not bring anyone to salvation - only the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation.  Jesus died for the sins of men, was buried and rose again from the dead.  This message, received by faith, brings men and women into a true experience of becoming the sons of the living God.

Those who were genuinely seeking soon drew near while many fell by the way, including the original two, but over the years a core of believers rose up to stand on the sure foundation of the Principles of the Doctrine of Christ as recorded in Hebrews 6.