ContextFrom its earliest days, the Moravian Church has been characterized by missionary zeal. Moravian missionaries have travelled to the remotest corners of the earth to spread God's Word and be charitable to the poor and needy. MCF, the Moravian Church Foundation, is the organization that provides necessary financial funding to ensure charity to continue. This is achieved by participating in and supporting companies in numerous countries.
In the course of its existence, MCF has acquired a large number of companies in which it actively participates. These companies are not the inevitable result of a previous missionary mission. However, they definitely have a specific aim: 'conscientious entrepreneurship' with part of the profits being invested in projects initiated by the Moravians. Numerous goals are realized with MCF funding: theological training of ministers and other church officials, translation of books, building of schools, support for medical work etc.
Since 2004, all companies are transferred to the fully owned MCF-BE enterprise, that owns and governs MCF's assets.
Nowadays, it's easily to say that Church and business is a combination that might cause astonishment. But we at MCF are grateful that we have succeeded in accomplishing a harmonious unity between the two. Experience teaches us that this serves both religious and social purposes. The means available owing to trading results are placed at the disposal of the church and serve to finance, among other things, projects in developing countries. And this flawlessly brings us back to the old ideals and convictions of the first Brothers who embraced missionary work.
The Moravian Church, or Unitas Fratrum, is one of the oldest Reformational religious community. More than a century before the theses of Martin Luther were attached to the Wittenberg church door, the first signs of resistance against the then powerful Roman Catholic church were noticeable in Bohemia. » read more
An epoch of
persecution, oppression and disharmony followed; in the early history of the
Unitas Fratrum (officially established in 1457), there was general turmoil.
From Bohemia the brothers left for the neighboring country of Moravia. Under
the leadership of John Comenius, the educational reformer, many of the
Moravians left for the Netherlands in the 17th century. » read more
The Beginnings of Moravian Mission
The first tradesmen settled around Count Zinzendorf's castle in the adjacent hamlet of Bertelsdorf. The estate still exists and is under restoration. The community of settlers rapidly increased in number to more than a thousand brothers and sisters. They worked, helped each other and practiced their religion together. » read more