Voice of Prophecy

The VOP Bible Correspondence School is to share the gospel of God’s love to every nation and kindred and tongue and people in Southern Africa by means of the Bible Correspondence Lessons and by showing kindness to those in need as Jesus did.
We are a unique multilingual institution, carrying the gospel to any person within reach of a postal system or internet access, and bringing the joy of salvation to men, women and children in every city, town and village. We enjoy the confidence and co-operation of churches. We want to be the leading soul-winning institution in Southern Africa, nurturing our students and preparing them for Christ’s Second Coming.
Our Bible School has been nestled at the foot of Table Mountain for more than 60 years. We are one of over 140 similar Bible Schools around the world.
It was in 1926 that H.M.S. Richards, an evangelist from California, U.S.A. had the idea to broadcast his lectures over the radio. Pastor Richards had a particular interest in Biblical Prophecies so he called his radio broadcast “The Voice of Prophecy.” People were so interested that they wrote in by the thousands to ask for copies of the lectures. He then wrote them into a series of lessons with the Bible as a textbook and added quiz sheets for the “students” to fill in. His first office, where he was helped by a part-time secretary, was a hencoop in the back yard of a house. A certificate was given when the course was completed. Soon the Voice of Prophecy became a strong evangelistic organization.
In 1943, E.L. Cardey, pictured right, at that time a pastor-evangelist in Cape Town, inspired by Richards’ success, began a similar venture in the “mother-city” of South Africa. Because the radio was not available to him, Pastor Cardey placed advertisements in the newspaper offering a series of 24 lessons to any who applied for them. To their surprise they received thirty thousand applications in the first year! Today, over 60 years later, we have many, many active students. We receive letters from our students saying how much the lessons have meant to them, and many prayer requests come in every day. It is always inspiring to pray for others.
We offer courses of 22 to 30 lessons each in Afrikaans, English, French, German, Portuguese, Sotho, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu. A children’s course, aimed at children between the ages of 9-13 is also offered (only English).  The courses do not carry academic credit, but are designed to deepen one’s faith and to give hope for the future and also to bring one to full surrender and commitment to Jesus Christ through the perspective of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
A certificate is given at the completion of each course. The courses are open to people of all religious persuasions free of charge. Donation requests (e.g. towards postage) are sometimes made, but these are entirely voluntary.