Since the Ottawa Consultation in 1982, the relationship between the Nederduitsch Hervormde
Kerk van Afrika (NHKA) and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) was nonexistent.
In the NHKA it became progressively clear that it would be impossible to travel
the road of faith alone. This article examined the factors which contributed to the growing
isolation of the NHKA, especially nationalism, a particularistic ecclesiology and the rejection
of Apartheid by international ecumenical bodies. It also reflected on efforts of the NHKA to
return to the international ecumenical movement.