Compassionate Care for African Orphans

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
—James 1:27

TEAMS 2019

Serving at Bethesda is a great place to gain practical experience in orphan care either as an individual or as a team.  We want to be a part of your next step in learning about orphan care and ways you can help children both here as well as in your local community.

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Serving Christ at Bethesda Outreach is the perfect place to gain some experience in ministry, to fill a gap year, or bring a team of people for a few weeks. Click here to learn more about how your involvement can make a difference in an orphan’s life.

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Learn more about our families, children and ministry through our blogs. Click here to view more blog topics and news on the latest events.

The latest from Bethesda

JCA – The Importance of Guiding Students in the Discovery of Truth

South Africa has a great diversity of religions and the constitution states that all people have the right to freedom of religion and belief. The constitution also states that people have the right to establish independent educational institutions, which provides room...

September 2018 Child of the Month B. M.

B has been growing and changing in so many positive ways! We are so thankful for the way God has been working to transform her life. Over the last year, B has made a profession of faith and the change in her actions and attitudes has been evident. B is involved in her...

We Found Hidden Treasure!

If you haven’t heard of Hidden Treasure, look them up on their website!  Hidden Treasure is an international ministry/charity shop whose purpose is to minister to those who shop there by providing low cost, gently used items, as well as to raise funds for a number of...

August 2018 Child of the Month – T. M.

T is a young man who enjoys a variety of activities such as singing, baking and helping with the chores (most of the time).  He is normally a joyful person ready with lots of jokes. He is good at art and enjoys friendly dogs. In general, he is not a fan of school or...

July 2018 Child of the Month – G. M.

G is a sweet young lady who is quickly growing into a beautiful woman—both inside and out. She is very comfortable in the kitchen and really likes to cook, just like her older brother. She is not afraid to try new recipes or cook when people come in for a visit. She...

From 8 to 18

One of my first and most lasting memories of Bethesda was getting to celebrate RM’s 8th birthday with him and his family in August of 2008. It is hard for me to comprehend that this was a decade ago! Five years later my family and I moved to South Africa to serve with...

What I Learned at CAFO 2018

Don Stoffel is a long-time friend and board member at Bethesda Outreach. He and his wife, Fran have come from New York State to Bethesda and given of their time and abilities to benefit Bethesda for several months each year. They have encouraged many in their local...

Bethesda Outreach JCA Hall Project Update

Many of our partnering churches and individuals have prayed and participated in our 2017 Christmas offering designated toward the construction of a school Hall.  Here is an update and progress report on this project. Phase 1  Start-up funds. The 2017 Christmas...

Tom and Jan Jonker

I believe its entirely appropriate to say that Tom and Jan Jonker are never going to actually retire! Although they are “formally” retired, Tom and Jan never want to stop working or using their God-given gifts to benefit others. When they heard that JCA would have the...

Bethesda Outreach – The Next Level 2018 Christmas Offering Project

Goal: Raise $80,000/R1M as 'seed money' allocated to help begin two key projects in 2019 that position Bethesda to reach more orphaned children in a more effective manner. Project #1 - Start a Place of Safety & Transition home in the Pretoria area. This project...

The latest from JCA

JCA September Calendar

The JCA September Calendar is now available to download SEPTEMBER JCA CALENDAR

JCA August Newsletter

A Busy Office! The school office is usually a very busy place with parents and children coming to enquire about school fees, civvies or needing help with any of a million different things. Sometimes, the grade R’s and grade 1’s even ask us to pull a loose tooth! This...

JCA July Newsletter

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will  receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.“ We trust that all our learners had a relaxing holiday and are looking forward to working...

JCA August 2018 Calendar

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JCA June Newsletter

It’s Holiday! School will close on the 22nd of June and will reopen on the  23rd of July. Enjoy the break and be sure to spend lots of quality time with family and friends. Exam are over! The Grade 4-7 learners finished their Term 2 exams. The teachers are busy...

JCA Newsletter May 2018

ALMOST HOLIDAYS... We have a month left before the end of term 2 and although we look forward to the long holidays, there is still a lot of hard work to be done. EXAM TIME! Term 2 exams for Grade 4-7 students will be from the 12th to the 20th of June. Please consult...

JCA June Calendar

Please Click here to download and view the June calendar

JCA May 2018 Calendar

The May 2018 JCA Calendar is ready for viewing or downloading. Please click the below link to view or download the May calendar. May 2018 JCA Calendar

JCA April Calendar

The April JCA Calendar is ready for downloading or viewing. Please click the link below to download the April calendar JCA School Calendar_April

March 2018 JCA School Calendar

The March Calendar for JCA is available for download and viewing. Please click the link to download the pdf for March. March 2018...

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