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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The latest from Bethesda

Worship Matters….From the Phiri Family

Our family consists of 8 children with ages ranging between 4 and 15 years. Because of the above, it was challenging to find a balance in teaching the Word of God in one sitting. As we have been serving at Bethesda since 2014 as house parents, it has been our heart...

What This Teacher Learned at Bethesda

My name is Hannah and I had the privilege of serving and learning at Bethesda for the month of July 2018. I have been a preschool teacher for the past three years and have just begun a new position as a kindergarten (Grade R) teacher in August. Since I had heard about...

Issuing Visas and Land Expropriation in SA/Your Questions Answered

South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. I may be a bit biased about that because it’s my birthplace, but I don’t think there are many other countries where God’s creativity is so clearly on display. Our impressive coastline that stretches for...

December Child of the Month

T has grown and changed so much since he first arrived to Bethesda and to his new family. He is 5 years and has grown into a strong, healthy young boy. For a while, T was the only boy; but now, he has figured out his place in a house that is full of boys! T is very...

Board Members: Value & How the Role is Important for Exceptional Orphan Care

Fueled by the good news of God’s grace, stirred by God’s heart for justice and His call to care for the marginalized and the fatherless (Ps 68:5-6), and motivated to share the story of the gospel with the next generation (Ps 78:5-7), I’ve been provided the privilege...

Moving to the Next Level

2018 Bethesda Outreach Christmas Offering Goal:  Raise $80,000/R1M This is '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 - Temporary Safe Care So often the...

Caring for Orphans & Vulnerable Children from Emmaleah’s Perspective

God can do a lot of beautiful things over eight weeks. Of the many things God has taught me in my time here at Bethesda, one that is particularly pertinent is how He has grown my understanding of and compassion for orphans. While I’ve always known this to be a good...

November Child of the Month – B.A.

B is a fun-loving and bubbly young boy who is just finishing up his first year of school. He is doing very well academically and picks up concepts quickly. He has already learned to read and enjoys reading books at home.  He likes to color, being at church, making...

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...

October Child of the Month – Z.A.

Z is the youngest of all the children in his home. He is 4 years old and has one more year before he starts school. He's a sweet boy who is outgoing and makes friends very easily. He enjoys helping his mom in the house, and loves to play outside with all the other...

The latest from JCA

JCA November Calendar

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JCA October Calendar

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JCA September Newsletter

The Office is Changing As everyone will be aware, Miss Small and Miss Rumley are in America for the last term and are planning on returning for the 2019 school year. As Miss Meiring will be teaching grade 3, Miss Muhadi will be assisting in the office. We are grateful...

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

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