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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HOW CAN I MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

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

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...

June Child of the Month

God’s grace alone is what brought R to Bethesda many years ago as initially, only his younger sibling was being considered for care at Bethesda. An observant staff member saw him wander by and asked about what was going to happen to him. Through that simple question,...

CAFO Summit 2018 – What Matters Most

From May 8-11, five of us from Bethesda were able to attend this year’s Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) Summit in Frisco, TX at the Stonebriar Community Church. Michele Geurink, Don and Fran Stoffel, and my wife, Kate, and I joined over 2,000 orphan care worker...

April Child of the Month – V. M.

V is a young man in his last year at Jabulane Christian Academy. Next year he will begin his schooling offsite. He has recently had new houseparents come into his home but he has adjusted very well. He loves playing soccer, and biking around the property with his...

Embracing the Call to Care for the Vulnerable

I was a freshman in high school the first time I interacted with children who didn’t have parents. The African Children’s choir came and sang at the college my parents worked at, and two of the kids stayed overnight with us. I loved hanging out with those kids, and I...

Does South Africa still have a need for orphan care due to HIV/AIDS in 2018?

In October this year, Bethesda Outreach Ministries will be 18 years old. That’s long enough to raise a child from birth through to graduating from high school. A lot can happen in that amount of time, so perhaps we should ask ourselves if what we do is still as...

The latest from JCA

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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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...

February JCA Newsletter

A New Face– MISS Meiring No, not Mrs Meiring, you already know her! Miss Meiring has joined us in the school office to fill the gap left when Miss Rumley went back into the classroom. She will be the first face you see when you walk into the JCA office and voice you...

Jabulane Christian Academy – Day One

The first day of a new school year is always filled with a wide variety of crazy emotions! Excited talking, loud greetings, silent dismay, whispered excitement, fearful crying (from children AND first time school parents)…. You get the picture. JCA has started another...

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