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It Just Takes One…

My journey with the Bethesda transition team started with one step - helping one teen, and finding one organization that runs a work-readiness program. It all started as just one. If we each just took one step and did one thing, we could change the world. Last month,...

Transitioning Youth Successfully

The journey towards adulthood and independence is an inevitable period in a young person’s life and one that every parent hopes won’t come too soon. For the young person, the excitement of having the freedom to do what they like without asking for permission is like...

My Journey, Passion, and Growth in Orphan Care

My wife and I have always prayed for our kids to make the right friends. One day our son told us about his friend David (not real name) that he met at kindergarten. We got to meet David and when his parents came over with David for a play date, we realized they didn't...

Bethesda Changed My Life

My name is T and I am 16 years old, turning 17 in June. I live with my family at Bethesda and I am in athletics – I love to run. I am currently in grade 11 at a high school in Pretoria. I remember that I came to Bethesda in 2009 when I was 6 years old. I came with my...

Daniel – An Example to Follow

 Daniel is a man of great character in the Bible from whom we can learn much. He was no stranger to difficulty as he experienced it all of his life. Even when Daniel was in his mid-80’s, he continued to demonstrate character that wholly followed the Lord – even in the...

JCA, a unique platform for Gospel ministry

Teachers at Jabulane Christian Academy are given a unique platform in which they can share biblical truths with their students on a day-to-day basis. Every teacher is motivated not only to share academics with their children, but also to teach the children about God...

COVID-19 and Bethesda Outreach

Dear Bethesda supporters, We know that many of you care for Bethesda and regularly pray for us and in light of the COVID19/Coronavirus, we wanted to give you an update on how this is affecting our families and staff. On the 15th of March, President Cyril Ramaphosa...

The Bethesda Barnyard – Alfred’s Story

For years, Bethesda has been talking about a skills-training programme or developing an agricultural project. In 2019, we filtered through our many ideas and made definite plans to start our first commercial agricultural project, the Bethesda Poultry Project. We...

R.M. is Why Bethesda Exists – 20/20 Campaign

It’s the start of a new year and a new decade. From time to time, it is good to remind ourselves of why we do what we do and to renew our passion for the work God has given us. This year, Bethesda Outreach is celebrating 20 years of God’s goodness to us in meeting the...

Local Church Orphan Care and Bethesda Outreach

A few months ago, Bethesda’s board clarified our vision statement, stating that our vision is: to mobilize churches and individuals to meet the needs of orphans so that they might become disciples of Christ. As I reflect on the previous year, it is easy to count many...

Meet Bethesda’s New Executive Director

It is my privilege to introduce to you Bethesda's new Executive Director. The board unanimously approved Rudi to take over the leadership of Bethesda from December, 2019. We wanted you to hear about Rudi from his own perspective. It has been my privilege to lead these...

The Extreme Hike that Challenged and Changed My Life

On the 20th to 23rd of September, I was among three dads and seven boys from Bethesda who attended the hiking trip in the Drakensberg Mountains in Durban organized by 4M Group. This was an amazing 72 hours of inspiration, challenge, and adventure. It's a men's...

Security and Safety at Bethesda Outreach

Psalm 82:3-4 says that we are to “vindicate (defend) the weak and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and destitute. Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.”  It often seems in this country that there is a general lack of respect for...

Funding for the Fatherless – Costly Choices

Christian giving to orphan care has grown roughly 3X faster than all charitable giving by Americans — 4 years in a row! (Christian Alliance for Orphans website) Their giving seems to indicate that Bible-believing Christians do have a heart for orphaned and vulnerable...

Working Together for Effective Long-Term OVC Ministry

Greetings! My name is Darrel Huff and I serve as chairman of the board for Bethesda Outreach Ministries International (BOMI), a not-for-profit company in the USA. BOMI was formed to support Bethesda Outreach Ministries South Africa (BOMSA), a not-for-profit South...

Baby Steps in Temporary Safe Care

On June 14, Bethesda sent out an email update that read, “Open now to see our newest arrival.” In that update, many read about Bethesda’s first Temporary Safe Care home being officially opened. My wife Kate, our girls and I were very excited to welcome Baby M! In...

Now Go Find Your People! (CAFO 2019)

"Now go find your people!" That was a phrase we heard often this year at the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) Conference held in May, in Louisville, Kentucky. You should know that it is not easy to find "your people" in the midst of 2000 other people! Thankfully,...

My Raised to Praise story

I am grateful for a Heavenly Father who rescues and restores. This month, we want to pull back the curtain a bit and see just a glimpse into what God is doing in the lives of one of the young people here, in her own words. If you’ve been following our blog, or...

A Team Members Perspective: One Year Later

I’ve always had a desire to minister to children and had just started thinking about outreach and caring for the most vulnerable around me when I decided to go on a short-term ministry trip with the men's team from our church. I was hesitant and nervous about leaving...

How to Support a Bethesda Child, Family, or Teacher

Bethesda is blessed with the best supporters ever! God stirs up the hearts of people all over the world in the most amazing ways to the benefit of our families and the children in our care. We are in the privileged position of seeing the needs of our small...

A Call to Prayer for Bethesda

I just returned home from 10 days of meetings with the Admin team, board members and staff. Bethesda Outreach is in a special season of challenges, growth and development. What a joy it was to be with everyone and I reminded them that they are the answer to the...

Is there any point in facing hardship in ministry?

Orphan and foster care ministry is a daunting task. No doubt, if you’ve spent much time with a child, you know the task of raising children can be among the most sanctifying things that you can do. In our own strength, no one is up to the task of shaping, helping, and...

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...

Child of the month

A monthly publication that features one of our Bethesda children. Click here to read more.

September Child of the Month – S.B.

S is the youngest of a sibling group here and we were very excited that he was able to join his sister who had arrived several years earlier. S is in his first year of school and learning a lot! He loves to dance, play and run around. When he’s not outside with his...

August Child of the Month – S.B.

S has just turned 7 years old and is blossoming into a fun-loving and very nice boy. He is currently in Temporary Safe Care with one of our families and has been with us for just over a year already. He is in Grade R and has done quite well with learning English...

July Child of the Month – L.M.

A couple years ago, this young boy joined the Bethesda family as an infant. He had been struggling physically with some early developmental issues but very quickly, he caught up and is a joy to his family and siblings. L is the youngest boy in his family. This 4 year...

June Child of the Month – O.M.

As you can see, O has a beautiful and contagious smile! O is one of 7 year old twins who have been at Bethesda for a couple of years now. She has done well adjusting and we are so happy she is here with her siblings. She enjoys playing with the other children very...

May Child of the Month L.B.

L is 3 years old and has been at Bethesda for just under a year. She is in Temporary Safe Care and doing very well. Her mom says that she loves to sing at church as well as playing games with the other children. She also enjoys doing things on her own as she is at the...

April Child of the Month – Baby M

This month we feature our youngest little girl who will have her first birthday in early April. She is here in Temporary Safe Care so we don’t know how long she’ll remain at Bethesda but God knows that and He has a plan for her. In the mean time, she is being cared...

March Child of the Month – B.A.

It was a happy day for one of our houseparent couples when this young lady and her siblings joined their home. B is currently 12 years old and one of two girls in a family with mostly younger brothers. Some of the things she really enjoys doing at home are cooking,...

February Child of the Month L.A.

L is turning 11 this year and looking forward to the start of school. He enjoys reading books, going to church and school, and really likes to sing and dance.  He is also a very friendly child who normally has a pretty big smile on his face.  His mom describes him as...

January 2020 Child of the Month – B. A.

B will be turning 9 this year and is one of several siblings that came to Bethesda quite a few years ago. His smile and cheery personality are always so fun to see. He is very friendly and always happy to carry on a conversation with anyone that he meets. If you have...

December Child of the Month – T.M.

T is going into Grade 11 next year and she can’t wait. She has been working so hard on her academics and has big goals for her future education. T. is an outstanding athlete and consistently does well in Athletics (Track & Field) as well as in Netball. She is...

Raised to Praise Update

A monthly/bi-monthly update with articles, information, and pictures showing all that has been happening at Bethesda Outreach. Click here to read more.

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...

Welcome to our New Houseparents

Themba and Betty Kabeni are new houseparents at Bethesda Outreach. They began working in mid December when Fritz and Masello Shikwambane moved back into the community. The Kabeni’s have known another one of our houseparent couples, George and Florah Sithole, for a...

Christmas Project Update for the School Hall

Jabulane Christian Academy began their new school year this month with approximately 230 students in grades R (Kindergarten) through 7. This is a 140% increase in the last 5 years. We need more space as we reach more children and families in this growing community. We...

Resources FROM You

As the final piece of our water project, we have been able to get a chlorinator & filtration unit attached to each of our boreholes that will make our water safe to drink from every tap. Up to now, our house parents have had to walk to the Team Centre with 5 litre...

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...

Interns 2017

God always brings Bethesda the right people at just the right time. I’m speaking of the interns that God brought to us during this year. Alyssa Whyard, Anna Cleghorn and Megan Doyle have all been a great help to us in providing help in childcare, photography, crèche...

Orphan Care Seminar

On Saturday, May 20th, Bethesda Outreach hosted an Orphan Care Seminar at Central Baptist Church in Pretoria. We had seven excellent speakers that biblically and passionately shared about adoption, foster care, local church engagement, and other supportive ministries...

Team Season 2017

God brought many different teams and visitors to Bethesda this year from Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee and Missouri, as well as a few places in between. We are so grateful for each of the individuals who sacrificed their time, money, and other activities...

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Our Mission

Mobilising the local church and its members for the glory of God by: (1) Providing a gospel focused, family centred and church driven orphaned and vulnerable child care ministry and resource centre (2) Reaching out to the church to raise awareness, stimulate compassion and encourage obedience in the care of the fatherless

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