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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Why Blog?

It is easy to find a multitude of BLOGS on the internet on virtually any subject; but why blog? And what kinds of blogs are out there? Some are relational and designed to attract an audience, meet and help people, or just stay in touch. Others are entrepreneurial by...

Child of the month

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

September Child of the Month – J.M.

J is 16 years old and very quickly growing up! J Is a caring person who does well at helping and caring for the  youngest children in his home. He helps around the house doing various chores and is normally quite happy about life. He is not necessarily an outgoing...

August Child of the Month – M.M.

M is 15 years old and loves to play soccer. He is an outgoing person and enjoys being outside with other kids. He is also a caring person who patiently helps his younger sister with homework. He really  enjoys gardening with his dad and likes to cook—especially...

July Child of the Month – R.M.

R is the oldest sibling in her home and has turned into such a sweet young lady. She loves to sing in the choir at her church and has a beautiful voice. She enjoys baking and cooking—especially making pizza, and has begun helping with the grocery shopping. She’s keen...

June Child of the Month – M.B.

My name is M and I’m thankful that you are praying for me. I enjoy doing puzzles or listening to music. I also like to watch movies when I get the chance. I don’t really love school but I like to study and learn. The subjects I do in school are Tourism, Geography,...

MAY CHILD OF THE MONTH – A.T.

A is 15 years and in Grade 10 this year. A has many skills and interests but is a bit of an introvert and doesn’t mind being by himself or entertaining himself with a good movie or working in the garden. He enjoys helping people at church and is very helpful in the...

APRIL CHILD OF THE MONTH – D.M.

DM is 12 years old and currently in Grade 5. She enjoys helping out in her house as well as playing outside with her friends. She especially enjoys playing netball. She is quickly moving into her teen years and all the challenges that will bring. She can be very kind...

MARCH 2019 CHILD OF THE MONTH – P.M.

PM has been at Bethesda since she was a baby but is now one of the older girls in her family. She enjoys playing, watching TV and sports – especially running. She is easy going yet also very sociable. When she is in “social butterfly” mode, she is excited about life...

FEBRUARY 2019 CHILD OF THE MONTH – S.M.

SM is an energetic high school student who has many creative outlets such as singing, writing songs, dancing and drawing. He enjoys helping in the kitchen and cooking for his family (x11 people!). At school he participates in different sporting activities and his...

JANUARY 2019 CHILD OF THE MONTH – B.K.

B is a sweet young lady who has been at Bethesda for several years now. She is the oldest child in her Bethesda family and in Grade 5 at Jabulane Christian Academy. She enjoys being active and plays netball whenever she gets the opportunity. When she’s at home, she...

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...

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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