Bethesda Outreach Ministries was born out of a desire to show compassion to children in Africa who had been orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS. The desire resulted in a survey trip being made to Africa in May of 2000 by a group from Evangelical Baptist Missions (EBM).
South Africa was chosen as the place in which to build a children’s village, and property was purchased north of Pretoria in Hammanskraal. In October of 2000, Bethesda Outreach Ministries became a South African company, incorporated under Section 21. In January and February of 2003, Bethesda obtained status as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization and our first houseparent couple moved onto the property and began caring for children. Currently, there are six Bethesda families caring for orphan children within the children’s village.
Due to some zoning issues, a different piece of property was purchased in June of 2003 on which to build the Bethesda Children’s Village. Bethesda’s Orphan Care Development Ministry was begun in 2004, with the purpose of providing teaching, training resources, and education support to those in the surrounding churches and communities who wish to gain expertise in caring for orphans within their area.
In January 2005, Bethesda’s Jabulane Christian Academy began operating on the property and now accommodates over 140 students from Grade R (Kindergarten) through Grade 7. Our school is open to the community as well as providing quality education to our own Bethesda children.
In August of 2011, our office in the USA, Bethesda Outreach Ministry International, Inc. became an official 510c3 company.
We are confident that Bethesda Outreach Ministries is in God’s sovereign and all-powerful hands. The vital work here continues to move ahead as God provides the necessary financial and human resources. Village plans are steadily progressing toward the goal of having a village complete with child-care homes, educational facilities, recreational and multi-purpose facilities, and administrative facilities. To God be the glory…great things He has done.