Practical ways to use your time, gifts and abilities to help orphaned and vulnerable children at Bethesda or in your own community.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the Word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ…” Colossians 4:2-3
- Pray that God will give us increased opportunities to share the gospel with our children and the community.
- Pray for our houseparents to have wisdom, understanding and strength each day.
- Pray for our Bethesda board members, staff and teachers to have the wisdom, strength and perseverance to lead well.
- Pray that God will give you opportunities to be involved in helping orphaned or vulnerable children in your community.
- Read our Updates and Child of the Month’s and pray for what you read there.
Do you have resources to share? Would you like to make a difference in the life of a child? Here are the ways YOU can be personally involved in providing care to orphaned children.
Serve at Bethesda
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.
The facilities at Bethesda are well suited to accommodate individuals, couples, families, or groups of people for the duration of their stay. Serving opportunities at Bethesda are guided by our desire to expose as many people as possible to the ministry and families at Bethesda. Teams and visitors are normally involved in a variety of activities and projects that will further the Childcare village, the school or various ministries in the community.
Short-Term Ministry Opportunities
Bethesda Outreach is blessed each year with individuals who come to minister for short periods alongside the full-time staff. We desire that these individuals be team players who wish to use their gifts and abilities to glorify God through ministry to South African orphans.
Teams include church, college, and other groups, and the usual length of stay is 2 to 3 weeks. Most teams come to complete a specific project at the Children’s Village, and also gain experience in ministering to others, both within the Village and in the surrounding community. If you are interested in bringing a team to Bethesda and would like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your details. Unfortunately, Bethesda has a limited number of spots available each year to host teams and interns, so requests need to be made as far in advance as possible.
Interns are individuals who come to minister at Bethesda for 1 month to 3 years. An intern must be at least college age, possess a servant’s heart and be willing to be flexible. If you desire to come as an intern and would like more information, please email email@example.com. Include any questions you may have and we will gladly assist you. Due to the limited number of spots available, we ask that your request be made as far in advance as possible.
Long-Term Ministry Opportunities
Bethesda Outreach Ministries is seeking to fill the following positions with individuals who are financially self-supported or willing to raise funds to cover their personal support. Individuals must be team players who desire to use their gifts and abilities to glorify God through ministry to South African orphans. Individuals must be highly recommended by their pastors, be in substantial agreement with Bethesda’s doctrinal statement and demonstrate a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
If you are qualified to fill one of these long-term positions and would like more information, please fill out our ministry questionnaire. Include any questions you may have and we will gladly assist you.
Role: Provides educational instruction to the students of Jabulane Christian Academy of Bethesda Outreach Ministries.
• Bachelor’s degree in education required
• Excellent people skills
• Dependable, organized and flexible
• Demonstrates love for children
• Ability to communicate and teach effectively
• Computer experience required with good typing skills
Advocate for Orphan Care
James 1:27 describes pure religion “in the sight of our God and Father, to visit [care for] orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
How can you become an Advocate for Orphan care?
- Learn what God has to say about orphans and vulnerable children. Start by checking out our Resources page.
- Get involved in your local community’s fostering or adoption programs (find out the local community statistics and spread the word).
- Find out what orphan or foster care related needs there are in your church and seek to meet them.
- Be a godly mentor to a vulnerable child, be available to them.
- Give foster parents a night off by taking care of their children.
- Find creative ways to help those who cannot help themselves (tutoring, set up a used clothing room, teaching a skill, listening, etc).
We would love to hear what you are doing to advocate for orphan care so please encourage us by emailing Bethesdafirstname.lastname@example.org to share what you are doing in your church and community.
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