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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...

Listen to Mom! Speak up!

A look at Proverbs 31:1-9 "What are you doing?"  That’s the question King Lemuel’s Mom asked him.  The words of the King’s mother begin with this haunting and riveting question . . . what are you doing?  Perhaps this is something his Mother said to him when he...

Everyone Loves a Grandma!

Grandma Karen Berger, is one very brave and gentle lady who had the courage to brave many unknowns to spend 3 months serving God in a short-term ministry here at Bethesda. All children, including orphans and vulnerable children, need different kinds of people to be...

Bethesda’s Christmas Project 2017

Watch the Christmas Project video     A crucial start-up capital kingdom investment opportunity. We are happy to announce Bethesda’s 2017 Christmas offering project!   Your generosity in recent years has been both overwhelming and timely.  We thank God for...

Speak Up for the Children – An Interview with Pastor James Solarek

Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31:8-9 Speak up!  Some may remember how pumped up you were when you first visited Bethesda Outreach or a place...

Lawrence’s Story

Lawrence Aphane, now twenty-two years old, was placed at Bethesda in the same month that he turned twelve. He had waited for five years for a permanent placement and as he reflected on his arrival at Bethesda, he recalls many thoughts and emotions including: fun,...

Thanking God for Papa Don and Mama Fran

Don and Fran Stoffel have made a huge contribution to caring for the fatherless by doing what they enjoy doing over and over again. Don and Fran, from Marilla, NY, are both retired and have invested much of their retirement years’ time and energy in serving the Lord...

What is Your Orphan Care Something?

Bethesda Outreach is focused on helping followers of Christ respond biblically to the plight of millions of orphaned and vulnerable children. A Christ-like view of these children will stimulate hearts of compassion that leads to obedience in caring for the...

BETHESDA BASICS

What’s an orphan? Our Bethesda children, who are they?  Frankly there are many kinds and types of orphans.  In fact we now use the term orphaned and vulnerable children as a way to include all types of children who “face the world without the provision, protection and...

EVERYONE can do SOMETHING in Orphan Care

You can imagine my delight when I visited a church in Edwardsburg, MI to present Bethesda Outreach last fall, opened the bulletin and read that they were offering a free babysitting night to area foster parents! Here is an article by Stephanie Graham describing how...

Bethesda – What We Do!

Welcome to our refreshed and updated website! We want to be a part of the world-wide, gospel focused orphan care movement that God has been stirring up within his church for His glory and for the joy and well being of vulnerable children. What does Bethesda Outreach...

Child of the month

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

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...

November Child of the Month – B.A.

B is a fun-loving and bubbly young boy who is just finishing up his first year of school. He is doing very well academically and picks up concepts quickly. He has already learned to read and enjoys reading books at home.  He likes to color, being at church, making...

October Child of the Month – Z.A.

Z is the youngest of all the children in his home. He is 4 years old and has one more year before he starts school. He's a sweet boy who is outgoing and makes friends very easily. He enjoys helping his mom in the house, and loves to play outside with all the other...

September 2018 Child of the Month – B. M.

B has been growing and changing in so many positive ways! We are so thankful for the way God has been working to transform her life. Over the last year, B has made a profession of faith and the change in her actions and attitudes has been evident. B is involved in her...

August 2018 Child of the Month – T. M.

T is a young man who enjoys a variety of activities such as singing, baking and helping with the chores (most of the time).  He is normally a joyful person ready with lots of jokes. He is good at art and enjoys friendly dogs. In general, he is not a fan of school or...

July 2018 Child of the Month – G. M.

G is a sweet young lady who is quickly growing into a beautiful woman—both inside and out. She is very comfortable in the kitchen and really likes to cook, just like her older brother. She is not afraid to try new recipes or cook when people come in for a visit. She...

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,...

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

Glorify God by assisting local churches in orphan care through... (1) A working model of functional Christian families magnifying Christ. (2) Training and encouraging churches, pastors and parents.

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