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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 you and...

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.

April Child of the Month – V. M.

V is a young man in his last year at Jabulane Christian Academy. Next year he will begin his schooling offsite. He has recently had new houseparents come into his home but he has adjusted very well. He loves playing soccer, and biking around the property with his...

March Child of the Month

K is 12 years old this year and has improved a lot in the years that he has been at Bethesda. He has grown into a strong young man and we are so grateful for his progress. K is a very active person who would much rather be outside playing than doing anything inside....

February Child of the Month

B is going into Grade 3 this year at Jabulane Christian Academy. He is a very social and active young boy who is interested in everything all the time. He loves to play outside with his friends and use the playground equipment around the property. He enjoys his Life...

January 2018 Child of the Month – J. J.

J has been at Bethesda since she was a baby and it has been a blessing to see her grow and change throughout the years. J is working now to learn skills that she will use to help her in her life. Academics has always been a challenge so our prayer for her this year is...

December 2017 Child of the Month – S. N.

S has been with his Bethesda family for several years and  is going into Grade 2 in January 2018. He is a very happy child who sings the whole time he is doing his chores. When he has some free time, he enjoys playing games or putting together   puzzles. His very...

November Child of the Month T. M.

This young man has only been at Bethesda for a few years and came to join his brothers who were already here. After some time, he adjusted to his new family well and is continuing the challenge of learning English. He likes playing sport and doing art (especially...

October Child of the Month P. N.

Hi! My name is … well, I guess I can’t tell you that, but I would like to tell you a little bit about myself so that you know me a little better and can pray for me. I have lived with my Bethesda family since I was very little, I think about 3 years of age. Now, I am...

September Child of the Month

N came to Bethesda several years ago after singlehandedly caring for his younger brother for a period of time. It took some time for him to settle into being a child again and trusting others to take the role of the primary caregiver for his young brother. He is a...

August Child of the Month

We love watching B. grow up! She has changed tremendously during the years she has been at Bethesda. She loves attending her church and it is important to her so she participates in everything that she can. She is a great helper in the kitchen and she really enjoys...

July Child of the Month

This young boy arrived at Bethesda this past March and overall, he has adjusted well. Moving homes and changing parents, siblings, bedtimes, routines, and food (among other things) is always a big adjustment and takes time. He now has the opportunity to get to know...

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.

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...

Playground for Preschoolers

We are halfway to our goal of $11,500/R138, 000 Bethesda’s school, Jabulane Christian Academy (JCA) has grown in the last years to where we have two Grade R classes (Kindergarten) and in 2018, we will have two Grade 1 classes as well. We have been raising money to put...

Johannah’s USA Trip

Johannah Ngwenya, one of our Bethesda children – now an adult Grade R (kindergarten) teacher, had the opportunity to travel to the USA with Tonya Small, and Heather Rumley. During their 4-week, mid-year break, they did a whirlwind tour to connect with churches and...

The VERY Wet Fun Run

“Rain, rain go away…Come again another day!”  Most of us have heard this familiar phrase but we didn’t expect to use it this past May (since it NEVER rains in May!). This year, however, our Fun Run was graced with rain and thunderstorms so it was very wet and stormy....

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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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