11 June 2014
Hands on Africa is an international ministry that was founded in 1997 with the purpose to bring education to pastors in remote parts of Africa. It has since grown to include not just bible seminaries but also orphanages and clinics.
Our vision is that the last command of our Lord will be our first concern as given in Matthew 28:19-20. In order to fulfil this vision we need to live Christ to those in need. At the bible seminaries we offer an opportunity to men and women in Africa to be educated to fulfil the command of making disciples. In partnership with the Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary, we offer an internationally accredited Bachelor & Master Degree in Theology throughout Africa (Kenya, Malawi, Sierra Leone and Zambia). In South Africa we co-operate with Nehemiah Bible Institute and the University of Pretoria. While strictly non-denominational, Hands on Africa is recognised as a ministry by the Baptist Union of Southern Africa. In South Africa we work closely with the Agape Family Church in Middelburg, EC.
In addition to the bible seminaries we also get involved in various other areas of need, such as hospitals, clinics, orphanages, widow care centres, schools and many more.
During our last semester at the Middelburg (Eastern Cape) Bible School, the hearts of some of the team members were touched by what God is doing through the couple, Bertus and Carol Deysel, who runs the Emmanuel Child & Youth Care Centre. They look after 24 orphans under their care and as is often the case, they hardly get a chance to rest. Should you like to learn more about the children’s home, you can visit their website at http://emmanuelhome.blogspot.com/.
God laid on our hearts to spend a few days with the children during the July holidays with a view to share a little bit of His love with the children, but also to give Bertus and Carol a much needed break. Our plan is to host a Holiday Club from 10 to 12 July along similar lines to the annual Holiday Club hosted by The Fellowship in Melkbosstrand who has kindly offered their assistance in planning for this event. In the afternoons the team members will help some of the older children with schoolwork and also train the care workers employed by the children’s home to continue with homework assistance when we have left.
As you will appreciate, there are many costs associated with a trip like this. In addition to the direct costs involved, we also like to make a financial contribution to the children’s home to cover some of their significant expenses.
Should you wish to make a contribution towards this outreach, you can deposit an amount into our bank account: ABSA Bank, Account number 4068204462, Branch 632005. Please use Mburg0714 as a reference. Should you want us to send you a receipt or if you would like to sponsor a specific team member, kindly e-mail the payment confirmation to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make sure the necessary action is taken.
Above all, the biggest contribution you can make is to keep us in your prayers as well as the children we plan to minister to. The team members are:
Charl du Plessis
Corlia du Plessis
Thomas du Plessis
Samuel du Plessis
Deon and Dionne Schoombee are our contact members in Middelburg, making sure that all the logistics are taken care of while we are there.
Should you need additional information about this outreach or any other information regarding the Hands on Africa ministry, please do not hesitate to contact me at the numbers listed above.
Yours in Christ’s service
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