“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
Giving thanks to the Lord … and you!
I’ve been preparing presentations for my ministry speaking tour to the United States, which ends just before Thanksgiving.
I always revisit past presentations so that I don’t bore listeners with the same ideas. In doing so, I’m in awe of what the Lord has done—and is doing—with and through our ministry partners like you.
With the generous help of our partners, and even their children in some cases, the extent of our outreach for furthering the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, has been astounding.
Over the past year, they have made it possible for us to partner with and support outreaches to China—under the guise of running English language camps for children—Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Congo, Cameroon and South Africa.
The Gospel of the Kingdom is preached and lived out in our ministry outreach projects. By God’s truly amazing grace, many have responded by putting their faith in Jesus Christ.
Discipleship is of paramount importance and new believers are taken care of by men and women who then disciple them over time—through both teachings and by example.
Typically, the youngsters starting gangs in Stone Hill are around 17 years old. They hail overwhelmingly from single-parent homes—most always only a mother. In this dysfunctional community, girls have babies to prove that they are fertile in the hope of securing a marriage proposal in the future. This is one of many reasons for the existence of single-parent homes.
The Christian community leaders take it upon themselves to help the mothers by acting like fathers to the disobedient young men. The mothers can’t fulfill their parental responsibility in spanking the boys when necessary, so the Christian men do. And—despite what the purveyors of political correctness say—it works wonders.
Through loving discipline and an investment of time and teaching, our ministry and community leaders are taking the (former) gangsters camping and on hikes up the mountain. Through this they release energy, build relationships and start Gospel conversations. We help with funds for taxis, food, etc.
“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind,” 2 Timothy 1:7.
Our Stone Hill ministry has grown exponentially. The Lord has blessed us in so many ways. We’ve built a U-shaped building with three shipping containers. One holds a kitchen. The other offers two classrooms and the third, a gym.
Our ministry now includes Sunday evening Gospel services, Bible Studies, Soldiers for Christ, Dream Girls, math and science homework help, a soup kitchen, food-and-clothing distribution, shack maintenance and building, sport ministry, youth camps, outreaches such as Life Chain and Women’s Day in shopping malls; and in December, Lord willing, a Gospel crusade.
We’ve invested a lot of energy into reaching the youth in Stone Hill.
Now, we’d like to expand our Christian influence by building a Gospel-centered Early Childhood Development (ECD) Center. This will entail having two shipping containers welded together to create a safe classroom for preschoolers. Toddlers are housed all day, while mothers work, in a nearby shack with a small outside play area.
As clean as the two adults try and keep the shack with 34 toddlers, the fact remains that it is an insecure, unsafe and an unhealthy environment.
We’d love for you to partner with us to further increase our Gospel influence in Stone Hill by converting two more shipping containers into a large classroom for an ECD Center. This would legally allow a secure, safe and healthy environment for 40 toddlers.
Our present containers have worked well.
Converted shipping containers offer budget savings. By recycling old shipping containers, we repurpose our limited materials, rather than sourcing new materials used in traditional construction. Also, the buildings can be relocated, or moved about, as our ministry grows.
Our prayer is to raise $19,000 to purchase the containers as well as cutting and welding them together, fitting them with fire-safety insulation, creating an emergency/fire escape, fire extinguishers and adding windows for natural lighting and ventilation. Sanitary facilities must be provided as well.
From a regulatory standpoint, we must also demonstrate that condensation will not form on the inside of the containers. That’s no joke. Really! Even (or shall I say, only) in Africa. Where do these bureaucrats come from?
An additional $3,000 goal will help to kit out the facility with desks, chairs, kitchenette, which can run off our generator, Christian educational materials, fencing for protection, small veggie garden for healthy foods, climbing frames, etc.
Our total goal: $22,000.00
We are humbled and blessed by the past support from partners. We thank the LORD for His blessing us through YOU!
Pease consider supporting this work through ITMI (480) 968 4100, at this time of Thanksgiving, to reach vulnerable children with the Gospel.
Charl van Wyk
PS. We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with your loved ones.