Missions

Overview

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Overview

People passionate about the church’s involvement in the world. Our purpose: To facilitate opportunities for everyone in the church to realize their significance through serving outside of PBC.

PBC supports a number of career missionaries who live and work in various places from Panama to Thailand; involved in activities such as Bible translation with Wycliffe Bible Institute, flying planes for MAF, working for Healthcare Christian Fellowship, etc.

PBC facilitates short-term trips where we partner with missionaries and local churches to support them in their ministry. We also use these as opportunities to disciple team members who participate in the trips . Places we’ve sent teams to in the last 6 years include:

  • Greece (2006) – Partnered with Hellenic Ministries on an evangelism campaign.
  • Mauritius (2006) – Worked with local churches and encouraged them through door-to-door prayer ministry.
  • Mosselbay (2008) – Partnered with Mosselbay Baptist to run a holiday bible club for the children in the community, engage in door-to-door prayer ministry and paint the church house.
  • China (2008) – Sent a group of people to do prayer ministry during the Olympic games in various cities.
  • Rooiwal (2010) – Partnered with a local church plant doing door-to-door prayer ministry and preaching.
  • Sondela near Mthatha (1999-2013) – We work with ZEMA and their ministry to the Amazioni people and support them by doing maintenance work at the mission station, door-to-door ministry, water distribution, children & youth bible programs in the surrounding villages.
  • Over the past year supported three young adults from PBC to attend Youth with a Mission in the USA.
  • Colesberg Youth Mission Trip (2015-2017)

All Christians are called to live missionally within their own context. PBC seeks to empower people to do so by identifying and facilitating local opportunities where people from church can get involved to make a significant impact.

PBC partners with and supports a church planter in Vukuzinzele. We also work with Lerato’s Hope and participate in their opportunities to serve people living in the peri-urban communities.

Career Missionaries

Colleen Dechaboon

// Home of the Open Heart – Thailand//

Colleen remains on staff at Home of the Open Heart, working as house mother to Mercy and Faith.  She is working 1 day as a school nurse at CRICS per week.  Later this month Colleen will start teaching a parenting skills course with a mother who lives at Home of the Open Heart ( HOTOH) along with her 2 teen boys. She is the children’s healthcare advisor at HOTOH and also function in this role with their local Thai staff and our long term foreign volunteers too. With the twins commencing school this year, Colleen hopes to resume her Thai language studies either in late November or next year.

Kees and Fredah van der Vinne

// Beautiful Gate //

Kees & Fredah are thankful for God’s work at Beautiful Gate that we could be a part of since 2003. Beautiful Gate seeks to reflect Gods image through the care and protection of children, empowerment and preservation of families and community mobilization. It does this through various programmes and projects run within the premises and outside. Therefore it is important that facilities at the centre are in good working order so that staff are enabled to perform their supportive tasks to children and their families. Kees is primarily involved in this area with other team members. One of the rewarding tasks this year (2017) has been the painting of classrooms in one local school near BG as part of providing/facilitating a conducive environment towards learning for children. Fredah and the kids are supportive and prayer partners in this work and they are very appreciative of the church family and God who enables them.

Vaughan and Corné Stannard

// Beautiful Gate //

Vaughan and Corné Stannard serve at Beautiful Gate in Crossroads township outside Cape Town. Having always been passionate about mercy ministry, Vaughan now serves as a doctor and the director of the project in the township of Crossroads. ‘The job is very varied and I often joke that on Mondays I’m a doctor, Tuesdays a social worker, Wednesdays a manager, Thursdays a pastor and Fridays a fundraiser! Corné works from home as a report writer to help supplement our income and the boys, Ben and Ethan are now both in their teens and enjoying high school, sport and socialising.

In our Child and Family Resource Centre in Lower Crossroads we deliver the following services: Family Strengthening Services, Parenting Training and Support, Community and Family-based care and placement for abandoned and orphaned children, an HIV Child and Adolescent clinic, After School Education Support for learners in local Primary and Secondary Schools in our area. We also create a “Social Service Hub” hosting organisations such as Dept of Social Development, SA Social Services Association (SASSA) and other organisations providing child and family services for the Philippi community.

Lynn Crutchley

// Urban Ministry//

After returning from the mission field in the Central African Republic, Lynn has spent the past 20 years in serving in Urban Ministry.  Her passion was to provide an adult literacy programme that included life skills, primary health care, and most importantly, the Gospel together with basic biblical principles applicable to the context of the lives of the adult learners.  Lynn initially ministered amongst Francophone refugees as well as several Turkish wives of expats working in Cape Town.

The combination of these urban endeavours led to the request to help struggling learners out on the “Stellenbosch” farms—children of essentially non- or minimally literate farm-worker parents or carers. She initially helped the primary school children with study skills, assisting with homework in problem subject areas.  This was then expanded to include pre-school children of farm-workers  with a school-readiness programme. As Lynn has built trust has been built through my interactions with the adults farm workers, I try to encourage and ‘help’ them with the deep spiritual needs and overwhelming social challenges that they have. Ideally, I would like to help these and neighbouring adults with much needed literacy skills.

Joan Kotze

// Mercy Ships //

Joan is part of the team on one of the Mercy Ships that provides medical relief and life skills to people living in countries along the East Coast of Africa.  She is currently part of the advance team who have gone ahead of their arrival in Cameroon in order to assist with interviewing, hiring and training 250 day crew to work with them on the ship.  Joan also assisted with finding ministries for crew members to get involved in during their free time, and so visited several orphanages, a deaf school, a blind school and had several meetings with a view to getting involved in prison ministry, showing the Jesus Film in local communities amongst others.

Joan’s Medicak Capacity Building Department also continues to assist with different courses, mentoring and other projects including the managing of an Essential Surgical Skills course.

Nico and Bee Bougas

// Hellenic Ministries //

Nico and Bee are missionaries with Hellenic Ministries, and are based in the USA.  Our role is to promote the work of Hellenic Ministries and develop the work internationally.  This involves a considerable amount of travel to the UK, Greece, Australia, New Zealand, So Africa, Canada and the USA.  We visit each country at least one a year and SA and the UK twice a year and Greece and the USA at least 3 times a year.  Their main aim is to create an awareness of the needs of Greece as a mission field where less than 0.2% of the population would claim to be born-again, evangelical believers. They also work on recruiting short and long term volunteers for the work and also getting people around the world to pray for Hellenic Ministries and its various avenues of service to the people of Greece.

Adrian and Helen Harrod

// Operation Mobilization (OM) //

Mark and Lorraine Liprini

// Mission Aviation Fellowship //

Sydney and Andrea

// OMF International //

Sydney and Andrea were sent out from PBC almost 34 years ago. It has now been almost three years since Sydney was appointed as OMF’s International Director for East Asia-South (ID EAS) with spiritual, pastoral and strategic oversight of the leaders of both field ministries and sending centres in the countries of Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. He is one of six directors, each responsible for a regional unit, and together they form the executive body of the organization, which is headed by the General Director. It has also been almost two years since we moved to Singapore, giving us easy access to these countries, and to the people we lead and serve. Our three key objectives are:

  • Sharing the Good News of Jesus in all its fullness with the unreached peoples of the region
  • Strengthening the Church in a climate of increasing political, religious and social challenge
  • Motivating God’s people towards Mission – ‘from everywhere to everyone’

 

 

 

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