// Home of the Open Heart – Thailand//
Colleen remains on staff at Home of the Open Heart, working as house mother to Mercy and Faith.Â She is working 1 day as a school nurse at CRICS per week.Â 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 isÂ 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 Godâs 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 CornĂ© Stannard
// Beautiful Gate //
Vaughan and CornĂ© 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 Iâm a doctor, Tuesdays a social worker, Wednesdays a manager, Thursdays a pastor and Fridays a fundraiser! CornĂ© 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 âSocial Service Hubâ 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.
// 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.Â 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.Â 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 âStellenboschâ farmsâchildren 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.Â This was then expanded to include pre-school children of farm-workersÂ 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 âhelpâ 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.
// 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.Â She is currently part of the advance team who have gone ahead of their arrival in Cameroon in order to assist with interviewing, hiringÂ and training 250 day crew to work with them on the ship.Â Joan also assisted with finding ministries for crew members to get involved in during their free time, and so visited several orphanages, aÂ deaf school, a blind school and had several meetings with a view to getting involved in prison ministry,Â showing the Jesus Film in local communities amongst others.
Joanâs 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.Â Our role is to promote the work of Hellenic Ministries and develop the work internationally.Â This involves a considerable amount of travel to the UK, Greece, Australia, New Zealand, So Africa, Canada and the USA.Â 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.Â 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 OMFâs 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’