Bethany is spending three years serving in Johannesburg, South Africa, helping with the youth and children’s work at Hope Church Auckland Park.
70% of the population of South Africa are under the age of 35, but there is a shortage of church workers who are trained to minister specifically to children, teenagers and young adults. Bethany is helping with the church’s Sunday school, toddlers’ group, after-school club and youth camp, as well as leading bible studies and going into local schools.
Bethany has served in overseas mission with Crosslinks three times before – in Uganda, South Africa and Kenya. On her previous trip to South Africa - in 2013 - Bethany served for 10 months at the Lily of the Valley Children’s Village. During this time, God grew in Bethany a real love for the people and the country of South Africa. Following this, Bethany trained as a Ministry Assistant at St Leonard’s Church in Exeter, where she helped with the children’s and youth work.
‘Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”’ Psalm 91:1-2
The words of Psalm 91 have been a source of great peace and encouragement to me giving me hope, joy and comfort. I hope you draw comfort from these words too as you reflect on God's goodness and grace.
We have been studying Philippians both with the girls in our mid-week bible studies and with the youth on Friday evenings. It has been a great encouragement to dig deeper into God’s word and to see how what we're learning impacts our everyday lives – ‘to live is Christ and to die is gain' (Philippians 1:21). Please pray for our teenagers that they would live for Jesus wholeheartedly and become more like him. Please also pray for the youth worker who has recently taken a step back in order to get better and manage a number of health problems. In the meantime, another Crosslinks volunteer, Adam Tomalin, has stepped up to oversee the youth team and teenagers. Please pray for Adam as he steps into this role, that he would be godly and wise in all that he does.
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