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.
‘Looking at his disciples, [Jesus] said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.”’ Luke 6: 20-23
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