Bethany is spending two 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.
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Let me wish everyone a very Happy New Year! I trust you all had a wonderful Christmas celebrating the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ coming to earth to save sinners like you and me.
Youth group girls at the Carol Service
There has been a lot going on over the past few months. As soon as I got back from the UK, it was straight back into the term with our African-themed carol services and our annul youth camp Crossword which happened as soon as the schools ended. I'm still on a high from camp - it was super amazing and I loved every minute of it! We spent the whole weekend looking at passages in Matthew 7 such as the wide gate and the narrow gate, and the houses built on the rock and the sand etc. I was serving eight teenage girls who were in my dorm and the Lord was clearly working in the lives of the teenagers. They really took time to consider their relationship with Jesus and one girl in my dorm committed her life to Christ, which is amazing! Let’s praise God for her and pray that God would continue to grow and mature her.
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