Partner Ministries

In 2002, Pastor Tim Spykstra answered an invitation at a Promise Keepers conference to travel to Lesotho, Africa on a vision trip. His stepfather, Pastor Bill Bierling, wholeheartedly joined him on this long journey to a little known country surrounded by South Africa. During their time God arranged for a divine appointment with Ray and Sue Haakonsen, founders of Beautiful Gate, a care center for abandoned babies. For over 20 years hundreds of babies have been provided their daily needs. The infants and toddlers who have HIV/AIDS receive the necessary medical care, recover, and many have been adopted into forever homes.

At each of the churches Tim served he introduced the idea of Kingdom beyond the walls of the physical building and challenged them to visit Beautiful Gate. Many people of all ages from various churches and schools have caught the vision and not only served on BG campus, but also allowed Africa to penetrate their hearts. After countless trips to Lesotho and forging relationships with the people in the community, Tim founded Oceans Ministries, which seeks to Make the Father Known. Oceans continues to support Beautiful Gate by arranging teams to visit and recently provided funds to build Abba’s Playhouse.

Contact www.beautifulgatelesotho.org for more information.

Bountiful Hope Foundation is a non-profit organization that started in 2005 and focuses on the youth, primarily orphans, of the African country of Lesotho. This small country completely surrounded by South Africa has the 2nd highest HIV prevalence rate in the world and this has resulted in a staggering number of orphans. Many of these vulnerable orphans either live alone, are the caretakers of their younger siblings, or they live with their aging, and often dying, grandparents.

Bountiful Hope Foundation believes that the power of education, economic development, and empowering communities make the greatest impact possible in order to reduce the effects of poverty and HIV/AIDs as well as equip future leaders of Lesotho.

When high school teams travel to Lesotho Oceans Ministries brings students to the Good Shepherd Center where teens can connect with one another. Sharing a meal with someone in their peer group from another country generates a powerful connection and when times of testimony are shared the love of the Father brings unity of heart and soul.

Contact www.bountifulhopefoundation.org for more information.

Jesus on Colfax Ministries is a non-profit organization founded by Shawn and Dianne Sikkema. The ministry is committed to being the presence of Jesus on and around East Colfax Avenue in Aurora, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. Tim and Patty served alongside this ministry for several years before moving to South Africa.

Not only have the lessons learned there been beneficial for the under privileged people they interact with in the surrounding communities in Fish Hoek, SA but it also spearheaded the ministry Mike and Dawn Verkaik oversee at the Wooden Shoe Motel in Michigan.

Oceans Ministries echoes Pastor Shawn’s words: “Jesus’ primary call to us is to joyfully join Him in loving those in and around East Colfax. While we have a heart for many needs that exist in the area…..we put people above programs and work with each individual to connect them to resources within our organization and with our partnerships.

Contact www.jesusoncolfax.org for more information.

Ocean View Care Centre, founded by Johann Kikillus, is a tuition-free early childhood centre for at risk children living in a neighborhood plagued by poverty, gangs, abuse, and addiction. The facility opened in 2015 and is constructed of 13 metal containers and has a safe play area.

The staff includes Bernie, the director, Marion, who oversees the meals as well as 10 teachers. Recently, a food garden was planted to provide fresh vegetables.

Teams from the US assist the teachers and provide extra support to the preschoolers during their Kingdom Encounter experience here at Oceans Retreat Centre. Oceans Ministries seeks to encourage the encouragers and those serving at Ocean View Care Centre are definitely reflecting the love of Christ by working at this crèche.