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.
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.
Bountiful Hope has also joined with Semonkong Children’s Centre, an orphanage for children ages 0 to 19 as well as Help Lesotho to provide computer training skills. Project Manager Rethabile (Evelyn) has an office on Beautiful Gate’s campus and keeps things running smoothly! What a blessing to see so many non-profits working together!
Contact www.bountifulhopefoundation.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.
Raymond and Pamela have always had a heart for serving those in need by providing spiritual and physical nourishment in the community for many years. Yet when a fire broke out burning down shacks and causing even more hardships, retired firefighter/station commander “Pastor Raymond” felt he needed to do more.
Oceans Ministries is humbled to join in providing, making, and serving meals as well supplying some materials for the rebuilding of “homes.” Pastor Raymond’s JOY is contagious and Pamela’s voice such as sweet balm, both are also a huge blessing to Oceanview Care Centre kids and teachers as well.