School of Biblical Studies <<<<
God is really emphasizing the power of knowing His Word to change lives throughout Youth With A Mission. Chris has seen a big increase in his involvement internationally within the Bible School network of Youth With a Mission globally. In the last few months, he has been invited to be a guest speaker at the gathering of staff in both North America and Europe.
He continues to coordinate the network of 12 Bible Schools throughout Africa often visiting them for teaching and encouragement. In the beginning of this year alone he is visiting Egypt, Uganda and Madagascar.
The Exchange Women’s Ministry <<<<
Lindsey continues to reach out to women in the city of Cape Town. Last year’s retreats were the best ever for interaction, teaching, and refreshing. In 2017 we are continuing with the weekend retreats as well as more 1-Day seminars this year for more teaching and input on relationship issues.
As the ministry continues there is a growing network of churches, ministries and business’s that send women for these weekends. One local factory has asked to send 2-3 of their workers each retreat as part of their plan to raise up Christ followers in the business world. Each of these women are connected to a local church where they serve and relate locally. Thank you to all those who sponsor individual women, we are so grateful!
Distributors of Generosity <<<<
We oversee the non-profit organization, Project Grace. Through this entity, we are able to connect donors with local missionaries and ministries in Africa. Through the years the scope of this keeps growing. Often times local missionaries do not have access to donors to support their ministries. It has brought great joy to our hearts to serve as a bridge connecting incredible workers with generous donors. Sometimes these donors are known but many times they give anonymously. We continue to pray that God would make generosity a key element of our ministry.
Between the Headlines
Campus Growth: Through the years we have mentioned how much our YWAM campus has grown. When we arrived there were 30 staff and a few training programs. We are now pushing 200 staff and actively run multiple Bible and discipleship programs. It keep growing each year! We personally serve on the base leadership team, specifically overseeing all staff and ministries with a passion for the Bible.
Throughout the City & Continent:
Chris recently visited the Bible school in Egypt and also spoke at the biggest church in Cairo (picture on left).
We both speak at a variety of venues in Cape Town throughout the year. This term we find ourselves in several local public schools. In March we are speaking at a local school to all their 7th graders… on sex! Pray for us:)
We work with many young ministry leaders through coaching and mentoring. One ministry we LOVE is called Sisterhood, a mentoring ministry to Grade School and Junior High girls in a local community. One of our young staff had a vision and has sacrificed a lot to serve these young girls. They meet in a converted shipping container in small groups every week, learning what it means to be a valued daughter of God. Here is a picture of Lindsey sharing with teenagers on “Love” in honor of Valentines Day. Fun times!
Marriage & Relationship Counseling: We have reached the stage in our marriage where we are an “older” married couple. Many young dating and engaged couples are seeking us out for input and guidance. It has been fun to guide these couples through the journey of dating and even heading to the altar.
It is hard to believe how fast our boys are growing up.
Garett has started Grade six and turned 12 years old. We nearly have a teenager in the house. This may be the year he catches Chris in height.
Thabo is in Grade 5 and is 10 and a half. The highlight of last year was playing Mowgli in the school production of Jungle Book. He did so well! He was chosen to perform on a national kids TV show which was a fun experience.
Both boys enjoy reading, video games and playing soccer. They are becoming experts in the Premier League of English Football (the other kind of football for our American friends). At school they continue to rise to the task each year. Both of them do homework in the languages of English, Afrikaans and Xhosa