Robbed Twice in One Week
On September 20, 2013, ITMI partner Charl van Wyk posted this to his Facebook profile:
“A neighbor was burgled twice in one week. Her brother’s ashes were stolen in the second burglary.”
Twice in one week!
What are the odds?
Quite a bit higher in South Africa than in the United States. Crime rates in this diverse and beautiful country are on the rise. Charl and his family must maintain an electric fence around their property for protection.
Rising crime is an indicator of the great spiritual needs storming South Africa right now.
Voices crying for forgiveness and justice are crucial. Advocates for the weak are vital. Believers sacrificially living out their faith outside of their church buildings and homes are life preservers.
These are all things Charl’s ministry is doing, and doing well.
Despite the danger, Charl is a bold advocate for Biblical truths and values in his country. He writes and speaks as an advocate for forgiveness. He campaigns against abortion, even though there may be times he is in danger for doing so.
Lately, though, Charl has had to put many ministry opportunities on hold. Their family vehicle is hindering their ability to get out and seize ministry opportunities. They’ve repaired it many times, but at some point, it becomes more fiscally responsible to look for a different vehicle.
A Reliable Vehicle is Vital
With the high crime rate, an unreliable ride is not just an inconvenience. Being stranded roadside -which has happened many times already – is dangerous for a family.
Being stranded roadside exposes them to marauders and thieves while they wait for assistance.
This isn’t a situation they feel comfortable taking their children into.
This Risk is Almost Eliminated
The van Wyks are looking for a simple but extremely dependable vehicle. In South Africa, a late model used Toyota van that can accommodate the whole family, costs about USD21,000.00 (subject to exchange rates, of course).
They are about two thirds of the way to reaching their goal.
Soon they’ll be able to eliminate this safety hazard and pursue more ministry opportunities!
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