Without access to books and written materials, many believers don't even own their own Bible!
And their pastor might not, either.
In fact, though incredibly sincere, he may have only been saved recently himself!
Without discipleship or examples of how a life is lived in light of God's Word and truth, it isn't unheard of for someone to become saved and simply continue old religious customs and ways of life while changing the name of the deity to "Jesus."
Charl van Wyk is a bold and courageous fighter.
He fights for justice.
He fights for God's truth.
He fights to protect the innocent and weak.
He fights to see God's Kingdom and its goodness advance while evil retreats.
Charl uses both words and actions to declare and demonstrate God's truths - from radio interviews and published articles to prayer vigils to discipleship and leadership training.
Stone Hill is a squatter camp outside of Cape Town, South Africa. The youth of Stone Hill are incredibly hardened by the depravity of their culture.
Alcohol, drugs, theft, stabbings and rape are common occurrences in their everyday lives.
Stone Hill settlement, outside Cape Town, South Africa.
Run down shacks like this one are the only thing that stands between most Stone Hill families and the damp, cold South African winter.
Most girls are encouraged by their mother to have sex before marriage and give birth, thus proving their fertility.
Homes are filled with illegitimate children who have no idea who their father is. If there is a man in the home, he is probably their mother’s boyfriend.
One young man was set on fire in a revenge attack and another was stabbed to death over a cigarette.
The van Wyk family is part of a group of believers who spearhead discipleship opportunities for the youth of Stone Hill using activities like wrestling, soccer, handball and crafts as catalysts to build relationships with the youth.
Stone Hill girls with their crafts.
Stone Hill youth connect with believers through these activities.
Through these activities, the youth are learning that they have value. They are discovering how a trustworthy, godly adult lives. They experience the novelty of safe relationships. They encounter Jesus through His people.
New shacks built by believers are a big upgrade for many Stone Hill families.
Enjoy this 3 minute video of Charl telling the story of Stone Hill.
Empowering and Equipping Pastors
Charl makes frequent trips to Zambia and the DRC Congo, where he encourages the local believers - who many times don't have contact with the outside world due to the estrangement that comes with a war-torn infrastructure.
These trips are also for discipling local pastors and church leaders, as well as preaching, teaching and delivering Bibles and discipleship materials.
One especially effective delivery item has been bicycles for local pastors and evangelists, enabling them to bike to an unreached village nearby and share the gospel with them. This is made possible through Charl's Bibles and Bikes Fund.
Bicycles are a cost-effective way to reach many with the gospel!
Charl van Wyk with African pastors and their new bikes!
Boldly Standing for Truth
Through organizing prayer vigils, marches, protests and rallies, speaking, writing and teaching, Charl has seen pornography removed from shelves, crisis pregnancy centers open, medical personnel refusing to perform abortions, and dial-a-porn services canceled as a result of their efforts.
As an influential and sought after author and speaker, Charl spreads truth boldly and effectively. As the Assistant Director of Frontline Fellowship and Director of Africa Christian Action, Charl is:
Author of “Shooting Back: The Right and Duty of Self-Defence.”
Presenter of Salt and Light weekly radio program
Editor of Firearm News
Manager of Christian Liberty Books
Well-read and well-spoken, Charl is always ready to speak truth on many important issues. In this interview, he addresses cultural challenges and applies insightful Biblical truths.
In 1993, Charl was worshipping with his church on a Sunday when terrorists entered the building and opened gunfire on the congregation. This incident later became known as the St. James Massacre.
Charl used his firearm to return fire, valiantly protecting those around him. Surprised by someone "Shooting Back" the attack was diffused quickly and many lives were saved.
Charl received a citation from General Acker of the South African Police for his courage under fire.
Charl's courage and subsequent graciousness toward his attackers has yielded him several opportunities to witness to his attackers - he even got to share God's good news about forgiveness at one of their conventions!
Several of the leaders of this terrorist group received Christ as a result of their relationship with Charl.
Charl explains and demonstrates God's forgiveness at a conference full of terrorists who attacked his church.
Charl shares Jesus with the terrorists who once attacked his church.
Charl offering forgiveness and a Bible to one of the men who attacked his church.
- Help the church in the Dominican Republic of Congo to be prepared to take up the challenge of a new political dispensation.
- Help Zambian believers work to see their country remain constitutionally a Christian nation, despite much attack.
- Lead South African Christians in influencing South African government policy until it reflects Biblical values.
- Funds to purchase bicycles for the church pastors in Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Funds to expand the outreaches in Stone Hill, South Africa.
- Personal support for Charl and his family.
If stewardship is important to you, if you’d like maximize your impact, if you like tax deductions – and making a real difference at the same time, if the plight of the poor and marginalized are on your heart but you don’t know what to do about it; then this is the opportunity you’ve been looking for!
Gerhard le Roux and four of his kids took their sheep to pasture in the typical way, but what happened next was anything but typical.
One young man arrived on crutches from an injury he suffered in a crocodile attack. Thankfully, he wasn’t alone during the attack.In a vicious fight his friends clung to his upper body and arms while the croc clutched his foot before the friends finally won out. Medical staff managed to save his foot and toes.
“Why do the men sit on one side and the women on the other?”
Years ago, ITMI’s founder, Bill Bathman and his travel companion, Don Christiansen were in a Romanian church. This particular group of believers held long-standing traditions that had gotten them through the persecution of the Communism and the scarcity of the aftermath that followed.
But after the Iron Curtain came down, Don wondered why they sat the way they did. Was it to keep everyone from being distracted? Was it their sense of modesty and propriety?
Which country holds the historical record for the most zeros on a printed note? Hint: the title photo is a well-known feature on the border of this country. The answer is…
ITMI partner, Charl van Wyk, his friend and ministry partner, Cozmore, and the other believers ministering in Stone Hill, an impoverished squatters’ camp outside Cape Town, South Africa, arranged for 20 young boys from the settlement to go to a camp last summer. Their response to the camp was…
It’s exhilarating to see something great accomplished. Especially when that something is a big endeavor, the kind only God can pull off. The kind that truly makes the world a better place. And that’s what makes today’s news such cause for celebration.
Charl and Cozmore brave the roads in a small car to a tiny village in Zambia. Read their story!
Recently, they took 20 of the young men from Stone Hill to a church-owned camping facility. “The excitement was almost too much for them…”
Ever come up against a road block that seems impassable. Gone head first into a wall that looms unsurmountable? Faced an impossible situation or expectation? Read this.
Many ITMI partners use Christmas time as a way to bless their communities as well as reach them with the gospel. Here’s a list of all of them in one place!
ITMI partner, Charl van Wyk, has given his life to this cause. He teaches and preaches the Gospel all over Africa, evangelizing and discipling God’s people and those who haven’t yet joined the family of God.He’s published books. He’s done exegesis on his culture. He’s lectured. He’s preached. He’s gotten his hands dirty. His life has been threatened. Here are three incredible opportunities to partner with Charl to see the good news reach Africans with the life-changing message.
ITMI’s Charl van Wyk recently gave an informal talk about the cultural differences between Africa and the West. Enlightening and lighthearted, this half-hour talk will help you understand ITMI’s stories better, give insight into ITMI partners’ lives, expand your global view. Enjoy!