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One cannot explain in words our gratitude towards the loyal supporters of ITMI for all their commitment over the years.

When ITMI Director, Steve Evers visited Stone Hill, Dr. Kuhn expressed his desire to…

One way our partners at Onseepkans Mission have felt the Lord leading them to reach their community with the Gospel is by baking bread to distribute to the needy families among their community. Distributing bread meets an immediate, felt need and gives the le Rouxs the opportunity to share about the the Bread of Life that satisfies eternally.

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Celebrating 10 Years in Onseepkans with Gratitude

One cannot explain in words our gratitude towards the loyal supporters of ITMI for all their commitment over the years.

7 Reasons ITMI Partners are Giving Thanks

When ITMI Director, Steve Evers visited Stone Hill, Dr. Kuhn expressed his desire to…

Onseepkans, South Africa

How You Can Help Reach the Needy for Under Ten Dollars

One way our partners at Onseepkans Mission have felt the Lord leading them to reach their community with the Gospel is by baking bread to distribute to the needy families among their community. Distributing bread meets an immediate, felt need and gives the le Rouxs the opportunity to share about the the Bread of Life that satisfies eternally.

“I can’t afford groceries this month,” Onthalie* mumbled, her eyes were glued to the tops of her shoes as she confessed her situation…

Adanna (name changed for privacy) stared at her four-year-old grandson. His eyes were turned up at her earnestly. He had just uttered the words that would mark a critical turning point in her life.

While we struggled to overcome the challenges that we now were facing, the rest of the mission’s activities continued. People came for help as usual and one day I noticed one such gentleman sitting with a bucket full of…

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Project Joseph: Sharing the Gospel through Food in South Africa and Zambia

“I can’t afford groceries this month,” Onthalie* mumbled, her eyes were glued to the tops of her shoes as she confessed her situation…

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5 Years Later: The Difference Discipleship Makes

Adanna (name changed for privacy) stared at her four-year-old grandson. His eyes were turned up at her earnestly. He had just uttered the words that would mark a critical turning point in her life.

A Surprise Revealed by a House Fire 10 Years Ago Inspires an Outreach

While we struggled to overcome the challenges that we now were facing, the rest of the mission’s activities continued. People came for help as usual and one day I noticed one such gentleman sitting with a bucket full of…

THE CONTEXT

Onseepkans, South Africa is in the Northern Cape area of South Africa. There is very little economic opportunity, so many of its inhabitants are impoverished and live on social grants from the government.

Alcohol and substance abuse are rampant, both reflecting and exacerbating the hopelessness many feel.

Onseepkans, South Africa, le Roux

Onseepkans, South Africa

Onseepkans, South Africa, le Roux

With so few followers of Jesus in the area, many in the area don't know that they need Jesus and that He loves and cares for them enough to want a relationship with them.

Gerhard and Elmane le Roux were called by the Lord to minister in the Northern Cape area, where they set up Onseepkans Mission to reach the community for Christ.

They serve where the Lord brings opportunities in the community. In the past, that has meant serving the elderly, youth and kids' outreaches, and a hospitality ministry.

le Roux, Onseepkans, South Africa

The le Roux family (two of their children not pictured).

WHAT YOUR SUPPORT DOES

Provides a Shepherd

Support of Onseepkans Mission provides a Bible-believing and Bible-following shepherd for local believers, who worship on Sundays with the le Roux family.

Reaches the Hurting with the Gospel

Through Onseepkans Mission, the le Roux family demonstrate and declare the Gospel to the suffering and hurting.

Shapes Young Lives with the Bible

Onseepkans Mission reaches the community through kids' programs such as Chess Club, Kids' Club and Pottery classes. They adapt to what the kids of the community are interested to build relationships and share the Gospel.

HISTORY

Years ago, Gerhard and Elmane le Roux opened their home to abused children which the local officials would leave in their care.  They added three children to their original five and became a family of ten.

They lived on Moreson Farm with a community of co-laborers that together worked for the spreading of the Gospel.

Gerhard le Roux's heart has long been soft for the plight of those living in the Northern Cape area.  In 2010, he went along with a team of people from Moreson Farm on a short-term mission trip to the Northern Cape area, where they served the local schools and churches.

He returned home and told his family he felt the Lord was calling them to the Northern Cape.

The Lord provided a place in Onseepkans, and the family responded to God's calling.  They uprooted from Moreson Farm and moved to Onseepkans, where they currently live and minister.

Onseepkans, South Africa, le Roux

Onseepkans, South Africa is in the Northern Cape area, near the Namibia border.

Onseepkans Mission, South Africa

Onseepkans Mission

“We spent this past weekend officiating a funeral, which is normal for our ministry team to do once – sometimes twice each month.  It has even happened, a few times, where there’s two in one weekend.”

The Community Police Forum (CPF) and police are meeting with the principal of the local school to discuss some issues regarding transport of the schoolchildren, but soon the meeting changed to a familiar tone I have heard so many times. “What are there for these children to do? They are idle! There are no activities to keep them busy! Nobody is making any extra effort to help these children! If I were in their shoes, I would also do the wrong things that they are doing!”

As Christmas is approaching, I am reminded of a story about a young girl who grew up in a very influential family, but at a young age decided to dedicate her life to Christ. This decision unfortunately for her meant choosing Christ above her family. She left home and went to the mission station through whom she met Christ. Her elder brother came looking for her and found her working in the cowshed. He was very upset and scolded her: “How can you work in a place like this? You put your family to shame!” She responded…

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What You May Not Know About Funerals in South Africa

“We spent this past weekend officiating a funeral, which is normal for our ministry team to do once – sometimes twice each month.  It has even happened, a few times, where there’s two in one weekend.”

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How a Small Community of Migrant Farmers on the Orange River Got a Chess Club

The Community Police Forum (CPF) and police are meeting with the principal of the local school to discuss some issues regarding transport of the schoolchildren, but soon the meeting changed to a familiar tone I have heard so many times. “What are there for these children to do? They are idle! There are no activities to keep them busy! Nobody is making any extra effort to help these children! If I were in their shoes, I would also do the wrong things that they are doing!”

Onseepkans, South Africa, gerhard le roux

Disowned from Wealth and Comfort, Blessed to Smell the Cows with Jesus

As Christmas is approaching, I am reminded of a story about a young girl who grew up in a very influential family, but at a young age decided to dedicate her life to Christ. This decision unfortunately for her meant choosing Christ above her family. She left home and went to the mission station through whom she met Christ. Her elder brother came looking for her and found her working in the cowshed. He was very upset and scolded her: “How can you work in a place like this? You put your family to shame!” She responded…

Gerhard and Elmane le Roux have 10 children in their care. You read that right. 10. They have as many adopted and fostered children as biological children. Most recently, they added an orphaned set of twins – a boy and a girl – to their brood of 8. Being joyfully willing to accept responsibility for a life is always an extension of God’s love and provision, and an exercise of faith.

It wasn’t your typical team of short-term missionaries. This team of young men…

Onseepkans, South Africa

One Big Step of Faith Provides an Unexpected Opportunity to Bless

Gerhard and Elmane le Roux have 10 children in their care. You read that right. 10. They have as many adopted and fostered children as biological children. Most recently, they added an orphaned set of twins – a boy and a girl – to their brood of 8. Being joyfully willing to accept responsibility for a life is always an extension of God’s love and provision, and an exercise of faith.

A Crack in the Citadel of Fatalism

It wasn’t your typical team of short-term missionaries. This team of young men…