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.
A group of believers has 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.
The Stone Hill wrestling team surprised everyone by winning the championship!
Through activities and relationships built while doing them, 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.
Stone Hill youth connect with believers through outreach activities.
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.
- Build relationships with the people of Stone Hill, through generosity and activities.
- Declare and demonstrate God's Kingdom through relationships.
- Prayer for hearts open to the gospel in Stone Hill.
- Prayer for protection of those living in and those serving in Stone Hill.
- Funds to continue operating programs and outreaches, including the outreach facility.
In part 3, Charl and Steve Evers are chatting about a practicing witch’s observation of the power of the ministry in Stone Hill, what happened when one of the believing young men in Stone Hill was commanded by his fathers to make a sacrifice to his ancestors, the surprising response of youth in Stone Hill when invited out to lunch after their wrestling competition, and three things we can hold up in prayer for Charl and his ministry.
“I’m sorry. We’re closed,” said Dr. Kuhn as he locked the doors to the Medical Clinic. The man who had approached him as he was leaving had said his son had a headache. It had been a long day for Dr. Kuhn, and he was ready to get home. He turned to walk away. But the story doesn’t end there.
When 11th grader, Rea, handed in his report, the teacher blurted, “This is not your project! You’ve never done anything like this before!” Rea hadn’t cheated, but his spirits weren’t dampened…
ITMI’s Charl van Wyk interviews Mabuti and Tanki, two young men from Stone Hill whose lives have been irreversibly impacted through the outreaches of Charl’s church. (The church also pastored by ITMI’s Mark Parris.) In Charl’s podcast, you’ll discover Mabuti and Tanki’s remarkable story that starts with Cozmore accidentally initiating the movement in Stone Hill.
Many of you already know that being a part of what God is doing in Stone Hill, South Africa has been and continues to be an amazing experience. Here’s 5 big things He has done in South Africa, and now we’re adding one more!
Charl reviews all that he and his partners have seen the Lord do this year (a pretty astounding list!), Cozmore has big news, Charl reveals what he and his co-workers in Zimbabwe are in “big trouble” for (its actually a good thing), and Charl shares some inspiration for avoiding discouragement.