The Need

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.

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Stone Hill settlement, outside Cape Town, South Africa.

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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.

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Stone Hill girls with their crafts.

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The Stone Hill wrestling team surprised everyone by winning the championship!

Description

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, South Africa, Charl van Wyk

Stone Hill youth connect with believers through outreach activities.

Stone Hill, South Africa, Charl van Wyk

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.

 

Goals

  • Build relationships with the people of Stone Hill, through generosity and activities. 
  • Declare and demonstrate God's Kingdom through relationships. 

Needs

  • 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. 

Who’s Involved

  • ITMI's Charl van Wyk partners with many other believers to reach Stone Hill with the Good News. 
  • ITMI's Mark Parris is the pastor of Durbanville Community Church to which many of the believers who serve Stone Hill belong. 

Latest News

How a Sermon Saved an 11-Year-Old Boy from Meningitis

Stone Hill, South Africa

“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.

The Novelty of Building Blocks and Puzzles

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…

52 Futures Brightened!

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Chantal Romashoe moved to Stone Hill in January. As an 11th grader, starting in the middle of the year, her obstacles to graduation were formidable. Would she graduate? Or would she join the 60% of South African students who do not finish school?

From Town Drunkard to Community Servant Leader (Podcast Episode)

Stone Hill, South Africa, Charl van Wyk

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.

Stone Hill Early Childhood Development Center Opens!!!

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!

An Inspiring Word and an Exciting Review of 2017 from Charl

Charl van Wyk, South Africa

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.

A Simple and Cost-effective Solution to a Complex Problem

South Africa, Charl van Wyk, Stone Hill, Mark Parris

Yonela pressed her fingertips into the corners of her eyes. She ran them across her dark eyebrows and shook her head in fatigue and frustration. From the front of the South African high school classroom, her algebra teacher was explaining a complicated concept in Afrikaans, Yonela’s third language. At home, Yonela speaks Xhosa and English.  Yonela was desperately trying…

Dear Team: Dream Big, Ask Boldly

Charl van Wyk, Steve Evers,

This might be a small thing, but it tickled me. I should have known better when ITMI’s Charl van Wyk asked me how many thumb drives we had. Charl doesn’t look at things like most people. He…

July 2017 Newsbites – Piotr Gets Some Unexpected News, Charl Has an Exciting Announcement and Paul and Molly Celebrate Summer Outreaches!

News bites

Piotr gets some unexpected news, Charl has an exciting announcement, Paul and Molly celebrate summer outreaches, K5N is sending a team to Bulgaria this month, and now’s the time to schedule a meet-up with Timothy Keller for this fall!

An Important Message and a Limited Time Offer!

Stone Hill, South Africa

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!