ITMI’s Mark and Cindi Parris and Durbanville Community Church have identified breaking the negative cycle of poor education as a key opportunity to effect significant change in underdeveloped communities in the Western Cape, South Africa. Starting in Stone Hill, this initiative would set up a tutoring center where South African youth from two impoverished settlements can access an entire curriculum for grades 1-12, individualized for them delivered via videos on tablets. In other communities where this system has been used, the students’ grades have improved dramatically, allowing them to pass their respective year levels and eventually be able to study after school.
ITMI partners, Kelly and Cherise Smith bless school children in Zulu Natal, South Africa each year at Christmas time, with a fun event exposing them to the Christmas story and giving them a gift, often the only Christmas gift they’ve ever received.
Stone Hill is a squatter’s camp outside Durbanville, South Africa, where daily life includes violence and hardship. A group of believers, including ITMI’s Charl van Wyk and Mark Parris, are prayerfully and actively seeking to change that. They have set up facilities where they can hold weekly outreach actives, build relationships with the youth through which they are declaring and demonstrating the gospel.
The Bikes and Bibles Fund goes to directly purchase bibles and bikes for ITMI partner, Charl van Wyk to deliver, empowering African evangelists and pastors to evangelize and disciple more people within their newly-expanded reach.
The Le Roux family bless their town of Onseepkans, South Africa through development projects, hosting a weekly gathering of kids at their home, leading, equipping and encouraging the local church while declaring and demonstrating the Gospel.
Mark and Cindi shepherd Durbanville Community Church in South Africa, leading the church to demonstrate and declare the gospel to impoverished communities nearby. Through the efforts of their congregation, the Gospel has been planted and is flourishing in the impoverished community of Stone Hill and Khayelitsha.
Kelly and Cherise Smith minister in the area of Zulu Natal South Africa, an area widely and deeply affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The Smiths are ministering through local schools, social services and a local church, as well as by using their property, 7 Rivers Farm to change lives and offer hope.
Charl van Wyk is a full-time missionary and the best-selling author of ‘Shooting Back – The Right and Duty of Self-Defense’. Currently, Charl is working to grow a Christian university, school and church in Central Africa, supporting African pastors with Bibles and bikes, and is a patron of the Organization for Peace and Conflict Resolution in Congo. He speaks internationally and has had numerous newspaper, magazine, radio and television interviews.