Next week marks the beginning of a new academic year at our Bible College, and we are thrilled to share some exciting news. Bay Baptist Bible College is expanding its presence with the opening of a new branch, conveniently located near our city center. To make this vision a reality, we seek your support in raising $32,000 within the next 40 days for the purchase of the new property and buildings.
Your prayers are greatly appreciated and needed. The new branch is situated just a street away from our Christian School, offering a more central and accessible location for both our students and pastors. This strategic move allows us to enhance convenience compared to our current Camp Rhino campus on the outskirts of town. While our facilities at Camp Rhino will continue to serve various purposes, the primary campus is shifting to a more centralized location in town. Your partnership in this move is needed, and we appreciate your support in making our vision a reality.
Prayer Requests & Praise
11 teens made professions of faith during Teen Camp last month. Thank you so much for praying and for donating.
Please pray for our Bible College students who start classes on February 12th.
Please also pray for missionaries Kevin & Corli Hall, who are the pioneer missionaries working here in South Africa. They are currently serving at Kuyga Baptist Church, and Kevin also heads up the Bible College ministry. Additionally, he is cursed to be my first cousin:)
Pray also for missionaries Noah & Tristan Wilkerson. It appears that they will be coming to South Africa for their first two years on the field for training and to allow their baby Alainey to gain more strength before heading to Mozambique. The healthcare in South Africa is much better suited to handle Alainey’s needs, and this arrangement will also allow the Wilkersons to stay connected to Mozambique, which is a neighboring country. They hope to arrive here in April.
Quick Updates & Needs
Our summer camp season was a great success at Camp Rhino. Thirty-three young people came to know Christ, and we experienced the best turnout from our church members volunteering as counselors during our camps. The year 2024 is anticipated to be our best at Camp Rhino yet, marking the first time we have an event booked every month since the inception of the camp.
Our daughter, Emilee, left this past week for the States and will be traveling to Argentina in just a few days to start her six-month internship. It was fantastic having her here for six weeks, and we look forward to her time in South America. Please continue to pray for her during this period.
Happy New Year from our family to yours. We can’t thank you enough for your prayers and financial support that enables us to be here in South Africa. We are very privileged.
The four adults pictured above with Amy and I were baptized in December. Seeing them take the next step of obedience made for a terrific day at Lighthouse Baptist Church. We’re praying during this new year we will see many more trust Christ and make a public profession as these did.
We were thankful to have Tim and Jessica Johnson from Southside Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN here on their survey trip. Tim was also the main speaker during our Junior Camp and the Lord used him. Pray for this dear family as they start deputation this coming March.
As the Africa Field Director, I travel back to the States every year to teach at our Missions annual orientation. I will be back March & April for this trip and if you would like me to come by your church please let me know. I’ll be reporting back to churches and working to raise extra support that will help with Camp Rhino and the Rhino Youth Home expenses.
Prayer Request & Praise
22 Juniors made professions of faith during Junior camp last month. Thank you so much for praying and for donating.
We had our greatest turnout of counselors from our fellowship of churches. The next few years look very bright with many more of our young people wanting to be a part of the camp ministry.
Pray as we have Teen Camp the 2nd week of January. We’re praying for souls to be saved and for at least 5 young people to surrender to ministry and start Bible College.
Pray for our missionaries in Nigeria, Graham and Olivia Young. They started their furlough earlier than expected after finding out they were expecting their first baby. We’re excited about this news and just ask you to pray as Olivia is a Type 1 Diabetic which makes her pregnancy more high-risk.
Missionaries Jacob and Christen Clower plan to land in Mozambique this month but are being held up with their invitation letter. Pray this comes through soon. They were expected to have it long before now.
Our daughter Emilee arrived a couple of weeks ago and it has been great having her here before she starts her internship in Argentina in February. Thanks again to all those who gave to help her.
January 9-12 are the dates for our Teen Camp and we are still seeking a sponsor for each of our campers, with the cost of the camp approximately $50 per person. We had 88 campers for Junior camp and are expecting around 100 during our teen camp. Many gave to cover about 50 campers so far. We can still use your help. Donate through PayPal or through Vision Baptist Missions.
Join us for an exciting adventure at our upcoming summer camps! The Junior Camp is set for December 12-14, while the Teen Camp will take place from January 9-12. Each camper requires a sponsor, and with a cost of approximately $50 per person, your support can make a meaningful impact.
We are reaching out to seek sponsors for our campers and would greatly appreciate your assistance. With over 200 participants expected across both camps, we estimate a total cost of around $5000. Your contribution will not only help cover the expenses but also contribute to creating memorable experiences for these young individuals.
If you’re interested in being a part of this enriching journey or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Your generosity can make a significant difference in the lives of these campers, and we look forward to the possibility of your support.
We’re entering Summer time here in South Africa. Things start to slow down in the country with many people traveling back to their homelands and businesses shutting down for the holiday season. During this time we usually see a reduction in church attendance but are praying we reach new people who have no place to go for the holidays.
The country may be slowing down but the ministry isn’t. December is the start of our summer camps at Camp Rhino.
New things are being added now for camp this year including 3 new large mud pits that will add in new competitions. It will be a muddy time for sure. We’re also introducing a new (rented) giant water slide for our swimming pool. I believe the kids will be amazed as they drive onto our property in a few days.
Pray as we seek to impact these young people through the preaching and teaching of God’s word. Pray for our counselors as they mentor their cabins. They are the key to a successful week of camp.
Prayer Request & Praise
Pray for our son Chase and his wife Ashley as they are working to get back to South Africa. They are having visa issues and are anxiously wanting to return to continue their language school studies.
Several from Rocklands High School trusted Christ during their 15 days at Camp Rhino. Pray as we work to minister to these students and be praying for the Senior class that plans to be at Camp Rhino next year for 30 days preparing for their final exams.
We have three adults planning to be baptized this Sunday at Lighthouse Baptist Church. Pray as we want to see spiritual and physical growth in all the churches we work with.
Pray for Nate and Emilee Wilkerson who are heading to Benin, West Africa in January. They are the first missionaries with our mission board to enter this needy country. We are looking forward to new territory opening up to the Gospel.
December 12-14 marks our summer junior camp, and our summer teen camp is scheduled for January 9-12. We are seeking a sponsor for each of our campers, with the cost of the camp approximately $50 per person. We anticipate having over 200 campers during our two camps, which will amount to a total cost of around $5000. Your help is very much appreciated.
My daughter Emilee, has raised all the funds for her upcoming 6-month internship in Argentina. This internship is the final step in her bachelor’s degree from the Our Generation Training Center. I want to thank everyone who has prayed and given to help make this trip possible. Please continue to pray as she heads to Argentina in February.
We look forward to this year’s summer camps at Camp Rhino starting in just a few weeks. We are privileged to have Tim Johnson from Southside Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN preaching for us during Junior Camp.
Pray we don’t hinder the Lord from working in a big way this summer.
If you would be interested in sponsoring one of our 200+ campers at $50 a piece go to one of the following links:
Fifty high school seniors from a local public high school are currently residing at Camp Rhino, which has been rented out by the high school for 15 days. Their daily schedule is packed with classes and study sessions in preparation for their final exams. As part of the agreement to rent our property, we have been given the privilege of daily chapel services with the students.
This arrangement serves as a test run to gauge our interest in future collaborations with schools, and so far, it has exceeded our expectations. Just today, four young people responded to the invitation for salvation.
Our team of dedicated pastors and missionaries is deeply appreciative of the opportunity to minister to these young minds daily. For many of these teenagers, this may be the first time they have heard a clear presentation of the Gospel, as they have grown up surrounded by religion but have not been exposed to the true message of the Gospel.
Prayer Requests & Praise
Pray for our son Luke and his new bride Adri. We had a great time being back in the States for their wedding and look forward to seeing how the Lord uses them as they continue in Bible college and prepare for full-time ministry.
We just had a group here with Evangelist Ethan LeCroy and his M.I.T. Team. During their mission trip, we saw over 20 people make professions of faith. We believe some from the group will give their lives to full-time missions, and we’re praying for those who trusted Christ to grow in their new faith.
Please pray for my daughter Emilee, who is raising funds for her upcoming 6-month internship in Argentina. This internship is the final step in her bachelor’s degree from the Our Generation Training Center, she’s set to leave in February. Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated as she prepares for this trip.
Quick Updates & Needs
During our mini junior camp in October, we had 14 campers trust Christ as their Savior.
December 11-14 is our summer junior camp and our summer teen camp is January 9-12. We need a sponsor for each of our campers. The cost of the camp is approx. $50 per person. If you are interested in helping please let me know.
Missionary Lynette Osborn with BIMI has arrived after raising her full support and we’ve already seen her impact in the Rhino Youth Home and Camp Rhino ministries. We are very thankful God sent her our way.
It looks like we will be adding a 14-year-old girl in December to our youth home. Pray for wisdom as we manage this growth.
As we work to expand our churches and equip young men and women for ministry, our hearts remain deeply burdened by the call of world evangelism. We are genuinely committed to actively spreading the Gospel to the world in our generation.
Over the past year, we have witnessed a significant number of individuals expressing a strong desire to become more involved in foreign missions, particularly after their time in South Africa. Through visits from mission teams and short-term interns, God has graciously opened their eyes to the pressing needs of our world. We firmly believe that many of these individuals will answer the call to serve on the mission field full-time in the years ahead.
Our sincere hope is to welcome more groups to come and witness firsthand the work the Lord is accomplishing here. We anticipate that their visit may ignite a fire within them, inspiring a greater commitment to spreading the Gospel in our generation. Please join us in prayer as we expand our internship opportunities and prepare to host several groups in the upcoming year. Our heartfelt plea is for God to raise up an army of dedicated laborers while there is still time.
As these visitors explore our churches, youth homes, camp ministry, and schools, we pray that they depart with an unwavering passion for reaching the lost, unlike anything they have ever experienced before.
Prayer Request & Praise
Pray as Amy, Addison, & I head back to the States for my son Luke’s wedding. Amy left yesterday to be at a pre-wedding “shower” but Addi and I don’t leave until September 11th. Pray for us as we try to survive without Amy:)
Please be praying for Jacob & Christian Clower as they finish up their last few months of support raising. Their planned arrival in Mozambique is set for January, and I look forward to seeing the work the Lord has planned for them in this needy country.
Please pray for my daughter Emilee, who is raising funds for her upcoming 6-month internship in Argentina. This internship is the final step in her bachelor’s degree from the Our Generation Training Center, and she’s set to leave in February. Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated as she prepares for this trip.
Quick Updates & Needs
My son Luke & his fiancee Adri marry on September 24th.
Missionary Lynette Osborn arrives on September 8th to help full-time here at Camp Rhino. We are looking forward to having her here. We believe she will be a great addition to the Project South Africa team.
As our youth home continues to expand, the need for improved transportation becomes increasingly evident. Pray as we work to meet this need.
I want to present to you Josh and Morgan Barton from Southside Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN.
Josh & Morgan just recently started raising support to be missionaries to the country of Mozambique. We were privileged to have Josh and Morgan do an internship in South Africa for three months earlier this year. They did a great job diving into ministry and making a positive impact on our people. While their time here, they also discovered they are expecting twins
The Bartons are on their way to one of the neediest countries in Africa. Mozambique has very few missionaries for the 32 million people that live there. We’re praying for the Bartons to raise their support quickly so they can begin learning the Portuguese language.
Would you pray for the Bartons as they travel? I can imagine that travel is a little more complicated when you’re expecting twins. Pray for especially for Morgan and her twins on the way (btw it’s a boy and a girl).
If you’re interested in having the Barton’s present their ministry you can contact Josh at 856-314-3293 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be in prayer for my family as we head back to the States for a month for my son Luke’s wedding. I will also use this time to raise support for our Rhino Youth Home.
Amy and I are very proud of our son Luke and his fiancee Adriana Bush. Luke and Adri were actually both born in the same hospital only 6 months apart in Arequipa, Peru, South America, while all of us parents were in language school together. We have been close friends with Adri’s parents, Jeff and Mindy Bush, since our days at Crown College in Knoxville, TN. Our oldest son Tyler has already married their oldest Bush daughter, Lydia, and now our youngest son is marrying their second daughter. Jeff serves as the President of our mission board, Vision Baptist Missions, and needless to say, we love and appreciate the Bush family very much.
Pray for these two as they begin this new journey together. We look very forward to seeing how the Lord uses them in years to come. They both have a heart for missions and are training at the Our Generation Training Center in Dawsonville, GA for full-time missions.
As we travel back to the States, I do have a few openings if you would be interested in having me present in your church. We leave South Africa on September 11th and head back on October 11th.
The Rhino Youth Home recently experienced a remarkable turn of events. One of our girls shared a situation involving her mother, which left her younger twin brothers without proper care. Concerns about their safety prompted us to intervene and bring them here. Welcoming the 11-year-old twin boys into our youth home, they seamlessly integrated and began attending classes at Bay Baptist Academy this past week. Our team and family, especially our daughter Addison, have warmly embraced them.
We ask for your prayers for Baphumze and Phumlani’s futures. Additionally, we seek your involvement in their journey ahead. Despite the unexpected nature of this situation, our response was a resounding “yes.” We will need assistance with school fees, clothing, food, and other essentials. Also, we will need a larger vehicle sooner rather than later. With unwavering trust in God’s provision, we are confident that these two young lives will grow in the Lord. Your prayers and support hold immense significance for us.
Prayer Request & Praise
Kindly keep Lighthouse Baptist Church in your prayers. Our congregation has experienced significant growth this year, with attendance averaging around 75 to 85 people each week, compared to last year’s average of about 20 to 25.
God is raising laborers for Africa. Josh and Morgan Barton are approved by our mission board, raising funds for their mission in Mozambique. For more details about this family, please reach out. An excellent partnership opportunity awaits. Praying for even more like them.
Please pray for my daughter Emilee, who is raising funds for her upcoming 6-month internship in Argentina. This internship is the final step in her bachelor’s degree from the Our Generation Training Center, and she’s set to leave in February. Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated as she prepares for this important journey.
Quick Updates & Needs
Welcoming the new twins into our fold, we’ve transitioned from solely a Teen Youth Home to a vibrant Children’s Home. This exciting expansion marks a fresh chapter in our ministry, and we eagerly anticipate the future possibilities it holds.
We’ve identified significant needs for Camp Rhino & the Rhino Youth Home:
15-passenger van – $25,000
Two new dorm rooms – $10,000
Tractor with backhoe – $25,000
Workshop enhancements – $8000
Prayers are vital for meeting these needs and advancing our mission. Your valued support is appreciated.