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.
Before we left for the US in February we made an updated version of our ministry video. The first one we did was hosted by our son Luke when he was 11 years old I believe. Things have changed a bit since then.
If you’ve never seen the first video you can check it out here.
We have a new teen girl, Asanda (pictured below), who has come into the Rhino Youth Home. She has been a faithful teen at one of our churches for many years but was kicked out of her abusive home a couple of weeks ago. She’s had to grow up in a very rough environment and we’re glad we can provide a safe haven for her. Pray for her as she adjusts and pray the Lord will use her in a big way.
Please be praying for the missions team coming from Southside Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN next month. During their mission trip, they will also be helping with our winter teen camp at Camp Rhino.
Please pray for my daughter Emilee who will be raising money for her 6-month internship in Argentina soon. This internship will be the last part of her bachelor’s degree from the Our Generation Training Center. She plans to leave for her internship in February.
During the first week of June, Amy and I will be traveling to Nigeria to visit our missionaries, Graham and Olivia Young. We’re looking forward to being with them and seeing the city they plan to start their first church in. Please keep them and the country of Nigeria in your prayers. It’s the largest populated country on the continent of Africa with very few missionaries. Pray for more laborers.
Listed are a few of the larger needs we have for Camp Rhino and the Youth Home. Pray the Lord will provide as He would like us to add them: additional Boys’ & Girls’ dorms $25,000 per dorm; Wood/Trades Work Shop Tools & Counters $8000; Tractor loader and backhoe $25,000; 15-passenger van $25,000.
Being back home here at Camp Rhino, at our churches, and at my bible studies these past few days has been very refreshing. We really miss our children in America, but we’re very glad to be back in South Africa.
At the end of May, we have a new intern, Noah, coming for 8 months that will be helping with the camp. He’s also here to see if this would be something the Lord would have him do full-time. Pray for the Lord to use and direct him during his time here. With his help, we’re looking forward to improving a lot of areas in the coming weeks.
As I’ve traveled to a few countries this past month in Africa, I’m challenged even more by the great need. My hope is that our team and ministries here in South Africa will help raise up and train new missionaries that will not only help us here in South Africa but be an evangelistic force all over Africa. There are so many great opportunities before us to start Bible-preaching churches, but the need for laborers is great.
This month comes with sadness and joy. Lisolethu, a 17-year-old boy who lived at our Youth Home for over 2 years, quickly passed away from Spinal Meningitis. His funeral was held this past Saturday. We praise the Lord that Liso made a profession of faith and I believe we’ll see him again soon. Even after leaving the Youth Home this past December, he continued being faithful to church and inviting his friends to church. Liso will be missed very much.
There are many just like Liso who die young but don’t have a Bible-preaching church in their community. We must keep going, and we must continue raising up more people to reach the billions who still haven’t heard a clear presentation of the Gospel. I pray Liso’s death will be a catalyst for many to be more serious about reaching the lost.
This has been a hard time for our team at Camp Rhino, our churches, and also my family. We were all very close to Liso, and being so far away from the ministry during this time has also been more difficult. Thankfully we return to South Africa tomorrow.
Prayer Request & Praise
Pray for our family as we return to South Africa tomorrow, April 27th. We look forward to being home, but leaving our son Luke on this side will be hard. We arrived in South Africa in 2013 with all five of our children and now we’re returning with just one, our 12-year-old daughter Addison.
Pray for Nate and Emily Wilkerson with the birth of their beautiful new daughter Alaska. I was privileged to be in Burkina Faso when she was born a few weeks ago. Also, pray for the Wilkersons as they finish language school and head to the country of Benin soon.
With the death of Liso, I’m burdened with the work of our Youth Home now more than ever. Pray as we continue ministering to the teens we have and pray that we will have wisdom in accepting new ones.
Congratulations to my son Luke who just proposed to his girlfriend Adriana Bush. Luke and Adri have been dating for quite some time and we are thrilled about Adria being a part of our family. Their plan is to get married this coming September.
My trip to Mozambique and Burkina Faso was fantastic. I’m excited about the potential our new missionary team has in Mozambique and I was blown away by the work our missionaries are doing in Burkina Faso. God is using them to make an amazing impact in their cities.
Last week I was honored to be a part of Vision Baptist Mission’s annual orientation. We have a good number of new missionaries heading to the field soon. Getting to spend time with these new missionaries is one of my favorite weeks of the year. Please pray for them.
Summer camp season has ended. From our junior and teens camps, we saw 61 young people make professions of faith in Jesus Christ. What a fantastic time with all our Camp Rhino workers and our volunteers from the States. This was definitely one of the best camp seasons in our short 4-year history.
Over the past 4 years, we have been able to operate almost debt-free due to generous gifts from churches and individuals. All our property and buildings are paid off. This year we are hoping to start raising monthly support for Camp Rhino that will enable us to plan for more building projects and cover the actual camp, youth home, and bible college costs. Right now we’re spending at least $2000 a month just for basic upkeep and expenses.
If your church would be interested in making Camp Rhino part of your monthly mission budget we would be very grateful. We pray that this camp and training ministry will continue to aid in more churches being started all over Africa.
Prayer Requests & Praise
We saw 10 girls and 15 boys trust Christ during our teen camps. We had 68 teen boys the first week and 52 teen girls the 2nd week. School schedules limited our numbers a bit, but we still had great camps.
Pray for Lighthouse Baptist Church. We’ve made it past the normal summer slump and had a great attendance of 50 people this past week. I’m praying we will average over 100 by the end of the year. We also had two men trust Christ after the morning service to start the new year off right.
Pray for our son Luke who will be going back to live in the States in February. He will be working and getting ready for Bible College in September. Any time our kids leave is a difficult time for us parents. We need your prayers as well:)
Interns Josh and Morgan Barton arrived to start their 3-month internship. The Barton’s believe the Lord may be leading them to the neighboring country of Mozambique after their internship. Pray as they finish up their last months.
Missionaries Noah & Tristan Wilkerson’s little girl Alainey has been making good progress. Please continue to pray for her and the long road ahead.
We’re heading back to the States on February 6 until April 26th with our son and to be a part of VBM’s annual orientation. We’re praying for this to be a productive time for recruiting, teaching, and fundraising.
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“Nobody broke a bone or was seriously injured in any way.” That’s always an excellent statement to hear after a week of junior camps, especially after a few new camp games were added that might have raised the possibility of injury a bit. Our junior summer camps at Camp Rhino have come to an end and we had a fantastic time.
Young people were saved and our counselors and staff did a tremendous job ministering to all the campers.
Thank you all who have given or plan to give to make these camps possible. We couldn’t do it without your sacrifices. We’re gearing up for our teen camps in a couple of weeks and can’t wait to see what the Lord does.
It was very exciting to have our first 3 graduates from the Bay Baptist Bible College finish their Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies. Two of these men are pastors and the third is on deputation for Mozambique. God is good! Pray for more laborers to be raised up and sent out.
Merry Christmas to all. Please pray for our 2 boys and their spouses, and for Emilee, who are back in the States. Not being with them during this time is a little hard, but they are all doing well. Praise the Lord.
Our churches are doing well in spite of the low attendance because of the summer holiday season here in South Africa.
Josh and Hannah Dalporto arrived from The Wild’s Camp in NC and are here to assist us for 3 months.
We have another couple arriving for a 3-month internship in January and also 7 young people from a supporting church who will be here the month of January to be involved in the ministry.
Contact me if you are interested in a short or long-term internship. We would love to have you.
Please be in prayer for our missionaries to Mozambique, Noah & Tristan Wilkerson, and their new baby Alainey. Alainey was born with several health issues and we’re asking the Lord to intervene.
23 junior boys trusted Christ this week along with 13 junior girls. Please pray for their growth in their new walk with Christ. Also, pray for each of the churches that are ministering to these young people.
Boys’ Teen Camp starts on January 4th, while the girls’ camp starts on the 10th. Pray God does something big in the lives of these young people.
Don’t miss out. The Our Generation Summit will take place at our Mission Board from December 29-31. If you would be interested in attending click here to get more information and also to sign up.
My wife’s ear surgery seems to have been a complete success. We won’t know for sure how much hearing she regained until next month, but things are sounding good, figuratively and literally:) Thanks so much for your prayers.
Please pray for Missionary Katie Dilfer’s South African Visa. She’s ready to come as soon as she has her visa.
Pray for the 30+ Juniors and Teens that have accepted Christ as their personal Savior these past few weeks during our Winter Camp Days.
Pray for us as we are considering starting a new church. We are currently working out of Lighthouse Baptist Church with Pastor Mvume but are leaning toward starting a new church soon.
Since May, we’ve hosted 4 different mission teams with 75 people in total. God used them here in a great way and really worked in many of their lives. Our hope is that God calls many Gospel laborers from these teams.
This week we are having separate Junior Camps for boys and girls. So far over a dozen boys trusted Christ. The girls will arrive this evening.
2 Weeks ago we hosted Teen Camp days for the boys and girls separately as well. We had 13 young people trust Christ during those days.
Vision Baptist Missions will be hosting the World Evangelism Fellowship on November 8th. You can click here for more info. It’s going to be a great time.
Now that all our mission teams have departed we’re going to be working a lot more on the Youth Home this month. We have 3 teens ready to move in and possibly a fourth. Pray that we find the right house parents for the Home. We have some that can help temporarily but are praying for a long-term solution.
I would like to ask you to pray for Pastor Khona Nohamba and his church Nkandla Baptist Church. Khona recently graduated from our Bible College and is looking forward to devoting more time to building the church.
We helped Khona right before the start of Covid and unfortunately had to close a few weeks later. He and his wife Iminathi have been working hard to restart the church and have been making good progress. In our city of over a million people, there is much work that needs to be done. Pray that we can build a foundation that will last and aid in church planting for years to come.
As many of you know, Amy had surgery on her left ear on May 16th. She went in for the surgery at 7 am, but they couldn’t fit her in until around 1 pm. They finished the surgery at about 4:30 pm and I was able to take her home around 8 pm. It was a very long day for her no doubt.
Since getting out of surgery, along with having her ear taped and packed full of cotton, she’s had to stay at home, avoid loud noises, and not be in a car or lift anything over 10lbs. That actually continues for another week.
This past Wednesday we met with Amy’s doctor for the first time since her ear surgery. The doctor cleaned out her ear and said that everything looks great and things are progressing nicely. Amy has already regained a lot of hearing in that ear, but we won’t know the full results for several weeks. We do know that she’s not deaf and we praise the Lord she has not experienced any vertigo, which is very common.
I can’t thank you all enough for your prayers.
P.S. It looks like we will have full control of the new property for the South Africa Youth Home the first week of June. It’s been amazing to see how the Lord is bringing everything together.
My wife’s ear surgery was today. Pray she will recover hearing in her left ear. She had 20% hearing in that ear, but after surgery, the doctor hopes she will regain anywhere from 80-90% of hearing. We won’t know for a week or so after the surgery how effective it was.
Please continue to pray for Missionary Katie Dilfer’s South African Visa. It still hasn’t arrived, but thankfully she was able to travel to Puerto Rico where she’s been ministering while she waits. We’re happy she’s able to be a great help there, but we are looking very forward to getting her to South Africa.
Pray for our South African Visa renewals. Our current visas expire in July so we need to renew for new visas this month. Because of covid, this has been a long process, but we’re hoping we can get things worked out soon.
Please pray for the mission teams coming in June and July from four different churches. We hope to be a blessing to them as they sacrifice to be here.
We had a fantastic time during the last two weeks with a mission team my son and daughter-in-law, Chase & Ashley, led to South Africa. Part of the team was from Hope Baptist Church in Fairfield, OH and the other part was from Immanuel Baptist in Corruna, MI. This was such a great group of people.
There were several young people and a couple of older folks out of this group who expressed a desire to commit their lives to be missionaries. Pray we see many follow through and give their lives to share Jesus on the foreign field. Our prayer is for more laborers.
What an amazing month! Seven days before we needed the full $113,000 to purchase property for the South Africa Youth Home, we only had $23,000. Within a few hours, that number jumped to $68,000. By the next Sunday, the Lord provided and we had the full $113,000. Praise the Lord!
Thank you all for praying and thank you all who helped us reach our goal by giving financially. We anticipate seeing what the Lord will do in this new ministry.
I will be emailing updates out on a more regular basis to keep you informed on the remodeling progression to get the new house ready for our teenagers. If you are not on our email list and would like to be, please send me a note to add you.
I’m still in a little shock seeing how the Lord provided. There were times of doubt that we would really be able to do this, but little by little the Lord kept confirming to us that this was His will. Please pray for wisdom as we go forward for Him.
Would you consider committing $1000 to be one of the 100 churches to give towards the Africa Youth Home? We are needing $100,00 by the end of April for this purchase. It is the property right next to Camp Rhino, which makes it a very strategic location.
The asking price is around $113,000, and we’ve already raised about $13,000. I know with prices going crazy in the States and really around the world with fuel and inflation, this is a tough time, but we know this youth home is going to help a lot of young people who don’t have anything.
Prayer Requests Praise
We will be back to the States for our Annual Missions Orientation in April. Pray this is a productive time with our new missionaries. We’re also planning to raise funds for the Africa Youth Home. Pray we can raise $100,000 in a month:)
Please continue to pray for my wife’s ear surgery. The date has been set for her to have surgery on May 16th.
Pray for Missionary Katie Dilfer’s visa to arrive. Unfortunately, it didn’t arrive in time and she had to cancel her tickets to South Africa for the end of February. She is hoping she will be here no later than the end of April.
As soon as we get back in April, we also need to apply for new visas. Pray we can get those worked out as soon as possible. There’s been a back log and some have waited over a year for their visas.
We are thankful for those who gave to replace the things that were stolen in January. We have bought almost everything back now.
We’ve started construction on a new building for Nkandla Baptist Church. Pastor Khona & his wife Iminathi are excited about having a larger more permanent building.
This last week I was in Nigeria with Graham and Olivia Young during their survey trip. They will return in July to work full-time under Missionary Mark Holmes for their first two years. Please be praying for them and Nigeria. There are very few missionaries to Nigeria for over 220 million people. We badly need more missionaries in this country.
This past month, we’ve seen two guys that I’ve worked with for years walked away from the Lord come back to church. We praise the Lord and pray the Lord continues working in their lives to make them more like Him.
In church news, the main church we are working in now, Lighthouse Baptist Church, has been having more visitors. Pray, we see more saved. There are so many without Christ. New Life Baptist Church is still struggling unfortunately in the more affluent part of the township, but Vision Baptist is doing well.