My friend Khaya trusted Christ as his Savior this past month. I’ve been having a weekly Bible study at his home for almost 2 months. His two boys and their friends are also attending and we’re praying for many others to believe in Jesus. Khaya also brought 20 people with him to church this past Sunday.
Lighthouse Baptist Church had a high attendance of 72 this past week. This was just a normal Sunday so we were very encouraged to see the growth. Pray that more will be saved.
Junior camps at Camp Rhino start on December 12th. Pray as we plan to have over 150 campers between the girls’ and boys’ camps. Because of space, we have to split the boys into 2 different camps.
New Support Address | Vision Baptist Missions Has Moved! Praise The Lord!
Vision Baptist Missions, Inc. and the Our Generation Training Center have been praying for God to provide space for the ministry to expand. In February 2022, through the giving of many generous individuals and churches, God provided an excellent property in Dawsonville, Georgia with several buildings. We are very excited about the property the Lord has given us and the opportunities to expand into the future. We are so thankful for how the Lord has blessed our mission. One thing that also comes with this blessing is a new mailing and support address. Please begin sending all mail and support to the following:
Vision Baptist Missions
P.O. Box 647
Dawsonville, GA 30534
Happy Thanksgiving from the Coffey Family.
You may not be reading this on Thanksgiving, but this is the day I’m writing it:). It’s because of your prayers and support that we are able to do what God has called us to do. Thank you all for being such a great blessing.
We praise the Lord that all the money came in to purchase the property for the Bay Baptist High School. We even had a little extra that will help with renovations. Thank you all for praying and for giving.
There will be a group of young singles arriving at the end of December to help with teen camps in January from Hope Baptist Church in Fairfield, OH. We are also having a young couple arrive on December 1st for 3 months to help at Camp Rhino. They are using this trip to see if the Lord may want them on the mission field long term.
If you or anyone you know would also be interested in a short or long-term internship, please just let me know.
For the month of April, I will be back in the States for our mission board’s annual orientation. I’m looking forward to being with all our Vision Baptist Mission’s missionaries on deputation and on furlough. Pray the Lord blesses this time.
I’m also using this time to present the ministry of the new Africa Youth Home in churches. If you would like to have me back in to report and update your church on the Youth Home, please just let me know. I still have a few dates available, but we will head back to South Africa on April 26th, Lord willing.
Several have reached out to me concerning gifts their church has already given or committed to give for the Africa Youth Home. As soon as I have a total, I’ll let you know. I am praying for 100 churches to commit $1000 by the end of April to make this Home a reality. We are trying to raise $113,000 in total with over $10,000 already being promised.
Would you consider being a part of helping us impact these young people?
Thank you for your prayers and thank you for partnering with us to impact South Africa with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This past month we received notice that because of the type of South Africa Visa we possess, we were now allowed to return to South Africa.
We secured our plane tickets and took off from the Atlanta airport on November 3rd around 9 pm. We landed in Cape Town, South Africa on November 5th around 1 pm after a 12-hour layover in the London airport. Pastor Mvume met us in Cape Town with my vehicle, and we drove the 8 hours back to Camp Rhino.
Thank you all so much for your prayers. We are so glad to be back home.
We attended services at New Life Baptist Church and Vision Baptist Church this past Sunday. Things are going well there and we were very encouraged to see that several people stepped up to fill in the gaps that we left back in April.
Please pray for wisdom in our next step. We want to start another church but are not sure about the location or the timing. In the meantime, we will continue working to strengthen our existing churches.
Prayer Request & Praise
Travel Expenses- We are very grateful for the $1000 that was given towards the cost of getting back to South Africa.
Wisdom concerning Junior and Teen Camps in December and January at Camp Rhino. Covid is still a major worry here. We want to figure out the best way to hold camps without stirring up too much trouble with the government.
Please pray for our missionaries that are serving in Africa with Vision Baptist Missions who are currently raising monthly support. We need many more laborers for a continent of over 1.3 billion people.
Graham & Olivia Young – Nigeria- The Young’s have just started their deputation and are at 15% of their needed monthly support. We need many more laborers for a continent of over 1.3 billion people.
Nate, Emily, & Azariah Wilkerson- West Africa- The Wilkerson’s have been on deputation for a little over a year now and have over 80% of their support.
Our 4th church plant has officially started. There has been great interest from the community despite the Covid concerns.
$5,000 has been given that can help toward the $15,000 to finish the new boy’s dorms for Camp Rhino. This will enable us to have a capacity for at least 120 campers and counselors.
We need donors for our camps this year. This cost is about $55 per camper. We are trying to raise 120 sponsors for Teen Camp and 75 for Junior Camp.
Last night, one of our supporters, Mt Zion Baptist Church in Danielsville, GA with Pastor Duncan, voted to give $1000 for Camp Rhino. That’s 3 churches since last weekend to give $1000 a piece to help buy property to start this new camp ministry. This gift takes us over $74,000 that has been given or committed. God continues to bless and more and more people are getting involved.
On Saturday, Amy was privileged to teach for a ladies conference hosted by Believers Baptist Church in Griffin, GA, and I was able to preach their Sunday AM service. Pastor Victor Edmonds and his people were a great blessing.
Much has happened since our last update. Thank you so much for your prayers for us and the work here in South Africa. One prayer request from our last letter was for our youth conference. We had a great turn out. The Lord blessed and we saw two people make professions of faith after hearing the gospel.
We held our fist Vacation Bible School at Soweto Baptist Church last month. It was a mad house, but it was a lot of fun! We had a high attendance of 130 kids. There were about 25+ workers who were involved. The youth worked hard to put on a skit every day and some of the mamas and young ladies served snacks. Several of our young men had the opportunity to preach the gospel. It was exciting to see our people serve.
One of my favorite times of the week is Sunday afternoon. We do not have an evening service, but we do have a small informal Bible study. My wife teaches the ladies while I teach the men (and teens). My wife is going through the book of Galatians at the moment with the ladies and I am teaching the men on hermeneutics. (Below is my classroom setting)
Other Prayer Requests:
Furlough: We will leave for the states in just a couple of weeks, on Aug 21. We do still have a few spots available on our calendar. If you or your church would like for us to come and present our ministry or give an update, please email me at email@example.com
Bible Institute: It will start up the day after we leave, on August 22. Please pray for all those who will be attending; for faithfulness and application
Soweto Baptist Church: The church is still very new (only 1 1/2 years old). Our guys are still very young in the faith. Pray the Lord uses this time to grow them. Also pray for the Underwood family, who will be helping to fill the gaps.
Thanks again for all you do and may God bless you!