Teen Camp 2019 at Camp Rhino

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2019 Teen Camp at Camp Rhino

Our 2019 Teen Camp has come to an end, and what a terrific end it was. 25% of 90 campers made professions of faith in Christ before our week was over.

There were teens from every one of our churches who were saved. What an answer to prayer!

Thank you so much for praying and thank you so much for giving. We had over half of our campers sponsored because of your generosity. We can’t thank our great counselors enough for the impact they made on the lives of our campers. They worked tirelessly the whole week.

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to finish our auditorium space in time for camp. We fell short in funds, but we were able to make what we have work out great.

We are so thankful for the Camps Abroad who were here for the third in a row. They have been a great help during this entire process. We are very new at what we are doing, and they walked with us every step of the way. Thank you Tim, Rachel, and Steve.

Tim and Steve teaching the staff how to do “Tag Alot”

We are also very grateful for our intern Regina Gordon, who leaves out tomorrow to end her 6-month intership. She has been a valuable part of our team her entire time here, especially at camp this past week.

We were also privileged to have Sindy Gaines from Oakland Heights Baptist Church in Cartersville, Ga here to help with camp, along with Katie Dilfer from Gospel Light Baptist Church in Helena, Al. Both of these ladies were a great blessing. Pray for Katie as she is praying about coming back to South Africa full-time to help start a Christian School.

Sindy was our camp photographer and helped in the kitchen on the side.
Future Auditorium and Activity Center at Camp Rhino

Great Blessing from the Underwood Family

Missionaries Stephen and Ashlee Underwood have been a great help and blessing to Camp Rhino. Upon making the decision to change fields from being missionaries to South Africa to now being missionaries to Argentina, they donated many of their household items to Camp Rhino.

They easily saved us over $2000 with a side by side refrigerator, a really nice washing machine, and many other useful items.

Currently, they are on furlough but need to raise money to replace many of the things they donated. Would you pray and maybe consider sending a donation to help with that need. I believe they are hoping to be back on the field full-time in March of 2019.

The Underwoods are missionaries will our same board, Vision Baptist Missions. You can also contact them via email at sunderwood52@gmail.com.

Coffey Family December 2019 Prayer Letter

Prayer Requests & Praise

  • Pray as we go forward with our third church plant in January 2020. One of our young couples will be heading up that work. Please pray for Khona and Iminathi. Khona has been a faithful worker and is currently enrolled in our Bible college, and his wife Iminathi is enrolled in our Bible Institute.
  • Our Teen Camp at Camp Rhino is from Dec. 10th-13th. We still need help sponsoring campers to offset expenses at $50 per camper for the week. We are preparing for 100 teen campers for this first camp of the summer season.
  • This past month our South Africa team was able to visit the countries of Kenya and Rwanda. God is doing great work in Kenya, but more still needs to be done. The need for reaching Rwanda really touched our hearts. We need more missionaries there. It is wide open and definitely a good place for someone to consider being a missionary. Pray for laborers.
“Hotel Rwanda” in Kigali, Rwanda
Khona and Iminathi’s wedding one year ago.

Quick Updates & Reminders:

  • Over $15,000 came in to finish our girl dorms at Camp Rhino. We also had enough to update our electrical system and to start renovating an old structure for our auditorium space. We need about $6,000 for the roof on the building. We’ll be cutting it close but hope even it will be ready for camp.
  • We have secured property for the land we hope to use for our future medical clinic in Port Elizabeth, which we are also using for our 2nd church plant.
  • Katie Dilfer is here from Gospel Light Baptist Church Helena, AL to look at the possibility of maybe helping us start a Christian School. Pray for guidance in this area.
  • Regina Gordon has been serving as an intern for the last 6 months. She only has a few days left. Please pray for her as she returns to the States. She’s been a tremendous help to all the ministries during her time here.
New auditorium space for Camp Rhino – $6,000 needed for roof
Slab inside new auditorium is being laid

I hope all had a great Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for. I’m especially thankful to you all for making it possible for us to serve here in South Africa. We are so blessed.

There is a special prayer request I would like to share. Pieta Struwig has served as head of maintenance and grounds here at Camp Rhino since January. We couldn’t have accomplished most of what has been built here at the camp without his help. He received news last week that he has cancer. This was surprising news for all of us. Pieta is only 40 years old and was saved last year at Grace Baptist Church where my cousin Kevin pastors.

Pieta pictured far right

As he starts Chemo this week, we are asking God for complete healing. Please pray. I’m not sure what we would do here at Camp Rhino without him. He’s been such an incredible help and blessing.

Also please don’t forget about teen camp, which is a week away. Pray for lives to be changed.