More about YWAM Bethlehem
We started our base on the 1st of April 2001. We focus on Frontier Missions, working in difficult, closed and unreached countries through going out to serve and share the gospel of Jesus Christ, with our main focus on countries in Africa.
We have already reached out to many countries during the past several years. Our aim is to motivate our students to go to the Frontiers! Some of these countries are Lesotho, Namibia-Himba People group (and the border of Angola), Swaziland, Mozambique (working with the Shangaan people in Xai-Xai), Chad, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea (working with the Fang and Combe people), Argentina, Brazil, Uganda, Indonesia and South Africa. Our challenge during the past year has been Mokomo in Uganda. Helping one of our leaders there to start a mini base, with mini DTS's, Youth Centre, feeding scheme and sewing ministry. We are also working in Gulu in the refugee camps where we helped starting a preschool with 100 kids, feeding them once a day and supporting a cook and teacher for these kids. From Gulu we work into DRC & Sudan.
We are the first and only Afro Latin base in Africa, & run our base in English & Spanish. Students from the entire world are welcome. Our base are a bridge between Latin America and Africa. Latinos come to prepare as Missionaries, learn to speak English and go into Africa and the world as Missionaries. Also vice versa for Africans to learn Spanish and to go to Latin America. Learning a new language with us is only a bonus!
We run three DTS's every year, 1 February & around 13 July. It runs for 20-24 weeks. We also run a DTS in the poor community once a year. It is 3 months theory on the base, and depending on where we go on field assignment (outreach), another 2 - 3 months. The SOFM starts every year around the 14th of July and also runs for 30 weeks. 3 Months training and 4 months outreach..
Just to give you an overview of what we do on the base:
Our base is in Bethlehem, Orange Free State Province, South Africa. We are situated on a farm and are now getting out of our pioneering stage into being a more settled base. We are always building new buildings to bring up more facilities and housing as the numbers of staff and students are growing.
a). We have 4 schools during the year.
* 3 DTS's - Discipleship Training School from 1 Feb & around 13 July and DTS in a poor community during the year
*SOFM - School Of Frontier Missions from around 13 July each years
b) We have a Mercy Ministry team that works in the community with a feeding scheme & doing Community development.
c) Mobile Ministry team that works in Community Development in town and the surrounding towns, four prisons, street kids, churches, disabled children, poor and less privilaged communities, schools, Tibulua (the deaf and blind school), rehabilitation, elderly people, and many more.
d) Sewing Ministry - The base also have a sewing workshop providing training for women without jobs and husbands. This provides an income and way to support themselves and their kids. Soon we will have the sewing workshop as well as the training side of this sewing workshop.
e) Visiting Teams - We also receive visiting teams from other YWAM bases & Church Outreach Groups from all over the world who come with us on outreaches and help us with all our ministries and lots of work in the Communities.
d) Volunteers: We also receive Volunteers to participate in the exciting ministries.
e) Urgent Staff and Leaders needed: We need people to come and help with cooking, gardening, building, carpentry work, leading praise and worship, translators from Spanish to English and vice versa, OFFICE STAFF, event organising and office work as separate ministries for the base. Sotho leaders, teachers and translators.
f) Church planting on farms around the base, also with devotions, sunday services, cell groups, kids and adult programs during the week.