Hopewell's outreach effort in South Africa is multi-faceted. Our work has partnered us with many ministries already working to address the enormous problems created by poverty, racism, and the AIDS pandemic in particular. Hopewell has had a full-time presence in South Africa over the past six years, beginning with our first Missionary Jen Lisowski (left in photo below), and continuing since July of 2011 with our new Missionary Jordan Ridge (right).
Jordan, like Jen before her, is based in the town of Potchefstroom throughout the year. Her mission includes identifying ministries that Hopewell can partner with on a long-term basis. Read about Jordan's experience in South Africa. In addition to Jordan's on the ground presence, Hopewell has sponsored mission trips, comprised of youth and adults, to South Africa for the past six years.
Hopewell's current mission in the Potchefstroom region supports the work of several dynamic ministries that are providing care for families and children who are living with AIDS. Those ministries include:
Ikageng Daycare Center for the Aged
This daycare center exists to give elderly women in the Ikageng Township a safe place each day to share meals together and receive training in cooking, gardening, and sewing. While many of these women struggle with their own physical and sometimes mental ailments, they also provide loving care for other elderly women in the community.
Mosaic Community Developments
Meyer and Louise Conradie, a young South African couple, are making great strides toward the God-given vision of building a self-sustainable model of caring for orphaned children in South Africa. The Mosaic concept addresses economic, social and infrastructure development through: job training and creation, after school programs, a large preschool, parent training, and construction of homes in Ikageng. Construction will soon include a community center, which will house a second preschool, computer lab, and a large hall for community events and education. The homes, built by volunteers (our Hopewell family has physically helped build three of them!), are rented by families caring for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. To read more about this incredible project and view their videos, please visit the Mosaic website at www.mosaicsa.org.
Made by Mosaic
Made by Mosaic was started by Hopewell Missionary Jordan Ridge, who graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2011 with an International Business Degree, as a project of Mosaic Community Developments. Made by Mosaic was created to provide jobs for Mosaic foster parents and other members of the surrounding community. The company, which sources all of its materials from South Africa, produces high-quality knitted and leather goods, such as scarves, blankets, hats, purses and wallets. Made by Mosaic products can be purchased online in South Africa and the U.S. Check out their beautiful line of knitted goods in their online store.
Cape Town Area
In the general Cape Town area, we support H.E.L.P Ministries, a hunger project providing a daily lunch for school children. Our support for the Nederburg Primary School, grades kindergarten to 7th, has included salaries for a computer lab teacher and librarian, repairs to the school building, and shoes for the students.