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Hope Ministry Center

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From the time we left family and friends in the USA to embark on the adventure of a lifetime in missions, God has been planting dreams in our hearts. For the past 8 years, God has been cultivating a dream called Hope Ministry Center in our hearts.

Hope Ministry Center will be a base for several different, complimentary ministries to happen simultaneously. There could be a baby shelter, a women’s shelter, a cluster of foster homes, children’s ministry resource library, accommodations for interns and visiting teams, missionaries’ homes, and more. It could also include gardens, share-crop farming, and small businesses to promote ongoing income for ongoing ministry.

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We have been renting a home and space for storage and intern housing on the property of the children’s shelter that was once Lighthouse Children’s Shelter (founded by Dave and Janis Betzer). However, the church who now owns the property is selling it. The shelter will be moving, and the tenants (us) will be displaced.

So…. the time is NOW.

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We have been hunting high and low for the right property at the right price. God has faithfully opened and closed doors along the way, and we have settled on a location that will bountifully meet our current needs with plenty of room (about 20.5 acres) for future ministry and all that God has in store for us and Engage Africa here in Rustenburg. It is located in an area, at the edge of Rustenburg, that currently growing because it is directly in the path of Rustenburg’s expansion and development.
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Although we have had our eye on this property for several years, the doors have never opened for us. We have recently discovered that there is a government housing development called RDP (similar to “section 8 housing” in the States) that is being built near this property. In fact, a portion of the development will be adjacent to the lower end of our property. For many home-owners and sellers in the area, this development is a deterrent. For us, it is an incredible open door for ministry. This development will be very similar in nature to Freedom Park with a combination of tin shacks and government-built small homes.

We are already making plans for “Phase 1” of Hope Ministry Center to include a community centre at that end of the property that will function as a campus of Hope Church as well as an after-school drop-in center for kids to receive homework help, a hot meal, and a safe place to “hang out” before going home.

The cost for this property, including closing costs, is $185,000. (This is $92,3000 less than the asking price.) Engage Africa currently has cash-on-hand for the down-payment of $77,000. And we have 18 months to raise the additional $108,000. This balance will be paid in monthly increments. We have agreed to monthly payments of $2,308, including interest. However, in order to make the 18-month deadline, we will need to make payments of $6,000 per month. If we are able to pay the full amount in less than 18 months, we will avoid the remaining interest payments.

We are confident that God can and will accomplish this! Perhaps He will use you.

Please help us by considering the following options:
1) Join the Engage Africa Team by committing to give on a monthly basis.
2) If you are currently a Team Member, consider increasing your current monthly giving.
3) Give a one-time donation toward the $107,000.
4) Check with your employer to see if they have any matching programs.

Please also spread the word about Hope Ministry Center with your family and friends and encourage them to help us in our fundraising cause.

Lastly, please PRAY! This is a huge undertaking and a step of faith by Engage Africa’s Board of Directors. Without God’s help this will not happen. Please pray for God’s provision.

Online donation click the link below.


One Time

Mail Donations to:

Engage Africa
2250 W. Highland Ave.
Elgin, IL 60123

Please enclose a note with your donation designating it to
"Hope Ministry Center".

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4 for the 4th Fundraiser

While you celebrate your Freedom make a difference in the lives of an orphan in South Africa. Help us fulfill the dream of Hope Ministry Center.

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The totals are in from April! Check them out HERE.