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Click on the icons within the Google map above to learn more about Hopewell's many ministry partners in South Africa. Our current Missions Coordinator in South Africa, Jordan Ridge, is based in Potchefstroom.
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 since 2008, beginning with our first Missionary Jen Lisowski (left in photo below), and continuing in 2012 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. You can read about her experience in South Africa here. 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 four 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:
Made by Mosaic: Made by Mosaic was launched by Jordan Ridge in September of 2011 as a for-profit arm of Mosaic in order to create jobs in the surrounding community. The business currently has approximately 20 employees, including Mosaic foster parents and residents of Ikageng. Products offered by Made by Mosaic include knitted and crocheted goods such as scarves, blankets, and shawls, as well as baked goods. All materials and ingredients used in Made by Mosaic products are sourced from South Africa, and all yarn used in knitted and crocheted products comes from another job creation project in Cape Town. Make a difference and shop Made by Mosaic today!
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. We also have provided salary support for a librarian and a computer lab teacher in addition to other financial assistance and physical volunteers at the Nederburg School, a public primary school located near Cape Town with approximately 720 students.
Hopewell Mission Trips: Members of our congregation travel to South Africa to work alongside Missionairy-in-Residence Jordan Ridge and our ministry partners on an annual basis. Check out our latest mission team's daily blog to get a feel for what these adventures are all about.