Ministries of Knysna Hope in Knysna, South Africa
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October 2016 Newsletter

The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
-Psalm 95:5-6
October has been an incredible month, one that was busier than we could have imagined! Since our arrival here in South Africa last month, this is the longest we have stayed in one place in nearly a year. We are so grateful for the support-raising process, meeting old and new friends, and sharing about our call to this amazing place, but we are equally grateful to be stationary now! Levi and Chloe especially have enjoyed the consistency of the same house and bed every night. They have both started pre-primary school this month and absolutely love it! Their school is about half a mile from our home, so its very convenient and works well with our increasingly full schedule.
God has already opened doors for us to build relationships in multiple areas of Knysna. Terrah has already started teaching music in two schools, one pre-primary (3-6 yr olds) and another primary school (up through grade 7). She is teaching choir, preparing to lead Christmas programs and for her students to participate in a community-wide carol sing that our Knysna Hope team is helping coordinate coming up in December. Terrah is simply overjoyed to be back in the classroom, sharing her passion and skill in music and building a quality program for kids that have never even sung in a group before. But more than that, she has the unique opportunity to share the Gospel every day she is in the classroom. Speaking openly about the Gospel in the schools is not prohibited for volunteer workers. Because of their unique skills and passions, Terrah and fellow Knysna Hope team members, Phil Golson and Wayne Schmidt, are in a total of 4 schools, opening doors into the lives of approximately 2,000 students. We are in awe at how God is moving so powerfully!
Caleb is focusing his time on two main areas of Knysna Hope. First, as a new Non-Profit Organization, he is working on setting up the infrastructure and processes necessary to begin using our NPO to effectively partner with and support local ministries and churches as they reach into each unique community of Knysna with the Gospel. This includes developing a website, setting up methods to receive donations directly for Knysna Hope projects (from both South Africa and abroad), and coordinating upcoming events. Secondly, it has been necessary to get an accurate picture of what the various ministries across Knysna are focusing on, and thereby gaining an understanding of where Knysna Hope may be able to offer assistance. So this month we have toured the townships, observed a local skills development center, helped distribute hot meals to those waiting (most of them all day) at a clinic for basic medical care, and have begun to build relationships with national pastors. We’re so excited to see how God is going to use Knysna Hope to advance His kingdom here in this amazing city!
Special opportunity! January 4-7, 2017, our team is coordinating the first Garden Route Youth Camp. We need sponsors for disadvantaged youth to cover their cost ($65) for the 3-night camp. Click here to sponsor a camper and for more information!
We’re overjoyed to welcome our friends and co-laborers, the Wilkins family, to Knysna this last week. It is amazing to watch God assemble a unique team, with various backgrounds and skill sets, to bring about His vision for Knysna. We eagerly anticipate watching the Lord provide for the additional six families and individuals currently raising support to come here, hopefully all in 2017!
Our container arrived to the port of Cape Town yesterday! Thank you to all who have been praying specifically for its safe arrival. As you know, in our container there are so many music resources that we desperately need soon. Though, right now we think our kids’ toys are almost as crucial! The vessel still has to be unloaded and then moved via truck to our home in Knysna, so we are hoping it will arrive by the end of this week.
Thank you everyone who consistently prays for us and financially partners with us. It is difficult to fully express how grateful we are for you. We are humbled by your investment in our family, and know that it is because you have a passion to see our Savior worshiped in every nation. So we praise God and thank Him every day for using you! 
October Adventures!
Beautiful Beach - Brenton-on-Sea, Knysna
Township tour, with our tour guide, Ella
Preparing for distributing hot meals at a township clinic
Expository Preaching Seminar for Garden Route pastors and ministry leaders
The Mello Family - Caleb, Terrah, Levi & Chloe
Support us!
Prayer Requests:

-Continued opening of doors to build redemptive relationships across Knysna

-Our schedules are already starting to diverge such that it will not be long before we will need a second vehicle. Please commit to pray about this need with us as we trust God to provide in His time. 

-Additional financial partners. If you've been thinking about partnering with us, now would be a great time! Click the "
support us" button above.
Click the images below to watch our latest videos!
 Drumming class in the Township
Bible lesson after drumming class
Our commissioning service video at FBC
Want to hear how the Lord has guided and led us to this point? Check out our archived newsletters!
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