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Teaching and beyond

AIDSHope team of OM South Africa teaches CrossRoads programme to grade seven students. Apart from presenting life saving information, they want to reflect the character of Christ and build relationships with these teenagers.

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Bored in a queue

It seemed like an ordinary day, but God used Jeanne (South Africa) to connect and encourage future missionaries and establish a financial partnership to bringing hope to the nations.

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Never take it back

Missions Discipleship Training students spent a morning bringing their sins, hurts and shame to the cross in a symbolic act.

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Call them precious

Six girls from the local community join the female AIDS Hope leaders on Friday afternoons to grow their friendship with Jesus and one another.

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Thank God you came

Fifteen pastors attend a training by OM South Africa's AIDS Hope team to learn about supporting those affected by HIV and AIDS.

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Empowering women

Women from a poor community recently attended a skills workshop to learn how to make jewellery and build relationships with OM workers.

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OM releases new book

Hellen knew she might die, but she didn’t care if it meant others could know Christ. Read her story and more in OM Africa’s new book.

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Passion for Pakistan

God ignites a sudden passion for Pakistan in a Singaporean girl's heart during OM South Africa’s Missions Discipleship Training.

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Together at the cross

Mission Discipleship Training students with OM South Africa leave their burdens on the cross to embrace restoration and freedom in Christ.

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Exposure to missions

Teens from Germany, UK and South Africa experience the needs and opportunities in South Africa during at 10-day Teens in Missions outreach.

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Stories around the fire

On the first Thursday of every month, a group gathers around the fire pit at OM South Africa’s ministry centre to learn more about missions.

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A journey with God

A group of 23 young adults from nine nations took part in a three-month travelling discipleship programme in Africa last year. These are their stories.

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Cape Town Prays for Slaves

The OM Team visits Cape Town. SportsLink facilitates Game 27, then the OM visits the Bible College. Emphasis is placed on human trafficking and slavery.

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The Widow and the Medic

The MDT team went on a rural outreach. Dayne shares his experience with visiting homes and with an accident that happened on the outreach.

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The hands of Jesus

Nonyameko was devastated when she tested HIV-positive, but through prayer and the love of people at the AID Hope centre, she found hope in Jesus.

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Serving in weakness

An MDT participant falls ill during a rural outreach and is unable to minister with the rest of his team. However, God has other plans.

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Cycling to the unreached

Staff from OM SportsLink and Campus Crusade for Christ cycled from Pretoria to Cape Town to minister to people in rural villages along the way.

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Praying for change

After seeking God to change his current course, Hein van der Merwe attends a five-day programme at OM South Africa and finds new direction.

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Mountains of garbage

Norwegian Bible school students on mission trip to South Africa, shares the Gospel at the garbage dump outside Pretoria

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The Link in South Africa

Five OM entities based in South Africa previously working in three separate offices throughout Pretoria have recently united under one roof.

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Without a vision people perish

Participants of a poverty simulation activity hosted by AIDSLink International discover that it’s very different to minister to the poor than to be the poor.

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UNIC ministers to students

Unite Nations in Cape Town (UNIC) works alongside two local universities, building friendships with the international students for God’s kingdom.

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Baby safe opens

Opening a ‘baby safe’ in a township near Pretoria, South Africa, helps desperate mothers find a solution and give their babies a future.

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Hope in every circumstance

When an MDT participant’s family member commits suicide, she becomes puzzled and angry. But with encouragement from others, she recognises God’s compassion.

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Henna opens doors

OM team members Tami and Alu share how henna opens doors to the hearts of the Somali people, living in Cape Town.

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No, No, No!

South Africa :: Vulnerable children receive much needed support at Meetse A Buphelo

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Light in the darkness

OM AIDS Hope, in collaboration with Stanza Bopape Clinic, arranges an event on World AIDS Day 2014 to bring light to the pandemic.

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Help that Heals

For months he had to be taken to the clinic on a regular basis and received both medicine and ointment, but nothing helped. But when the principal brought Thabo forward to meet the team, it was immediately evident that he no longer had sores on his head.

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Once and for all

A Missions Discipleship Training participant discovers that his sins were dealt with by Jesus on the cross, making him free and forgiven, once and for all.

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Faithful Obedience

Despite the unlikelihood of this ever happening, she continued to plan and pray, believing that God placed this vision on her heart and that she needed to be obedient.

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Maiden visit

Durban, South Africa :: Logos Hope arrives in Durban for her first-ever visit to the city.

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Deeper into Durban (Part 1)

Durban, South Africa :: Logos Hope teams are getting to know the real Durban – uncovering the realities hidden behind the skyline of a modern city.

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The woman by the well

Durban, South Africa :: An onboard event exclusively for women encourages them to live according to the purpose that God set for them.

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Not by our might

Klawer, South Africa:: The challenge team in Cape West Coast were reminded of their own limited power and the One who is limitless

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Hope floats again!

Durban, South Africa :: After some delays with re-floating, Logos Hope is back in the water and the work continues on schedule.

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The Father's Love

Klawer, South Africa :: A Logos Hope team shares about God the Father's everlasting love to a community where fatherlessness is a prevalent social issue.

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Ready for another year

Durban, South Africa :: After the completion of dry dock and successful surveys the final preparations to resume sailing are underway.

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Reality: Not the truth

Richards Bay, South Africa :: A Logos Hope team visits a public hospital and is distressed at the sight of suffering children.

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True freedom in Christ

Richards Bay, South Africa :: 16 inmates accept Jesus into their lives as crewmembers share the hope of the Gospel in a prison.

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Breath of life

East London, South Africa :: Crewmembers take care of abandoned babies and learn the harsh truth behind each of them.

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Let the show begin!

East London, South Africa :: The Logos Hope theatrical production of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe premieres in East London.

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Connecting on board

East London, South Africa :: Connections are made not only between adults, but also between children, in onboard events on Logos Hope.

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Elder blessing

East London, South Africa :: A few crewmembers had a different Sunday as they visited residents in a home, and so did these precious senior citizens!

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Surprised with joy

Port Elizabeth, South Africa :: Crewmembers are surprised with the joys of unplanned encounters during this year's week of rest and refreshment.

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House of restoration

Port Elizabeth, South Africa :: Crewmembers have an afternoon of pampering and connecting with women struggling with a past of abuse, addictions and prostitution.

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Prayer partners

Port Elizabeth, South Africa :: Crewmembers chance upon an elderly couple, who turn out to be Logos Hope’s supporters, during a walk in the Sunday flea market.

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Sharing the passion

Port Elizabeth, South Africa :: Crewmembers from the Scottish dance passion group on Logos Hope share their passion with like-minded people to bless others.

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God's plans

Port Elizabeth, South Africa :: Two crewmembers come across an unexpected opportunity to share the message of Hope with juvenile delinquents.

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A beautiful sail

Cape Town, South Africa :: Logos Hope was blessed with a beautiful and smooth sail into Cape Town, her last port-of-call in South Africa.

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The Great Commission

Cape Town, South Africa :: Believers from various churches in Cape Town come on board to find out more on serving God in missions.

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Wall of safety

Cape Town, South Africa :: Crewmembers help to build a wall around an orphanage in a local township to provide safety and security.

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New chapter of life

During the Go Challenge, the team is asked to pray for an elderly woman while doing door to door ministry in Tzaneen.

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BLOG: I don't want to be comfortable

Whether God calls me to be behind a desk in South Africa or sleeping under a mosquito net in Ghana, I want to have that kind of mentality: giving myself first to God and then to others.

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Kids' reading club

Marleen was challenged to create reading curriculum for kids by what she saw while climbing Mount Everest in Nepal.

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BLOG: Balancing Jesus and bone-writing

"If God were to give me the choice—be a successful writer or a missionary for the rest of my life—I can’t honestly say which I’d choose," shares OMer Andrew. "Neither one would be sinful; discerning God’s will is not asking yourself, 'What does God want me to do?' but rather, 'How can I use what I’m doing to glorify God?'"

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Passing on the baton

After leading AIDS Hope for the past 11 years, Nico and Alma hand over the leadership of Meetse a Bophelo centre in Mamelodi.

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People of OM: Esther Banzi

Esther Banzi is based in South Africa and works with AIDSLink International--breaking the silence, standing up for justice and showing compassion. She also organizes seminars and workshops for the Transform conference in Europe, and recruiting from the Global South.

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BLOG: Packing life bags

"Growing up, my dad used to share an analogy about the bags we pack in life," explained OMer Renette. "He said parents pack ‘life bags’ for their children, filling each bag with traditions, beliefs, perspectives and stories. The child repacks his/her bag as they interact with the world and have new experiences." What's in your life bag? 

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God promise to provide

Even though Sheela`s life is not easy without a family or a steady income to lean on, she`s encouraged by God`s faithfulness – at every turn, in every moment, He was there. The knowledge of His tangible faithfulness is engraved in her heart.

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Healed eyes

During an outreach God used the MDT team to intervene for a young girl who went away praising God.

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All I can give you is Jesus Christ

Natalia and the team didn’t have anything to give but the message of Christ. God touched the crowd through the team and 50 people wanted to know more about Jesus that day.

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Don't throw away the shoes

Although they were often in uncomfortable situations, the MDT team saw hope shining in the eyes and faces of the people they spoke to – God’s people.

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The power of prayer

Prayer is like the light on a miner’s helmet. Without the light there is no way for the workers to do their work, the same as without prayer there is no point to reaching out to people and sharing about Jesus. 

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Life Transforming

MMT gives participants a broader view of what is happening in the world beyond what appears in the news. Exploring different places around the globe, many people finish the week with a deeper sense of purpose and direction. Many testified how God has been stirring their hearts towards committed prayer for the persecuted church or using their finances to support those serving on the missions field.

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Empowered to speak out

One of OM South Africa’s newest ministries focuses on breaking the cycle of ignorance towards abusive behaviour and abuse-related issues.

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BLOG: Stewardship

"Stewardship is understanding that what I have now is not mine, it is for God, and from God, to glorify God," shared OMer Renette. "Things move in the Kingdom, funds move from a donor to a ministry to a community school to a teacher to a vendor at the market to a businessman to a church to a missionary. Nothing stands still in the Kingdom; it moves. Things are temporary but wherever I am and whatever I do, I should do it knowing that it is from God; that I’m taking care of what He has given me and that I will do it with a faithful and grateful attitude."

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BLOG: My passport is my roadmap

"To me, my greatest accomplishment is that I filled all the pages of my passport before it expired," stated OMer Renette. "Sometimes when I feel like I haven’t done any real ‘adult’ stuff I open my drawer, find my travel pouch, take out my passport and flip through the pages. Sometimes I flip through fast, imagining a man is jogging on the top right corner of the pages. Most of the time, I just look through each page remembering the trips I took, the space I was in when I travelled. There are so many seasons captured in those passport pages."

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Pray, give, go

"The great thing about Discovery Bible Study is that you figure out the text as you go along," explained OMer Renette. "As people shared what they learnt about God and about man in this passage, we all started talking about the different roles each of them had. Moses’ solely role was to keep the rod up, Joshua oversaw the battle and Aaron and Hur were there to support Moses. It struck me that this is an example of the tagline we have in OM: Pray, Give, Go."

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Turn to Him

“People would ask me how it was going, how I liked the city, and without fail some comment about the weather would pop out of my mouth quicker than I could swallow it back. The weather. That’s what I chose to talk about day after day. Because it was safe,” shares OMer Rebecca. “I didn’t want to admit it, but I was struggling. I wasn’t sure what I was doing or where I was going in life. But saying that I was struggling out loud felt like failing and I am not one for failure.”

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Love yourself

“It struck me the other day that I can only love others as much as I love myself,” shares Renette. “Now that I say it, it sounds so obvious. If there is something I struggle to love about myself—like my weight or lack of self-confidence—then these are the things I also struggle to love in others. If someone has more confidence than I have, jealousy creeps in and I struggle to love their confidence.”

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Cling like a gecko

“‘…cling to what is good.’ I want to cling to what is good in the Lord’s eyes with all my strength,” says OMer Rebecca. “Cling like my life is on the line. Cling to His goodness. Cling to His grace. Cling to His love. Cling to His Word. Cling to His promises. For I know they are good.”

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Back to the future

“The new year is here,” says Renette. “The world tells us to make new year’s resolutions and nothing is wrong with doing that. Let’s not just look to the new year, let’s remember and celebrate the past year.”

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Dear missions

“Dear Missions,

It’s been a while since we first started on this adventure together….It’s been good and I’m thankful for this opportunity, but there are a few things I wish you had told me before I boarded that first plane. So I’m writing you this letter with the hope that the next person to join you will know some of these things beforehand. And that those already with you will know that they are not alone.”

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