Hopewell has had a passion for the people in South Africa for over ten years. 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. It started with two mission-vision tours where we met many local ministries. But the foundation was set when Jen Lisowski became our first missionary in 2008 (left in photo below).
Jen worked with Aunt Suzie at the Ikageng Daycare Center for the Aged and introduced Hopewell to Meyer Conradie, a local South African whose vision was to help orphans and vulnerable children. Meyer started Mosaic (http://mosaicsa.org) in 2009 and Hopewell built their first house.
In 2011, Jordan Ridge became Hopewell’s full-time missionary continuing the relationships Jen established. Jordan helped Mosaic grow with a focus on job creation. She started Made by Mosaic which provided jobs for Mosaic foster parents and other members of the surrounding community. This business manufactures handmade goods and food products, such as scarves, event favors, fruit preserves, cookies and chutney.
Hopewell has helped Mosaic build over 10 houses which provide affordable housing to families with two or more orphans or vulnerable children. We also helped Mosaic construct a community center by renovating used shipping containers. The last shipping container for community center was renovated in Downingtown the summer of 2016. The container project was called the HOOP (Africaans word for Hope) and became a kitchen and meeting room. It has been a blessing to Mosaic and another local organization, Ma’s for Wellington, which both use the kitchen to provide food to kids involved in their programs.
Mosaic is now currently in three locations:
- Mosaic Potchefstroom (started in 2009) – As of 2017, Mosaic Potch is made up of 23 houses which include 79 orphans and vulnerable children.
- Mosaic Paarl Valley (started in 2015) – As of 2017, Mosaic Paarl Valley is made up of 15 families that include 47 orphans and vulnerable children.
- Mosaic Port Elizabeth (started in 2017) – Mosaic’s newest location plans to have 10 families by the end of the year. They also plan to start building a community center later in 2017.
Hopewell also supports several other ministries including:
- H.E.L.P Ministries – a hunger project providing a daily lunch for school children
- Nederburg Primary School – a school in Paarl where Hopewell has provided salaries for a computer lab teacher and librarian, repairs to the school building, and shoes for the students
- Ma’s for Wellington – run programs for the township children, mothers, and grandmothers that live in the community across from the Mosaic Paarl community center
- Second Harvest – a new ministry whose vision is to feed a nutritionally balanced meal to children & elderly in poor communities
To learn more about the South Africa mission at Hopewell, please contact Tony Brantzeg at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cammy Brantzeg at email@example.com.