by Stephanie Beck 1K Lives Impacted Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Your support is an incredible blessing and enables me to pursue the dreams God has placed on my heart to serve vulnerable children in South Africa ...
Your support is an incredible blessing and enables me to pursue the dreams God has placed on my heart to serve vulnerable children in South Africa through Abba's Pride. Our positions with Abba's Pride are based on donations and monthly support. Without you, we would not be able to reach so many people. Your support provides for my living expenses, gas, food, medical fees, basic operating costs, etc.
Thank you so much for being a part of my life and all that God is doing!
I have joined Abba's Pride in South Africa full-time. I am so excited to be working with Abba's Pride and expectant for all that God will be doing in and through me. I work as the Psychosocial Specialist for Abba's Pride, getting the opportunity to work with our preschools and after school programs, as well as assisting with upcoming future projects.
I am blessed to be able to work with Abba's Pride and see first hand all that God is doing in the communities we serve. I am thankful God has placed me exactly where He has, and that I have the honor to share His love with so many.
I took my first mission trip to South Africa in 2008 and immediately felt at home. God placed a burning on my heart for the country and people. I returned to South Africa in 2010 for a year, working with a children's home and counseling in local schools. The experience changed my life forever.
I felt called to return to the U.S. to pursue a PhD in International Psychology. I conducted my dissertation research in South African children’s homes in the Johannesburg area, focusing on the mental health and social support of orphaned and abandoned children. During this time, I was also able to visit Abba’s Pride and see first hand the impact it made on children’s lives. Although I yearned to return to South Africa after receiving my doctorate, God had other plans. He led me to join the staff of a church in the D.C. area, directing their children’s ministry. Each weekend, I coordinated hundreds of children and volunteer teachers over multiple services. I know God used this time to prepare me for what He had next.
I came to serve with Abba's Pride from October to December of 2017, expectant for God to make clear His next steps for me. I loved my time, amazed at all Abba's Pride is doing. Over those few months I felt God tugging on my heart, leading me towards full-time missions with Abba's Pride. I was excited to say "yes" to his call.