by Stephanie Beck 1K Lives Impacted Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
BIG NEWS! I will be joining Abba's Pride in South Africa full-time!I am so excited for this opportunity and all that God will be doing in and throu...
BIG NEWS! I will be joining Abba's Pride in South Africa full-time!
I am so excited for this opportunity and all that God will be doing in and through this. It has been my dream to get back to South Africa ever since serving there in 2010-2011. I was able to work with a children's home and counsel in local schools during that time and 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 for my life. 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 whatever 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 there, amazed at all Abba's Pride is already doing. Over those few months I felt God tugging on my heart, leading me towards missions full time with Abba's Pride. I am excited to say "yes" to His call and can't wait to get back to South Africa, to work along side Abba's Pride.
I will be coming on as the Psychosocial Specialist for Abba's Pride, getting the opportunity to put my education and experience to great use. I am applying for a 3-year visa but am open to however long God calls me to South Africa.
I started a fundraiser on Pure Charity to raise the funding that I will need for this position. I will need to raise support and would love if you would consider partnering with me on this new adventure. I have some start up costs as I arrive, as well as a monthly recurring goal that will help to sustain me as I serve. This is a dream come true for me, and I would love your support in any way possible.
Thank you so much for being a part of my life and all that God is doing!