PRESIDENT’S BLOG

Beth and I have been back in the States for just a week now and I am overwhelmed by the support Americans, and especially Iowans, have for the work we are doing in South Africa. Statistics still show that 15% of our children in South Africa are malnourished. This often causes their growth to be […]

As we are preparing to leave this beautiful land again, I am pausing to reflect why I am still here after 12 years and just what I love about living and serving in Africa. The why is pretty simple. It is a “calling” from God, and I am just being obedient to His calling. I […]

It is winter here in South Africa and our first team for this season from the University of Northwestern, in St. Paul, MN, is just completing their work with us. James Smith, an IT professor with the college, is leading this team of 9 people. In addition, we have had a global health professor, from […]

Our US staff and members of the US and South African boards met recently for a day-long retreat. Here are some of my thoughts following the retreat: My goals going into this retreat were for both the American and South African boards to get to know each other better and to understand the roles of […]

Our time here in South Africa is going by way too fast. The construction of our sanitation (Enviro Loo) project in the community of Nobody is complete. We built four new waterless toilets for 75 preschool children. We also put up a water storage tank for them so they will have a reliable supply of […]

We just finished hosting our first team of the year. There were 19 people from St. Francis Catholic Church in West Des Moines, Iowa. This was their 3rd annual short-term mission trip with us, and they have already booked their return trip for 2018. We love working with them, and they have always had a […]