Short Term Mission to Africa ~ August 2014

This Short Term Mission Trip to Johannesburg, South Africa was planned to work with one of our ministry partners, Emma Schneider.  Emma grew up in Hammond, NY and has  been working in South Africa for several years through Impact Africa.  She and a team of workers just opened the first baby rescue center in January 2013.

Check out the Slideshow Re-cap ~ STMA 2014! 


Hello! I wanted to take just a moment to say thank you for all your support and prayers while my teammates and I were in South Africa. Whether your support was financially, helping with fund raisers or prayer, it is because of all of you that we had a successful trip helping Impact Africa with their goal of reaching the people of South Africa. It was extremely comforting to know there were so many people praying for us and our ministry, it was obvious that we were being lifted up in prayer daily during our travels and stay. God is awesome and He truly revealed to us that He is a powerful God and is continuously changing hearts and lives amongst South Africa.  

The one thing I feel God taught us, is if we feel we are at our lowest, God is always there to lift us up and to make His presence known so we can find peace and rest in Him.  

God has truly stretched the team’s faith while we were there and allowed us to get out of our comfort zones through Him. We had the opportunity to present the gospel to the local people in the squatter camps; it was amazingly beautiful to see the Holy Spirit working in the lives of the people we had a chance to interact with.  

We also had the chance to work with new mothers while we where there and present them with gifts not only for their newborns but also for them. We were able to inform women and men about the new baby safes in their local communities to help with the baby abandonment issues that faces South Africa. The baby safes are in the communities so if there is an unwanted baby the people are able to place the baby in this safe anonymously and know that the baby will be cared for, instead of just leaving the baby to die somewhere.  

I know the team's and my life will never be the same because of this trip and we just want to say thank you. Without your partnership this trip might not have been possible. Thank you for investing in the team for the Kingdom’s sake! We all feel and know God wants us to be bolder about sharing our faith with others not only in South Africa, but right here in Upstate New York as well.  

We pray the Lord send blessings upon you and your family for being a part of God’s transformation of not only our lives, but the many South African people whom we interacted with. We ask that you continue to pray for the people of South Africa. Pray that the nation will continue to hear and accept the gospel and that God’s glory will continue to make an impact on the nation and pray for protection for those that have recently accepted Christ as their personal Savior.  

As a team, we once again say thank you for all you have done in making this trip possible for all of us, to help spread God’s message throughout the world. 

Hilmar Juell, Chauncey Dupuis, Juanita Hunter, Freida Mooney, Mike Ditta, Lisa Ditta, and Miranda Ditta.  

Hilmar Juell
Associate Pastor 
Grace Covenant Church of NNY

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