Fall trees with red and orange leaves

Fall has always been my favorite time of year in Iowa. I especially enjoy biking our beautiful bike trails and savoring my last few days before heading back to South Arica. This last month, I befriended a homeless man who I see sitting along the bike trail…

South African girls smiling

September 2021 It is with a happy heart that I can share with you that things are looking and feeling much better every day in South Africa.  The riots, looting and burning that took place in the Durban and Johannesburg a month ago were terrible, but South Africa came together like never before and cleaned […]

Blessman International South African Church

In June we had a successful mission team with Joshua Christian Academy. It felt so good to be able to host mission teams again. Most of these youth had never even been on an airplane before and their first experience of that was a 9000-mile trip to Africa. They came with good attitudes, worked their […]

South African Mission Trip Members

July 2021 It brought tears of joy to my eyes as we were able to welcome our first American mission team back to South Africa after a 15-month dry spell! This team was made up of 3 members from Trinity Bible Church in Cedar Falls and 9 representatives from Joshua Christian Academy in Des Moines.  […]

South African Prairie

Bethany Kester, Program Coordinator at our U.S. location, and her husband Jack and my wife Beth and I arrived in South Africa on May 17. Dustin also recently returned here after two weeks in the U.S. It has been a whirlwind of activity for us since we arrived! Bethany and Jack are working to get […]

South African Garden

I am currently enjoying the beautiful spring weather in Iowa as we put the final touches on our annual gala which will be a hybrid live and virtual event. 

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