Stories From the Field

Generous Foresight that has Truly Encouraged Mike and Me

Orchard: Africa AN OPEN LETTER FROM MICHELLE TESSENDORF AUGUST, 15 2017 The life that Mike and I set out to live over three decades ago was to lean into this portion of scripture in Galatians 6: “But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life...

Meet Nontyatyambo Totoyi

It's been just over two weeks since the largest storm in 30 years hit the Western Cape of South Africa, and Orchard: Africa's area staff and partner churches have been diligently providing relief to urgent needs. But while immediate relief is critical in times of...

Kealeboga: Healing a Broken Heart

At night, Kealeboga Natshane was living a nightmare. Her mother had passed away. Her days were long and filled with anxiety. She simply wanted to wake up from the bad dream that her life had become. Kealeboga lived in a village that had been forgotten by economic...

Zelda Matembu: A Family Restored

Bubble gum and tape were all that stood between 38-year-old Zelda Matembu and the cold rain which was determined to penetrate through the holes in the tin roof of her tiny shack. Khayelitsha, the severely impoverished township in which she lives, is located on the...

Gogontle and Bakhena: Education Matters

Gogontle Mogapi is  five years old and lives in Top Village with her seven year old brother, Bakhena. Their mother is unemployed and the only income she has is the tiny government subsidy she receives for her children, which is only enough to pay for the basics of...

Obakeng and Happyboy: A New Generation of Leaders

Sustainable ministry requires that there is always a new generation of leaders being developed to follow in the footsteps of their mentors and pastors. When there are churches that have become pillars of hope in their communities due to their effective response to...

“Farming gives hope and meaning to the lives of people.”

This is why Nokubonga Ndima, or “Noku”, loves being a farmer, and why we love having her as our Food & Agriculture Director. She is well versed in five languages, including Spanish — which she taught herself while graduating from EARTH University in Costa Rica....

Thankful for Hard Work

Kealeboga [kay-ah-lay-bō-ha] Natshane, whose first name literally means “thank you” in Setswana, might just be the happiest person you’d ever meet. She is always eager to help and you can count on her to have a smile on her face while she does. She first got involved...

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