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Tanks, Fire Trucks, and Fun!

Raised to Praise - July 2007 Newsletter - BETHESDA OUTREACH MINISTRIES

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What a great celebration we had on 16 June, at Bethesda’s annual Youth Day Picnic! Bethesda staff and children joined with many others from area churches and the surrounding community, including nearly 800 children from local crèche facilities; the metro police, the army, and the fire brigade joined in the events, which included horse rides, puppet shows, craft tents, games, fire safety displays, food, fun, and loads of fellowship!

This year’s event was a joint effort by Bethesda Outreach Ministries and AIM (Africa Institute of Missiology) to partner with local churches in encouragement and reaching out to those in need. The theme of the day was “Creating Positive Relationships,” and we enjoyed hearing God’s Word on that topic brought to us by Mpho Monare of Youth for Christ.

Many craft tents were lining the road, manned by SOAPkidz, who sponsored various crafts for the children. Each craft was made out of recycled materials, and included finished products of handbags, cardboard cell phones, and musical “shakers!” Zoo on Wheels also joined us, allowing the children a look at small animals and entertaining them with animal stories. The Tshwane Metro Police Dog and Horse Unit educated us on dogs and horses and demonstrated how they work with these animals to prevent crime, and the Fire Brigade Services and Tshwane Emergency Services were on hand to teach fire safety and how to help the injured. The South African Army allowed the children to climb into an army tank for a soldier’s view after sharing how and when the tanks were used. It was also a special treat to have a team from Kossuth Street Baptist Church in Lafayette, Indiana, with us, helping the Bethesda staff with games and other activities.

On the whole, it was a blessed day full of good fellowship and relationship building, and it definitely left us looking forward to joining with you many of you for next year’s Youth Day Picnic!