Baptists on Mission/ NCBM is partnering with Door of Hope to develop a village that will house abandoned children and infants near Johannesburg, South Africa. Since 1999, Door of Hope has rescued over 1500 abandoned infants with the goal of providing them a temporary Christian home while seeking long term foster care or permanent homes for each one. The number of adoptions has dropped sharply in recent years, meaning there are many older children who need a longer term home.
Participants in this partnership will have the opportunity to build small cottages that will house 6 children along with a host couple. Cottages will be made of interlocking cement blocks that will be made on site, cure for several weeks, be dipped in an adhesive, and then stacked to build the cottages. The process is quite simple and does not require skilled labor. Teams will also have the opportunity to share in worship with a local church. As an option, teams extend their stay a couple of days to also do community ministry and evangelism with a church planting team in the Winterton area several hours from Johannesburg. Trip dates are now available for 2018.
History of Door of Hope
In Johanneburg at least three babies are abandoned every day. Wrapped in a plastic bag, discarded in garbage cans, thrown in dumpsters, left in public toilets, thrown in rivers, or left in hospitals and parks these children face certain death without immediate intervention. Since its beginning in 1999, Door of Hope has rescued over 1500 infants and has provided temporary Christian homes for abandoned, aborted, abused, and orphaned babies and children. The Door of Hope operates a number of baby homes, not institutions, where babies enjoy the loving care of Christian caregivers and volunteers until arrangements can be made for their adoption. The three Door of Hope Baby Houses can handle up to 80 infants at a time.
Length of Trip
The basic trip will include a 9 day stay in South Africa: departure from NC on a Friday evening, arrival in South Africa on Saturday, worship and orientation on Sunday, work at the Village of Hope near Johannesburg on Monday through Friday, a choice of optional activities on Saturday, worship and departure on Sunday, and arrival in NC on Monday morning. Extensions are available for a total stay in South Africa of up to 14 days that will allow teams to assist a church planter in Central Drakensburg, and/or visit a game park. The length of your trip will determine trip cost (see below).
Total cost will be dependent on: 1) number of days you are in South Africa 2) the current cost of airfare. Cost per person will be the cost of airfare + $50 per person per day for field costs. Field costs include lodging, most meals, in-country transportation, orientation, and insurance. Some personal spending money will be needed for a few meals and souvenirs. Day excursions to a lion park are available at a small additional cost, as are overnight excursions to a game park. On site coordinators for Door of Hope will communicate these possibilities to teams.
Each team should provide the cost of materials for construction projects. Unless otherwise stated, the cost for most construction projects will be a minimum of $5000 per team, with a goal of $10,000. Cost of each cottage will be $30,000 and three teams should be able to build a cottage. The goal is to have three teams cover the cost of a cottage. This amount must be received in our office 30 days prior to your departure date so that job site preparation may begin and materials delivered on-site prior to your arrival.
Teams should be comprised of no less than 5 members and no more than 18. On-site coordinators will arrange logistics for teams. Housing and food logistics vary based on work location. Some teams may be asked to help with their food preparation. Applicants under 18 years of age need to receive documented parental consent to participate as required by the South African government.
Team members must be in good physical health. Anyone with a chronic medical condition should not volunteer for these projects. Many areas of work will be quite hot and dusty. Volunteers should make sure the following shots are up to date: Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Pertussis, Flu and Tetanus. Check with your healthcare provider and cdc.gov/travel for recommendations to the specific country destination.
All travel will be arranged by the NCBM/Baptists on Mission (BOM) office. Dates for travel are listed below. Any requested change of dates must be approved by BOM.
Living and Working Conditions
Those participating in this effort must be flexible and willing to work as a member of the team. Travel, living, and working conditions may be difficult at times. The work may be strenuous and the climate will be different. Once applications and deposits have been received, team members will be given information, which will answer many questions about the trip. Team members should consult the orientation manual, which can be read here, for more information.
Smoking, chewing tobacco, and drinking alcoholic beverages may be highly offensive to other Christians. Team members must refrain from these activities while traveling with Baptists on Mission.