South Africa Trip: With all the regulations, delays, Covid testing (and retesting), the trip there and back was a little bumpy, to say the least, but we still managed to have a great time. I was able to accomplish most of the things I needed to while in country. I met with a representative for christian school curriculum, I met with our lawyer who is now setting up Bay Baptist Academy as a non-profit, and I was able to meet with a realtor and see several properties.
While in South Africa, Camp Rhino hosted a youth day with our group, where most of our local churches participated by sending their teens. Several from the group gave testimonies, a couple of men preached, and there were 6 professions of faith. We also had the the group share the gospel at a men and women’s shelter, with a public school of 1000 students, as well as visit many of the churches in PE. It was encouraging to see the churches continue to gather with good numbers and several new faces training for the ministry, even though Covid restrictions are still in place.
Bay Baptist Academy: Last month, I mentioned my dreams being a little small. Well, God seems to be showing me just how small they were. We looked at a property that is currently used as medical complex and are very interested in purchasing it. It is in a great location which could facilitate our students who will be coming from our churches within the locations of Port Elizabeth. The building seems to meet not only all our needs, but also the current codes of safety and health, as it is still being occupied by several doctors and a pharmacy. It could eventually accommodate 250 students. The property is easily a million dollar facility which, at the moment, we could purchase for around $315,000. Click this link to view the property.
I spoke personally with the Minister of Education’s director for PE and he said that there are two things we will need before we should proceed to purchase the property. First, we will need a Re-zoning Certificate. We have to make sure we can use it as a school. Secondly, we will need a Health Certificate. Since it will be a school, the requirements for such are a little different than a health facility.
In order for this to become a reality, we are going to need a miracle. We currently have $81,000 in hand. That still leaves us with a short fall of $234,000. That’s a big number, but we serve a big God who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all what we ask or think. Also, we will need those certificates. Our prayer is that the Lord will provide all of these things, if this is the right direction for our ministry. Click here to view our BBA information packet and see how you can get more involved.
Furlough Travels: Since our last update, I had the opportunity to preach in a Spanish church in Alpharetta, at a youth camp in Trenton, GA, in a few places in South Africa, in a missions conference in Bristol, TN, and at several other churches in TN, GA, and NC.
- Marriage retreat with our mission board, July 29-31
- I will teach a three day class at the OGTC, August 3-5
- We have a family trip to VA for my brother-in-law’s wedding (Aug 11-14), followed by a long trip out west to AZ to visit Rebekah’s old home church and family.
Thank you for your prayers and for all that you do!
Jeremy and Rebekah Hall