Below is an extract from an article which was printed in the Park URC (United Reformed Church) Magazine, to give some more background information to the trip this blog is about:
"You may remember that, back at the September 2011 Church Meeting, there was a presentation about a possible expedition from Park URC to Alathea Bible College (ABC) in South Africa, where church members Neil and Hilary Applegate are serving as missionaries.
There are eleven people on the Youth Team and eleven people on the Adult Team committed to this adventure and there has been much planning and fundraising taking place to enable the trip to take place. The group has just received provisional flight details, flying from Heathrow to Johannesburg.
During the last week of July and the first two weeks of August 2012, the team will be supporting the work of Neil and Hilary in a variety of ways. ABC was founded three years ago, in order to train church leaders to be able to tackle the many issues facing the South African church.
Alongside the Bible College, Alathea Skills Training and Higher Education College (ASTHEC) has been built, to provide skills training to local people, alongside bible training. Also connected to ABC is Grace School with 550 pupils aged 5 to 18 and this is one of the places we will be able to serve.
Other potential items on our itinerary include open air drama in the shopping precincts, supporting church plants in rural areas and hospital ministry. Running an after-school club for about a hundred young people will be one of the key projects for us.
Finally, business and practical projects will also be available for team members to support. Whilst members of the adult team will be serving according to their skill sets and areas of expertise, the youth team will be working together on a range of different projects. Whilst we are away, we will also be taking some time to experience the special attractions of South Africa, such as the famous Kruger National Park. We look forward to sharing with you further details of the project for your ongoing prayer support."