In South Africa, Pfunanane has 10 full time missionaries who are passionate about transforming the youth of South Africa for Christ. Quite a few live on the property and run the children’s homes or live in the surrounding communities. Our missionaries come from all different areas of the United States as well as from our very own South Africa. Meet our missionaries:
After several years of serving at Pfunanane on short-term mission trips, Lesli and Casey joined the Pfunanane team full time in September of 2016. Having experienced firsthand God’s movement in this ministry, they were eager to jump in and contribute their own skills and passions, while also supporting the missionary team. As our Ministry Heads, their desire is to come alongside the missionaries and provide opportunities for spiritual growth and to ensure that the focus of the ministry remains Christ-exalting. In addition to serving as Ministry Heads, Casey currently leads the development and maintenance of the school property, while Lesli teaches math and science for the school’s 4th-7th graders. One of the main reasons they felt called to South Africa on a full-time basis was to build a Christ-centered vocational training center. They are actively working toward this end and, Lord willing, hope to open the training center in 2019.
Sarah first came to Pfunanane in 2007, and Mark joined her later when they married in 2011. When Sarah first came, she began the first children’s home on Pfunanane’s grounds. Sarah and Mark are both integral parts of the ministry. Aside from the busyness of raising 12 kids, Sarah is our Special Programs coordinator and Therapeutic Riding Program Director while Mark is our Security manager. We are thankful for the time, love, and dedication they give every day!
Support Mark + Sarah. (Use code SAfr-Twy.MST)
Cricket has been in missions for over 12 years now and a missionary teacher at Pfunanane Academy teaching Kindergarten for 7 years. Prior to Pfunanane, Cricket served as a missionary teacher in Uganda, as well as serving in Rwanda where she was involved in building homes and a school for orphans. In 2017, along with continuing to teach at Pfunanane, Cricket was asked to serve a small pre-school and Primary school in Malawi, Africa where she now travels a few times a year to train the teachers of these schools in the village of Samuti. As our native and only South African missionary, Cricket brings an invaluable wealth of knowledge and wisdom to our American missionaries along with a good amount of spunk too;)
Support Cricket. (Use code SAfr-Myr.JEM)
Erin first came to Pfunanane in 2010 when she felt the Lord call her here after she had spent 3 years serving with the Micah Project in Honduras. Along with raising her three South African boys, Erin is also heavily involved with helping aid the daily operations of Pfunanane through administrative duties. Her passion for serving the Lord and her heart for the children and adults in our ministry and community is obvious in the way she so selflessly serves and loves on all that cross her path!
Support Erin. (Use code SAfr-Mcl.EHM)
Katrina came to Pfunanane in 2013 to begin serving in her current role as a missionary teacher for 2nd Grade. Katrina’s why behind her what at Pfunanane stems from a long-standing passion from God to go out and serve in areas that others are not willing to go, specifically serving children in desperate communities and helping them see their true value in Christ. Addison arrived at Pfunanane in the fall of 2017 after marrying Katrina and also serves as a missionary teacher for 4th-7th grade teaching a variety of subjects. Along with teaching, Addison and Katrina are both involved in mentoring and leading Bible studies for the boys and girls living at Pfunanane, facilitating our soccer outreach to the local community, and house parents to children who need a temporary and safe place to stay. Their passion to serve others and to share the Gospel of Jesus is evident in the way they live out their daily life here at Pfunanane.
Support Addison + Katrina. (Use code SAfr-Myr.KMH)
Jenna has been serving as a full-time missionary at Pfunanane since 2016 after graduating from Cedarville University. She serves as our communications coordinator and sponsorship program assistant coordinator. In addition to her various roles between the school and ministry, Jenna plays a key role in supporting and praying for the families in our local community, serving as a mentor and Bible study leader to the girls living at Pfunanane, and helps meet the daily needs that arise at the ministry in whatever way she can.
Support Jenna. (Use code SAfr-Prty.JMP)
Shannon came to Pfunanane in 2016 after graduating with a degree in Social Studies and a minor in Equine Studies from Asbury University. The Lord has placed a passion in Shannon to help children who struggle emotionally, physically, or academically through using horses as a means for therapy. She currently serves as our Therapeutic Riding Program Assistant Director and has done an amazing job at helping the hurting children at Pfunanane find joy in learning how to ride and care for horses.
Support Shannon. (Use code SAfr-Hry.SEH)