We are not called to sit back in ease within the comforts of the church walls (Amos 6:1). Rather, as the church of Christ, we are called to go into all the world to proclaim the gospel of Christ’s death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins (Mark 16:15; Lu 24:47). As witnesses of Christ (Acts 1:8) it is our duty and delight to make disciples of Christ (Matt 28:19) who are being conformed to His image (Rom 8:29; Col 3:10). All of this is because God Himself has a heart for the nations; to bless them (Gen 12:3) to draw them near to himself (Isaiah 2:2-3), and for them to bow the knee (Isa 45:23; Phil 2:9-10) as they worship Him (Rev 7:9-10) with joy in His presence (Ps 16:11; Rev 21:3-4).
As a church who delights in the saving power of Christ, we cannot but help speak of what we have seen and heard (Acts 4:19-20). Bethany is therefore committed to gospel work, whether in our own community or around the world.
Besides our local evangelistic work through our GO (Gospel Outreach) ministries, Bethany is involved in the Baptist Union’s Bible Way Prison Ministry that seeks to carry the hope of God’s Word to prisons. At present Bethany co-ordinates the ministry at the Mangaung (Bloemfontein), the Tswelopele (Kimberley) and the Kroonstad Correctional Centres.
We also support members Gavin and Des Campbell who run Rose of Sharon Ministries. The main thrust of Rose of Sharon is evangelism, discipleship and works of mercy throughout South Africa. Special attention is given to needy young people and children and very poor or destitute old people and certain churches in poor communities.
Bethany also has a long history in church planting. At the moment, Bethany is involved in two church plants; one in Laudium in association with the Baptist Northern Association, and another in Mashushu with Summaria Mission.
Finally, Bethany is proud to be in partnership with eight missionary families spread across Southern Africa, Western Africa and the Middle East. We consider it a joy to pray weekly for these missionary families at our ‘Missions Prayer Meeting’ on Sunday evenings.