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> Darryl and Janine Mather-Pike
Janine and I are the proud parents of four beautiful children; two
daughters and two sons. Deanne is 19, Dustene 18, Joshua 13 and
Jodhi 11. Janine was born in South Africa while I was born in what
was Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. Janine and I were dating back in 1982
when we came to know the Lord under the hell fire and brimstone
preaching of a local pastor. Having survived that, we married the
following year and life in the ministry began for us as a couple.
I served as Youth Pastor for the first four years with our local
church and then we moved into full time ministry at a bible training
school in the north east part of the country. There I served as
a teacher in the bible school, lead praise and worship and headed
up the local outreach program. In 1990 the Lord moved us back to
Zimbabwe where we worked both in business and in full time ministry.
Finally, in June of 1998 we made the long journey across the Atlantic
to Cape Cod as the associate pastor and music co-coordinator for
Living Hope Family Church. From January 1st 2002 to January 1,
2006, I had the privilege and honor of serving as the senior
pastor. My faithful companion in this journey has been my wife who
has loved me through it all and who for the past 7 years has performed
the important task of home schooling our children. It is our joy
and delight to continue with the Living Hope Church Family as missionaries
in the Directorship of Emoyeni South Africa. We look forward to
many future visits with our American church family.
South Africa is described as ‘A world in one country’ by the nation’s own Tourist Board and it is a fitting description for this beautiful and diverse country. Our connection to South Africa runs deep as all three pastors who have served at Living Hope are from there. Our connection to the town of Badplaas, South Africa, came through our relationship with Emoyeni, USA, an organization for community development, focusing mainly on the rescue and support of orphans of the AIDS pandemic in the region. In March of 2004 while en route to Mozambique, our missions team stopped off in Badplaas to support Emoyeni’s first mission efforts in the region. Our hearts were won by the people and a relationship was established. A year later we returned, having raised $15,000 to build a new church building for Pastor Selby, a local indigenous pastor and his congregation. Our mission was coordinated with the work of other teams including a medical mission team from South Carolina; a ministry called Youth for Christ, who train young men and woman to sing, dance and perform drama; and a group of helpers from The Living Word Church in Pretoria. During the day we built the physical church, and at night we built the spiritual church in tent crusade meetings, where we saw people saved and healed by God’s love and power. We also distributed blankets to members of other churches and school uniforms to 16 needy children in the local school. Deep, heartfelt relational ties were formed and we will see many more teams from Living Hope returning to the region.
Report on the South Africa Mission of March 7-20, 2005
Goals > Contributed by Henry Scammell
The 2005 South Africa Mission to Badplaas (a semi-rural community 3 hours east of Johannesburg and 40 minutes northwest of Swaziland) extended from a successful visit the prior year to the same location by a team of volunteers from Living Hope Family Church in Hyannis, Massachusetts. This year's objectives were in three parts: build a church and community center at the site of the first mission; provide free health care by volunteer students and professionals from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC); and conduct evangelical outreach in support of a faith community that had more than doubled since the first visit.
The Cape Cod team, led by Pastor Daryl Mather-Pike, consisted of 12 adults, one 9-year-old and 4 teen-agers. Eight adults, the 9-year-old and 3 teens were from Living Hope, three adults were from other Cape Cod churches, one was on leave from a youth ministry elsewhere in South Africa, and the final teen was from Michigan. Present or past professions represented were pastor, carpenter, nurse, baker, plumber, teacher, business executive, flight attendant, administrator, paralegal and writer. Ages ranged from 14 to 72.
The medical team of 15 consisted of one physician and 14 physician's assistants, all in their 20s or 30s.
Other participants included a team of 5 youth ministry volunteers from Emoyeni, Hope for Africa's Children, headquartered in Pretoria. Youth for Christ sent 8 volunteers, five from South Africa, two from other African countries and one from Germany. Funanani, an organization specializing in community building, sent 4 volunteers from Pretoria.
Professional participants included two steel workers from Durban and four local laborers.
There were also numerous volunteers from local congregations, principally women and children. Most were from the original church on the site of the new construction, headed by Pastor Selby.
Primary sponsorship was by Living Hope Family Church and Emoyeni USA. Cape Cod team members were encouraged to find sponsorship among friends, local businesses and civic organizations. Sufficient funds were raised to partly reimburse travel expenses and to substantially support the project.
A week before the start of the mission, several team members who had arrived in South Africa early met by chance on the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town. Robbin Island, the site of Nelson Mandela's long captivity and now a symbol of the country's newfound liberty, floated on the sparkling sea below. The delight of this unexpected encounter was enhanced by the dramatic setting, spectacular scenery, and the group's anticipation of what lay just ahead.
Building the Church
The group assembled again at Jan Smuts Airport in Johannesburg and traveled together to Badplaas. At the site, each day began with an affirmation of the team's faith and purpose, based on prayer, songs and reflections on scripture. The framework for the church had been erected by the steelworkers from Durban in time for the team's arrival. What remained was building the foundation and walls, placing the doors and windows, building the septic system, and leveling the floor of the interior. This involved the mixing of tons of cement by hand and the placement of hundreds of cinder blocks.
When it became apparent to church members that this was a hands-on mission, and not just a bunch of outsiders who came with money to watch others work, local participation increased with each passing day. Women and children helped mix the mortar and joined the chain that transported the heavy, rough cinder blocks from the stocking area to the points of need. For many of the Africans, it was the first time they had ever seen a white woman doing manual labor. (Pastor Selby's admiration for the "old women" who toiled on behalf of Black Africans received a mixed response from his American audience.)
A big part of the mission's purpose was outreach, but the project provided such a magnet to local participation that much of the planned outreach took place right at the site.