Update from Jaco and Charmaine, June 2017

Dear Friends

We have been praying about the next step in terms of ministry for a long time. Jaco has been ministering in Pollsmoor prison for many years, but it became clear that this season is over. It became hard to get into the prison for ministry, and he lost the zeal for what he was doing.

Somehow we sensed that God was leading us to do a Couples and Family Counselling School with YWAM (Youth with a Mission) in Switzerland. We feel that this school will equip us more to offer support to couples and families that we encounter.


The school will start on 2nd of July and will be for twelve weeks till 22nd of September. Although we get a substantial discount, the school will cost us as a couple 5500 euro (including flights, food and accommodation). We have limited monthly support, and would like to ask you to prayerfully consider partnering with what God is doing through us. Monthly or once-off donations would be appreciated.

12 1⁄2 years of marriage is a big thing in The Netherlands, and we usually have a big celebration. It will soon be twelve and a half years ago that I, (Jaco) came to South Africa and married Charmaine.

Discipleship Training School
Charmaine is on staff of the Sound of the Nations DTS, and we would like to give you some feedback. The DTS (Discipleship Training School) is the entry level for working with YWAM. There are 19 students of which 12 are South Africans. This is quite significant as the vision of YWAM Muizenberg is also to see South Africans being released in the nations. The school is inter-generational with the youngest being 16 years old, and the oldest 44. It is encouraging to see so many young people with the desire to serve God. Some had tremendous breakthroughs in their lives, while others are struggling in their journey to surrender to God. It is amazing to see the transformation in the lives of these students. The students are now preparing to go on outreach to Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar. There are still some students who need finances for outreach. While in Madagascar they will help facilitate a Sound of the Nations seminar. It is a programme to help people to worship God through their own culture.

Please pray with us for:

  • The Couples and Family Counselling School that we will do. Please pray for all the arrangements that need to happen beforehand.
  • Sound of the Nations DTS, and Charmaine’s role within the team. The DTS outreach to the Indian Ocean islands.
  • Our work with the YWAM Muizenberg staff.
  • Financial provision
  • Financial provision.