370 children and 30 teachers sponsored in 2019!
In 2007, Brentwood UMC funded the construction of a church building in the Tumbleweed community of South Africa. This initial relationship grew into a ministry that now connects sponsors to children and teachers in three different South African schools. At each of our partner schools, children receive a God-centered educational foundation, as well as emotional and spiritual intervention and care.
There are many ways to get involved in our South Africa Outreach. You can sponsor a child or teacher through our sponsorship program, make a general donation to support needed resources for our three schools, or travel on one of our annual mission trips. Please contact Leslie Hotzfeld at or Stephanie Smith at with any questions.
General donations: Supply uniforms, health care, school supplies, and tuition assistance for students (One time donations and recurring payment options are available.)
Brentwood Methodist Church (South Africa) Preschool
Brentwood UMC funded the construction of a church building for the Tumbleweed community in South Africa in 2007. Named the Brentwood Methodist Church, South Africa, this facility provides a place to worship God, houses a preschool, and fosters economic opportunities for a community which struggles with extreme poverty, illness, and lack of educational opportunities.
Angels' Care Centre
Angels' Care was established by concerned residents in the Umngeni Municipal area to address the needs of desperately poor children from the local informal settlements who have experienced emotional and physical trauma. The aim of the organization is to assist children through the provision of preschool education, aftercare facilities, and feeding and health care programs. Through support, Angels' Care has been able to obtain their own facilities consisting of a caretakers cottage, medical and diagnostic equipment, and three new classrooms.
Thembelihle Pre-Primary and Primary School
Thembelihle is a private school that was started by Howick Methodist Church in Howick, South Africa. In 2008, a building was purchased to expand the preschool into a full pre-primary and primary school servicing students through seventh grade. Currently, the school is thriving with an expansion project to increase the number of children in the community they are able to educate.