Reaching out to the Bakers

Raaitjie Bothma, Barend Kotze and a very happy Marlize Baker.

Barend Kotze and Raaitjie Bothma from a non-profit organisation (NPO) called Ekklesia Equipping Ministries (EEM) delivered food parcels to a family in need in Kocksoord on Wednesday, 10 January.

The Herald has reported about Duncan Baker before. He was born with a broken skull in 2015 and since has undergone successful surgery. Duncan is doing much better now and even started walking a month ago. His sister is four years old and also doing very well.

Marlize and Duncan Baker, looking and getting better by the day.

Because of the Baker’s financial woes, among them not being able to afford electricity for some time, Barend and Raaitjie got together some groceries for them. They also prayed for the whole family.

Barend has been the owner of EEM for the past 18 months and now wants to reach out to the community of Randfontein. He has worked for a church for seven years and will be ordained as pastor next year. He often travels to Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and has just returned from Lesotho with his Hope Foundation Project.


“Our primary focus and goal with the Hope Foundation Project are simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to extend a hand of hope to alleviate human suffering and help people grow in their faith in God,” said Barend.”

They will be reaching out to those who are vulnerable and neglected as well as abused men, women and children.

“We want to provide the love and support that each person needs to reach their potential, enabling them to grow and develop a healthy, Godly lifestyle,” he added.

All these projects will be hands-on, and they will get to work with people of all ages – from children to the elderly. The Hope Foundation Project will provide a place of care, encouragement and support on a spiritual, physical and emotional level to help people carry their burdens.

Little Tristan, now three, was full of beans when we visited the family.

At their community workshops, women and men who are without formal employment and have little opportunity to get a job will be given basic business and working skills so that they can provide for their families. The men will also be trained in woodwork, metalwork, building and construction, while the women will be trained in crocheting, sewing and beading.

The Project will engage qualified local teachers to help children, teenagers, young adults and adults learn to read and write. Their values are –

• Reach the vulnerable

• Restore the survivors

• Love, liberate, lead and launch

Marinda MacGillicuddy, Duncan’s grandmother, also received a prayer and was very grateful for the help.

Barend urges anybody from the community, including dentists, doctors, professionals, teachers and so on to join him to empower the under-privileged so they can make a living. Donations of stationery, clothes and non-perishable food are also most welcome.

• Details: Contact 066 133 335

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