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A MESSAGE FROM OUR MD, BERNARD JOUBERT

A MESSAGE FROM OUR MD, BERNARD JOUBERT

A message from our MD, Bernard JoubertIt is a great privilege to become the leader of a movement like Petra Institute. It is also a great challenge to maintain the growth curve in which the institute has been since its inception for the past 32 years. Steve Addison...

COVID-19 BRINGS ON A CLOUD, WITH ITS SILVER LINING

COVID-19 BRINGS ON A CLOUD, WITH ITS SILVER LINING

Covid-19 brings on a cloud, with its silver liningThe cornerstone that has always distinguished Petra Institute is our philosophy of building relationships. We constantly develop and explore the art of building healthy and respected relationships with, especially...

Jan Grobbelaar, Mentor Research and Academic Development

Jan Grobbelaar, Mentor Research and Academic Development

During our lives their come times that can be described as a decisive moment. A moment that confronts you with a difficult and important decision. Such a moment was my attendance at the Love Southern Africa mission conference in 1995. Marie, my wife, and I were both...

SAFEGUARDING THE MOZAMBICAN ORPHANS AND CHILDREN

SAFEGUARDING THE MOZAMBICAN ORPHANS AND CHILDREN

In Chokwe, a few hours’ drive from Maputo, Mozambique’s capital, a teacher’s daily routine became the lifebuoy for an orphaned girl. “One of my colleagues who I trained would after school pass a family’s home and ask for water. Finally, one day she asked the girl who...

AMIDST CONFUSION, THE CHRIST IS BORN

AMIDST CONFUSION, THE CHRIST IS BORN

Christmas in Armenia only comes in early January. “On January the 6th we celebrate our Christmas we call the Birth of Jesus” explains Shushan Telian, who currently acts as an interpreter between Petra Institute and our partner in Armenia, Anna Rafayelyan from Children’s Mission.

A MESSY CHRISTMAS TABLE

A MESSY CHRISTMAS TABLE

For little Johnny, it is the best day of the year. The pandemonium that occurs each year makes him feel safe, warm, and loved. At the Christmas table, little Johnny is enjoying his icing-covered face, while his older sister is explaining in her loudest voice to...

THE HEART OF A VOLUNTEER

THE HEART OF A VOLUNTEER

Feedback from Petra Institute’s Volunteers Many non-profit organisations would not be able to do the work they are doing without the help of volunteers. To many, volunteering is a foreign concept, and yet, in 2018, more than 77 million people in America has done some...

NARRATIVES, ORAL CULTURE AND COVID-19

NARRATIVES, ORAL CULTURE AND COVID-19

by Gerhard Strobos, Mwanza, Tanzania Looking back at the Covid-19 pandemic to this point, it is true the world passed through difficulty, heartache, and loss, but the last 6 months was good for my family and me. At the end of February 2020, I was looking at a crazy...

EQUIPPING LEADERSHIP IN CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

EQUIPPING LEADERSHIP IN CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

‘’I realised if you can change a classroom, you can change a community, and if you can change enough communities, you can change the world.’’ – Erin Gruwell Petra Institute has always equipped leaders with multiplication at the core of its training methodology. A...

CHILDREN MISSION INTERNATIONAL | PARTNERSHIP FOCUS

CHILDREN MISSION INTERNATIONAL | PARTNERSHIP FOCUS

Petra Institute has a long-standing partnership with Children Mission1 that spans 21 years. The ministry started because of the obedience of a South African farmer, Bernard Joubert2. Bernard and his wife, Chrismaré, attended a children’s ministry course in 1997 at...

IN CONVERSATION WITH JONATHAN KOFIE

IN CONVERSATION WITH JONATHAN KOFIE

- In collaboration with BorderLineStories Forced child labour, child trafficking, and child prostitution are just some of the challenges many children in Ghana face. In addition to this, positive interaction between children and parents is sadly very limited. “Main...

IN CONVERSATION WITH HANAA SAMUEL

IN CONVERSATION WITH HANAA SAMUEL

- In collaboration with BorderLineStories In Cairo, Egypt, many children face challenges similar to those found in countries around the world: poverty, violence, and sexual abuse “But the problem on top of that is we don’t have a system to help the children. We don’t...

IN CONVERSATION WITH DESIREE JOSEPH

IN CONVERSATION WITH DESIREE JOSEPH

- In collaboration with BorderLineStories Low self-esteem and peer pressure are some trials children in farming communities in South Africa face. In many cases, these trials are aggravated by inattentive parents and the absence of being listened to. “The parents are...

IN CONVERSATION WITH KOOT AND ENGELA

IN CONVERSATION WITH KOOT AND ENGELA

- In collaboration with BorderLineStories Poverty and abuse of alcohol are some of the ever-present circumstances that children in various households of South Africa are subject to. Building healthy relationships almost seem unimaginable in these unreceptive...

WORLD VISION, DRC | PARTNERSHIP FOCUS

WORLD VISION, DRC | PARTNERSHIP FOCUS

How Petra Institute is Adapting to Online Training Since 2018, we have attempted to train a group of leaders of World Vision in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The initial training would be a pilot project for World Vision to familiarise themselves with the...

THE IMPORTANCE OF SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN

THE IMPORTANCE OF SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN

In 1989 something incredible happened. Against the backdrop of a changing world order, world leaders came together and made a historic commitment to the world’s children. They made a promise to every child to protect and fulfil their rights, by adopting an...

THE LOVE OF A FATHER

THE LOVE OF A FATHER

Absent earthly fathers: the ripples on society Regarded as the first global study on fatherhood, the SOWF (State of the World’s Fathers) report sites a number of vital facts about the importance of fathers on the development of children’s lives, including: Involved...

COMMUNITIES WHERE CHILDREN THRIVE

COMMUNITIES WHERE CHILDREN THRIVE

By: Jan Grobbelaar Most people would say they desire that the children around them would be happy, that they would thrive and reach their full potential as human beings. Unfortunately, this does not happen in all contexts or environments in which children grow up. The...

AFRICA INLAND CHURCH, TANZANIA | PARTNERSHIP FOCUS

AFRICA INLAND CHURCH, TANZANIA | PARTNERSHIP FOCUS

Gerhard and Carmari Strobos, full-time staff members of Petra Institute, moved to Mwanza, Tanzania, in 2015 as part of a partnership between the institute and the Africa Inland Church, Tanzania (AICT). The AICT and Petra Institute partnered as a result of the Advocacy...

Our Partners

Africa Inland Church,
Tanzania

Aitsa After
Care

Baptist Theological Seminary

Child Development, Training & Research Centre

Children Mission International

Church of Central Africa Presbyterian

Church of
Pentecost

Coptic
Orphans

Eglise du Christ
au Congo ECC

Geita Christian College, AICT Bible Schools, Tanzania

Gospel Believers Ethiopian Church

Msingi Wa Ahadi
Bora

OM
Africa

Palestinian Bible
Society

Palm Tree Leadership Forum

Penreach
One and All

South African
Theological Seminary

Tehila
Trust

Tswane Leadership Foundation

Village of
Hope

World
Vision

Youth With
A Mission

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