Do you have a desire to grow in your faith? Do you want to be trained in practical ministry skills and want to be challenged to put your faith into action?  Come and join our Reach programme! Together with other people from all over the world, you will be trained, discipled and guided to find your place of strategic involvement in seeing Vibrant Communities of Jesus Followers among the Least Reached.

Our flagship offering includes both our REACH foundation training (5 months) and our Internship phase (6 months). This 11-month programme in a multi-cultural environment provides participants with both classroom and practical ministry experience in preparation to serve in a least reached field.

You will be able to put your classroom learning into practice in the real world through outreaches and ministry opportunities. This may include practical work serving one another, ministry placements, volunteering and visiting existing OM ministries or churches, and one-day outreach opportunities to share the gospel. There will also be longer, cross-cultural outreaches to give you a taste of different mission contexts. These experiences will train and prepare you for future ministry.

The full 11-month programme offers participants the best preparation for least reached ministry, however, participants may join for the 5-month and 6-month programmes separately.

A unique part of REACH in South Africa is our Internship programme (6 months). This programme will place you in a location and situation that is customised for your needs and that will prepare you to serve the least reached among the nations. Participants that have completed REACH or already have ministry experience can (after evaluation) choose to take part in an Internship programme to gain missions experience in a specific field in preparation for long-term placement.

  Dates Cost (excluding flights, insurance, DBS and any vaccinations required) Apply by

Intake 1

(5 months Training Only)

11 February 2023* - 10 June 2023

£2,350

21 December 2022

Intake 1 (11 months - Training & Internship)

11 February 2023* - 31 December 2023

£6,970

21 December 2022

Intake 2

(5 months Training Only)

12 August 2023* - 09 December 2023 £2,350 12 June 2023

Intake 2 (11 months - Training & Internship)

12 August 2023* - 30 June 2024 £6,970 12 June 2023
Ages 18+   
Suitable for single people welcomemarried couples welcomesorry, no familiessorry, no groups    

*early arrival before the outreach is highly recommended to recover from jet lag and prepare. The earliest you can arrive is the Monday prior to your outreach and there is no additional charge for going earlier. 

Participant Profile

Participants need to:

  •  Have a love for Jesus and a desire to share their faith
  •  Be flexible and be willing to work as a team
  •  Have at least conversational English language ability

Accommodation

During study weeks you will be at the Reach base in Pretoria. On outreaches you will be in villages and towns in South Africa and possibly Lesotho, with local families and churches, amongst some of the least-reached people groups.

Food

Nourishing meals are planned by our OM base teams. Be prepared to also grow in teamwork as you prepare ingredients, cook, and wash plates for the rest of your Reach group, on occasion.

Travel

Participants must plan to arrive at Johannesburg Airport for both intakes.

All travel during the outreach time is covered and organised by Reach. Please do not book flights until you have received your acceptance email.  

Health

Participants must be generally in good health. Please advise us of any medical issues we should be aware of and/or dietary restrictions. 

Visa

See https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-africa/entry-requirements 

If you are joining the 5 month REACH training only, British passport holders can go to SA without a visa for 90 days and then request a 90 day extension while there, which the team leaders will help with. If you are joining the full training programme, British passport holders will require a multiple entry visitor’s visa with the purpose of doing voluntary activities with OM.

Social Media

Connect with the REACH in South Africa community and get an idea of the ministry on our social media pages:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/omsamdt

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reach_southafrica/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4gKS52xELNs7WSRLsFAkdA

Notes 

Applicants must be 18+ This training is tailored towards those aged 18-65.

Price excludes flights, insurance & any possible vaccinations and is subject to change according to the exchange rate.

The price excludes OM UK's Getting into Gear preparation weekend in Shropshire, which is run every May and October and costs an additional £50 (please enquire for details).

As part of our Safeguarding policy, you will require a valid enhanced DBS certificate, which may cost an additional £15. 

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