Shannon and Corné Stone
Missionaries to South Africa
Shannon, from the USA, and Corné, from South Africa, met on the mission field in Amsterdam while working at a Christian youth hostel. From the very beginning, they were missions-minded and made plans to return to South Africa for long-term service. Initially when they returned to South Africa, they planned on one of them working full-time outside the ministry, but when they did an outreach in the local township, they realized the severe need and couldn’t turn away from it, deciding that both would focus on the ministry full-time.
In South Africa, children are often alone at home after school, many are raised by older siblings or grandparents, and are malnourished physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The Stones started reaching into the community with food and interacting with the children. Currently, up to 100 children a week come to their house for food and to play. The Stones pray with them, do health and Bible teachings, and hold outreaches in the township to bring Bibles, blankets, food and prayer. Since the outreach was house-to-house based, it quickly enabled them to understand the living environments of the children they serve — severe poverty that often affords only one low nutritional value meal per day.
Soon the Stones will move into the house they are building on a farm outside of town, but have placed an application for a piece of land within the township to build a ministry site where they can serve the children nutritious food and provide a safe place for after-school activities. In the future they also hope to provide a safe house for children who feel threatened.