Tim Black, General Director of Scripture Union South Africa and Director of Reach Africa turned 60-years-old on September 29!
To commemorate 60 turns around the sun, Tim wants to celebrate by making a transformative difference in the lives of young people, something that has always been really close to his heart.
And he would like you to join in the celebration!
A Virginia USA native, Tim and his family have been living in Cape Town, South Africa for close to two decades; it’s a place they call home.
Tim says “South Africa is an amazing country filled with incredible diversity, experienced in the beauty of its landscapes and the faces of its people. Our desire, whether in the US or in SA, has always been to join with the local church to facilitate a movement of the gospel that engages poverty and inequality in a way that makes Jesus known and worshipped. As I look back on 60 years, and particularly the last two decades of ministry work in South Africa, I’ve been reflecting on the many stories that have shaped me, my family and the work God has called us to do. God is the great storyteller and there are many more stories to be told. I’m turning 60 with great expectation!”
Tim’s ministry in South Africa over the years has been interwoven with both mountain top and valley experiences. Despite the beauty of the nation and people, South Africa has been named as one of the most violent and dangerous places on earth and getting worse. A large portion of Tim’s work with Reach Africa and Scripture Union SA is focused on making a transformative impact on young people, many who are experiencing the hardships of violence, poverty, and trauma.
Reach Africa and Scripture Union SA seek to develop young people socially, mentally, spiritually and physically. Scripture Union SA has a long legacy, nearly 100 years, of children's work that has not only enabled young people to 'know and walk with God' but has pushed the boundaries for community transformation across South Africa.
A VERY special youth engagement project has been launched in partnership with Reach Africa and Scripture Union SA to celebrate Tim’s 60th birthday!
This project will bring the Reach4Life Bible alive digitally for young people of all ages.
Teaming up with Sling Shot Media and author/speaker and former SU staff worker Terran Williams, a state-of-the-art video series will be produced to engage young people with the gospel in ways that are contextual, timely, and relevant. These high-quality and captivating video tools will meet young people right where they are with a life-changing message and a mentoring/discipleship journey to bring about life-long change. Issues youth face will be addressed head on such as peer pressure, substance abuse, sexuality, identity, gang violence, and more
– all pointing young people back to Scripture.
By leaning into the relational muscle of Scripture Union’s decades of school’s work, this video series will impact many thousands of young people around the country, and millions around the world!
Just as the Reach4Life Bible has had a global impact in the lives of young people, the global footprint of Scripture Union is a platform from which we believe this tool could bring transformation to millions of lives, starting in South Africa and moving across the world.
Here’s Terran to share this vision.
And Slingshot’s expertise is quite special.
Now you know why Tim is so passionate about seeing this project completed!
The potential for seeing the lives of young people impacted by the gospel through this incredible tool is massive! So, this is what is needed:
Tim has a BIG goal to raise $30,000 in 60 days to fund this project. By meeting this goal, 100% of the filming and productions costs will be covered, and the series can begin to make an impact!
Would you consider a gift toward this celebration?
You’ll be hearing more from Tim and the team throughout this campaign. We can’t wait to tell you more about this incredible opportunity over these next few weeks. Please be on the lookout!
And please be sure to wish Tim a happy birthday on Reach Africa’s Facebook page!
On behalf of Tim, Reach Africa and Scripture Union SA – THANK YOU!!
Trusting God for more captivating stories in the future!