Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Generation Ministries

  • Thirty-two years ago, Peter and Bev van der Westhayzen left Bible college and began full-time missions involvement.
  • Twenty-five years ago they relocated to Hong Kong, stepped out in faith, and began ministry to the children of Asia and the Middle East.
  • In response to God’s clear call, they trusted in the truth expressed so well by Hudson Taylor that “God’s work done in God’s way would never lack God supply.”
  • The Lord supplied money and dedicated people from various nations who teamed up with them and became the key to fulfilling what God called them to accomplish.
  • Many thousands of children began relationships with Jesus and grew through discipleship programmes.
  • Bev began to write, starting with the first ten foundational discipleship lessons.
  • Despite no firm contacts in restricted-access nations such as China and Vietnam, through one God-ordained circumstance after the other, step-by-step, the Lord made a way to overcome many obstacles.
  • From small beginnings with only a dream of how this could come to pass, Generation Ministries now ministers to tens of thousands of children in over ten nations.
  • Some highlights have been:
  • After working with Vietnamese refugees for two years in Hong Kong, they began twenty-five years of ministry to Vietnamese children among the house church movement.
  • A four-year programme in China resulted in 20,000 children’s workers being trained.
  • The birthing of an exceptional ministry in Bangladesh that now, through a staff of sixty-four people, reaches communities where children’s needs are greatest.
  • The introduction, publication, and wide usage of an extensive discipleship programme in four countries.
  • Over 70,000 “Grow Up with Jesus” (CBL) book/visual aid sets printed.
  • Publishing of another 60,000 books of lessons, Bible studies, and evangelism materials in seven languages.
  • Training of around 50,000 children’s workers.
  • Small-scale humanitarian projects.
  • Peter and Bev write that they are “so grateful to those who have supported the ministry – particularly those who have given consistently for many years – some since the very beginning of our ministry. We are hugely grateful to God who has given us this wonderful privilege of serving him in his purposes.”

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