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Helanca Van Heerden

Helanca Van Heerden


Dear Friends and Family,

I'm Helanca van Heerden, a long-term missionary based in Potchefstroom, South Africa, serving with Fire & Fragrance South Africa, a part of the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) organization. Our mission here is simple: to witness the power of the Gospel change South Africa and the rest of Africa!

At Fire and Fragrance South Africa, everything we do falls under six core areas:

1. Prayer and Worship: We begin each day, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 to 9:30, in fervent prayer and worship. We recognize that we are completely reliant on the Holy Spirit to move mightily in our midst (Micah 1:11).

2. Evangelism: I am passionate about sharing the story of the Gospel, believing that its message holds the power to bring hope and transformation to lives. Just like it did to my life.

3. Training: We are committed to discipleship, equipping individuals for a life of faith in Christ and preparing them for effective ministry both locally and globally.

4. Media: In a world where hope seems scarce, particularly in South Africa with its prevalent narratives of racism and corruption, we aim to rewrite the story by spreading messages of hope and faith, especially through social media platforms where Gen Z is most engaged.

5. Ending Bible Poverty Now: As a base we recognize the significance of having access to the Bible in one's own language. Therefore, we dedicate a significant portion of our time to translating and delivering the Scriptures to communities where they have yet to be made available in their mother tongues.

6. Mercy Ministries: Inspired by God's heart of compassion for the marginalized and vulnerable, we also seek to meet both the spiritual and practical needs of those we serve, extending love and care to orphans, widows, and others in need.

Thank you for considering supporting me in this vital work! If you have any questions or would like to receive newsletters and updates, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at

With gratitude, 

Helanca van Heerden

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