Yapton Free Church has been running the Nepal Project for over 16 years and has raised more than £250,000 for an orphanage, 16 schools, various churches and other projects




This South Africa project began as a passion for the suffering by Veyanke Hodson... that vision and passion caught hold of the hearts of our church and the community. As a result the connection and support has been growing year on year.

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Hanneke Van Driel spent 12 years in Mongolia. It is therefore no surprise that the connection is ongoing! Hanneke has now been living in the UK for 3 years and the project in Henti is being led by local people. We have recently had an update and thank you from Caecilie Reuss who is a missionary and representative of HELP International in Nepal.  She wrote the following: 

'On behalf of HELP International, Mongolia we want to thank you very, very much for the big support we received from you! We appreciate this a lot!

The money was and is mainly being used for our work in the Henti province.

On our compounds in Henti we have a living community and run our different ministries from there. Especially after the long and cold winters always repairs and renovation has to be done to keep the place nice.
The community is the heart of the ministry. It has the goal to train people in discipleship and provide a healthy environment to help people with different kind of difficulties, mainly alcohol addiction. At the moment there are several families (including staff), single women; and men, who want to get free from their alcohol addiction living on our compounds.

Our projects include:

Children and youth work: We meet regularly with children and youth, hand out food for those in need, teach music, do sports and games and discipleship training. We also take the young people on outreaches to meet and help other young people.

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Alcohol rehab: We have weekly meetings with people (mainly men) who want to get free from their alcohol addition, and some come to live with us in our community for a few months and start a new life.

Prison work: We go on outreaches into the local prison and others around the country. Soon we are again invited into a High-Security-Prison where we want to help with sponsoring tools for doing carpentry.

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Mercy Ministries: We visit those in need, especially the old and/or sick who are bedridden and help with what is needed. During the cold winters we hand out fuel (coal and wood).'

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This year, through the money raised at Gaston Farm Open Lambing, we were able to help support the building and renovations of a new meeting place in Henti! (See the pictures below)


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There are so many connections that Yapton Free Church has developed on the European continent...Netherlands, France and others.


For Steve and Cathy Voke's current prayer letter and update on their work in Chateau Arnoux Saint Auban, Southern France, please email Steve on

Our links in the Netherlands have continued to grow with the Dutch coming over to Gaston Farm to assist with lambing and teams from Yapton Free visiting Arnhem church. Hanneke has given us an update on the latest visit below.  

One big family

Early on Monday morning, the 26th of October, 5 cars pulled out of the Yapton Free Church parking lot, heading for the Netherlands. 18 people had decided to spend their half term holiday week, helping a church in Arnhem renovating their new building.

For me, this was a very special trip: Going back to my home town and the church I attended as a teenager, but this time accompanied by a group of Brits from the village that has become my home.

It was an amazing time of connecting. Painting, cleaning, eating (lots!), laughing, singing and playing together… the phrase ‘this feels like family!’ was often heard. Gradually the former school building was taking on colour, the slab stairs were newly laid, the patio swept, everyone gave their best.

The outreach was rounded off with a weekend conference, well attended by church people and some guests from the neighbourhood. What is better than worshipping one God together?

As the time of departure came, many Dutch friends were waving us goodbye. “Thank you so much! See you next spring at Gaston farm!”

Hanneke van Driel


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Gaston Farm

Lambing Charities


Yapton Free Church is totally committed to supporting Gaston Farm, Slindon at both 'Open Lambing' and 'Open Shearing'. 

This Year (2017), with the help of our volunteers and the public, we have raised over £38,000 for our charities in Nepal, South Africa, Mongolia, Burundi, Zambia and local Charities. More information will follow soon. Please see below for how the incredible £41,000 that we raised in 2016 made a difference! 

 The money raised has made and incredible impact around the world from providing water in remote villages in Nepal to supporting local charities such as the Snowdrop Trust. 

Here are just a few thing things that this money has gone towards:

- It went towards building and restoring a meeting place in Mongolia! (visit our Mongolia page for more)

- Providing food and living expenses for a team of 20 people + families in Burundi for 2 months. We were able to send this money out to Burundi at a time when they were desperately in need; some of these people were genuinely starving and with no other income possible, this donation literally kept them alive!

- Running water has been provided for a very remote village in the mountains of Nepal that had been affected by the Earthquake in 2015. 

-The mortgage for the orphanage building has now been completely paid off and it can now begin to be used as a training centre. (Visit our Nepal Page for more)

- We were able to support the SnowDrop trust and the incredible work they do in our local area. 

- Our Annual 'Holiday Club' in the Marquee on Yapton Village Green that runs during the first week of the school Holidays for primary-school Children. Throughout the week, there are also other events for all ages of the community from a Senior Citizens's cream to football tournaments and Parent and Toddler Teddy Bear's picnic! 

- Soup From Heaven (South Africa)has purchased an extra container to extend the size of the Soup Kitchen. We will help financially with setting up that container, put in windows, a shower, extra toilets etc. To make this container usable for future use eg. Sunday school, sewing classes, Bible study and many more activities! 

-  Soup From Heaven will be helping Ray of Sunshine House sort out their water supply and basic bathroom facilities. We will supply a new water pump so that water supply
   is safe and sustainable. 

- SFH is currently working on a project to supply some young children living in informal settlements bring a football club to life. We will supply them with some football kits, balls, food etc. They already have a dedicated football coach so we will be assisting him in empowering the children with new hope for the future! Exciting! (visit our Soup From Heaven page for more)

and much more... 


Drinking water in the remote areas of Nepal (below)


The meeting Place built in Mongolia (below)

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The Soup Kitchen (below)