Agapé Family Ministries
is a journey of stories

highlighting faith,
and unconditional love.

Welcome to our journey!

Portrait of a young disabled man smiling.Two nurses standing beside a disabled boy in a standing frame.Two nurses standing beside a disabled boy in a standing frame.Group photo of young adults and children in front of one of the cabins at Agapé Family Ministries.Portrait of a nurse at Agapé Family Ministries.Portrait of a young disabled child smiling while seated in a blue padded chair.Two nurses assisting a disabled infant laying in a rocking piece of furniture.Group photo of the Coetzee Family in 2018.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report.

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Hebrews 11: 1-3 KJV

To Gerritt & Ami Coetzee, the founders of Agapé Family Ministries in Grabouw in South Africa, faith has become a tangible substance that has sprouted a growing ministry to the poor and helpless in this small town and surrounding areas.

What started as a little wooden house given to them in 1994, became multiple properties from which sick and dying children have received new life, hungry souls and bellies have been filled, and lives of the most desperate and lost have been radically changed. We are proud to honour the King of Kings, Who has made this possible - as only He could - with a website that will stand as a memorial that

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Hebrews 13:8 ESV
A Little Wooden House
Our first home in Grabouw came from our desire to move into the community we were serving from a distance (while staying in Strand, about 30 minutes drive away). The Department of Forestry, having heard about our ministry, offered to give us an old wooden house they were no longer using and we gladly accepted. Soon we were praying for more space, as the two-room house was soon over-crowded with wheelchairs and needy children. God granted us more buildings by His grace through the Department of Forestry, and Agapé 1 was established.
People standing around old wooden buildings in Grabouw
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A completed building standing beside an incomplete steel-framed building.
50-cent school and
steel structure built by faith.
As our ministry grew, we were constantly challenged with the need for more infrastructure. With no money to purchase such things, we relied completely on the LORD to provide. He always did (and does still). The 50-cent school was sold to us for just that - 50 cents. The other steel structure was donated to us by a local company, but was not erected. The structural pieces lay on the ground for months, until a man came to us with a desire to pray that God would raise the structure up. About a week after his prayer, we were contacted by a company that wanted to donate some time to our ministry. Not knowing the man, we asked what his company did. "We put up steel structures!", was his reply. The rest is history.
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Today, 27 years down the road and counting, the work started by God through Gerritt & Ami Coetzee continues to be accomplished through our facilities, the help of hard-working volunteers, limited government subsidies and private financial support as it comes our way. But behind it all is the mighty hand of God, without Whom we would never have been able to take our first step.

You may or may not believe in God as you navigate this website. Whatever your belief, may this website stand as an uncompromising memorial that He exists, that His power is undeniable and His love for us is far above what we can ever imagine.

What we do

A nurse helping a disabled child learn to grasp onto plastic balls in a bucket of water.

Our main goal is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ PRACTICALLY, especially to those who are in need, by serving them with the love of Jesus Christ.

For us, this means serving the community of Grabouw - where we are based - by taking in the children and youth that the community is unable to care for and show them love, teach them as much as possible about God and life while providing them with as many tools as we can in order to enable them to reach their full potential.

See how we do it


The 3 videos above do a great job of condensing our story into a nutshell, the first having been taken in 2010, 16 years after we had started Agapé Family Ministries in Grabouw. The 2nd and 3rd videos were both taken in 2017 as a follow-up on our progress.

As great as these videos are, they only give a fraction of what our journey has been.

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Our Facilities

What started from a humble wooden home where children crowded the rooms and wheelchairs seemed to fill every corner, became 4 properties (3 still used by Agapé Family Ministries in Grabouw). Each property houses different infrastructure suited for different needs and organizational functions.

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Asiphe home

Our home for disabled children and adults. There is no real age limit here and we've taken in infants to the middle-aged, showing them love and care while doing our best to help them better themselves.

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Photo of Asiphe Home disabilities care facility


The Child & Youth Care Centre caters mostly to young adults in need of life training and a strong family environment where they are taught Christian values and cared for with all the love we can impart to them.

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The Child and Youth Care Centre building at Agapé 2 in Grabouw

Special needs school

Here, children and adults with special needs are taught basic skills and many things most of us take for granted - like cooking and buying groceries.

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The Agapé Special Needs School at Agapé 2 in Grabouw.

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Grade R school & ECD Centre (early childhood development)

Offered at the lowest fees possible in order to accommodate even the poorest in the community, these small centres act as pre-school and Grade R environments that are happy, safe and encourage children to learn - but still just be children.

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The Grade R School for Agapé in Grabouw at Agapé 3The Early Childhood Development Centre at Agapé 3 in Grabouw, South Africa

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Agapé Youth centre

Though the purpose of the new Youth Centre has not been fully established, it is currently set as a part of an exit program for young people that have stayed with Agapé's CYCC and are soon ready to spread their wings to make their own positive impacts

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The Youth Centre at Agapé 4 in Grabouw South Africa