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Nicole Boone – Executive Director

Nicole Boone first went to South Africa in August 2000.  While there, she was deeply moved by the condition of the people, especially the children.  She knew she couldn’t single-handedly eliminate the poverty and crisis, but she thought that she could bring hope through her own personal relationship with Christ.  So, Nicole left her family, friends, and career potential in America and in January 2002 opened the doors of the Kids Learning Center in Kurland, South Africa.

Nicole is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a double major in History and African American Studies and a Masters of Teaching.  While at UVA, she led a dynamic Christian fellowship. She has a passion for ensuring that the young people in every nation have a passion for Jesus and seek to do His will with their lives.  In addition to ministering to college students, singles, and youth, Nicole has served as a missionary in South Africa for many years.

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Michael Lancaster – Deputy Director

Michael Lancaster first went to South Africa in May 2002 to visit and support his friend Nicole in her efforts.  While there, he also became personally aware of the state of the children and the lack of any real escape from their situations.  After rushing back to the U.S. to bury his grandmother, Michael realized he had more to offer these children and moved later that year to assist Nicole with the outreach.

Michael desires to see youth develop academically and spiritually.  A former teacher in Atlanta, GA, he brings a wealth of experience and the ability to connect with children.  Michael received a Bachelor’s degree in History and African-American Studies from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Georgia, which he hopes will help advance the mission of Goshen International.


joyce explains 4Joyce Ray – Biblical Leadership Coordinator

Joyce Ray brings a wealth of biblical and spiritual experience to the Learning Center having been involved in planting churches and teaching Bible studies for many years.  A native of New Jersey, Joyce first visited South Africa in 1999, and returned every year thereafter until 2002.  As she was impressed by the tremendous needs of the country, Joyce was commissioned as a full-time missionary and moved to South Africa in 2003.

Joyce worked as a social worker in the U.S. and received numerous certifications in Biblical instruction.  She holds a diploma from the Philadelphia College of Bible in Bible Studies and a diploma from the Christian Counseling Education Foundation in Biblical Counseling.  Joyce leads numerous discipleship classes and a pregnancy center in the Plettenberg Bay area and has taught in the Kurland Learning Center for more than ten years.


kathy handing out papersKathy Terblanche – Science Coordinator

Kathy Terblanche leads dynamic, interactive science classes and has ignited a sincere love of science in the students of the Learning Center.  She is a US citizen with permanent residency status in South Africa.  She came to South Africa seven years ago where she met and married her husband; a South African citizen.

Kathy has been teaching in one form or another since the early 1970’s.  She was raised in Minnesota where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and Public Health Education.  After receiving her Bachelors degrees, she spent 10 years working for the YMCA.  While with the YMCA, she taught everything from aquatics to preschool to fitness classes.  She has taught ages ranging from 6 months to 90 years old.  She then returned to school to obtain a Master of Arts degree in Science Education from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO.  After one year of teaching for the St. Joseph, MO. School District, Kathy moved to California and spent 7 years teaching in various capacities for the Orange County Department of Education in their Outdoor Science School program.

We met Kathy when our car broke down and her husband helped us.  Kathy has been teaching science for the Kurland Learning Center for more than ten years.  Her favorite quote is, “In the end, we will conserve the things we love, love the things we understand, and understand what we are taught.”