History and Development
1986 Kelly first arrived in the Republic of Transkei to pray and to see what God was doing among the Xhosa people. He originally visited Africa with his business partner and three of his clients. As a result of Kelly’s visit, he returned to Montana and received confirmation from Kathy that they were to move permanently to a remote area in the southern Transkei.
1987 Kelly and Kathy spent over a year preparing to move one-way to Africa. They traveled throughout the western United States, ministering and developing relationships.
1988 The Kosky family (Kelly, Kathy, and five children, all under 9 years old) arrives in the Republic of Transkei. Initially they lived in a community called Idutywa, where there was little or no English spoken. They focused primarily on language acquisition, relationship building, and cultural understanding.
1989 The Koskys moved more deeply into the Transkei, and establishing the first mission station in Gatyana, a remote village without on-line electricity (the Koskys used a generator), telephone, or adequate water supply. In addition to establishing a mission base, they began to do village outreaches into the remote Xhosa villages.
1990 Kathy gives birth to their youngest daughter, Maria. The mission continues to plant churches throughout the Transkei, and Kelly works in the Mozambique refugee camps.
1991 The first formal ministry is established, called Transkei Victory Christian Ministries (TVCM). The basic vision for TVCM was to evangelize the unreached and to plant churches in the remote Xhosa villages.
1992 Kelly partners with Campus Crusade to establish the “Jesus Film” project in Xhosa. In addition, Kelly establishes African New Life Ministries (ANLM) to the more westernized Xhosa, who lived in townships (ghettos) or urbanized areas.
1993 The Transkei is swallowed up by South Africa, and are no longer officially called a ‘republic’. A former Xhosa chief, named Nelson Mandela is released from prison, and Apartheid is officially abolished.
1994 Nelson Mandela is elected the first black president of South Africa. The Koskys establish a second major mission base near the second largest black township in South Africa.
1996 The Koskys are notified that the mission station in Gatyana is being taken over by the private owner, and notice is given to leave the mission. The government hears of the possibility that the Koskys might close down the mission work and leave. In response the government offers the Koskys 20 areas of land to establish a new mission station in Gatyana. After a prayerful hesitation, by Kelly, the government offers to bring water, telephone and electricity to Gatyana. The Koskys decide to continue in the work that the Lord has called them to in the Transkei and they rebuilt a new mission station.
1997 Kelly is in a major vehicle accident and his shoulder is broken in six places. While Kelly heals, his apostolic teams continue to evangelize and plant Xhosa churches throughout the Transkei.
1998 Revival breaks out among the Xhosa Christians, and the ministries triples in size. Two missionary couples arrive, but the difficulties of working on the frontlines of the harvest field seem too much for these new missionaries, and they soon return back to the States.
1999 Zach and Jessica, the two oldest children, obtain full scholarships to attend universities in Colorado.
2000 The Lord uses the Koskys to establish the first Xhosa Bible College in Africa. Xhosa speaking teachers come from many countries to work at establishing the Bible College. Even though students in the first enrolling class maximize the resources of the Bible College, the Lord sustains the work.
2001 Rachel (3rd daughter) is blessed with a full scholarship to study engineering at the University of Denver. Jessica moves to Russia for a semester. The ministry establishes its first major school in the Transkei.
2002 The Bible college expands from a 2 year to a 3 year program. Kelly ministers nationally and internationally.
2003 Revival once again breaks out in the churches and as a result, many new churches are started. A water well is drilled at the main mission station, providing pure deep water.
2004 HIV/AIDS is declared a pandemic in southern Africa. There are more deaths than births as a result of HIV/AIDS. After much prayer Southern Cross Ministries is founded to be proactive in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
2005 Southern Cross Ministries builds an HIV/AIDS hospital in the middle of the largest Xhosa township in South Africa (approx one million). The government officials give Kelly and Southern Cross Ministries an award for making a huge impact in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic
2006 After much prayer, some of the key Xhosa leaders have a vision to reach the children who are orphaned and vulnerable as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. A policy is established in the churches that all families are strongly encouraged to take in children who are without parents.
2007 Construction is started on a children’s shelter in Msobomvu.
2008 The Children’s Shelter is finally constructed and opened. The entire community of Msobomvu rejoices at the opening of the facility.
2009 A kitchen facility in Msobomvu is constructed and equipped to feed the children’s shelter along with those in the community who are hungry and without food.
2010 Kelly losses his leg in a tragic accident near the black township of Khayamondi. After 3 additional surgeries on Kelly’s leg, he returned to the rural villages to minister.
2011 Archbishop Tutu and Kelly start meeting on a regular basis, and the fellowship has begun. The US State Department gives Kelly and Kathy an achievement award for 25 years of service in helping the disadvantaged people of Africa.