Kelly enjoyed running his own CPA firm in northwestern Montana, while Kathy was the county’s public health nurse. As they were growing in the Lord, the family was also growing. They served in many capacities at their local church, as well as speaking at Christian conferences. While Kelly was ministering in the West Indies, he saw firsthand the multitudes of people who were helpless and hopeless without the Lord. Kelly and Kathy couldn’t find contentment remaining in the Rockies, while knowing that the hidden-half is still unreached. After much prayer they decided to give away all that they had and commit their lives to reaching the lost of this world.
In the mid-80s Kelly and Kathy and their five children left their friends, family, and home and moved to the Republic of Transkei, Africa, which is the homeland of the Xhosa tribe. Without paved roads, electricity, water, telephone, and not knowing the isiXhosa language, life in this remote region was very difficult.
With the Lord’s help, however, they established their first mission station at a remote village called Gatyana. From this outpost they began to reach the tens of thousands of unreached Xhosa villages. The original mission was called Transkei Victory Christian Ministries. Hundreds of churches were established in the first years of the mission. But the Koskys were not content to just evangelize and plant churches; they had a desire to disciple the thousands of new Christians. It was then that they started the Gatyana Bible College in the Transkei, with a vision to disciple the Xhosa in the own language and culture.
In spite of seeing the Lord develop so many churches, they were disappointed that there were so few men in the rural locations. The Xhosa men were shipped to South Africa to work in the mines and factories, in hopes of earning enough money to someday buy a wife. It was decided that the mission was to expand into the black townships of South Africa; as a result African New Life Ministries was established to reach the more westernized Xhosa who lived in these black ghettos.
As fast as the Koskys could reach and evangelize the Xhosa, they seemed to be dying just as fast, as a result of HIV/AIDS. The biggest pastime was funerals. In spite of endless prayers, the pandemic seemed to be getting worse, and no one seemed to be doing anything significant to help with solutions. After several years of prayer the Koskys decided to establish a medical facility to minister to those afflicted with HIV/AIDS. This new ministry is called Southern Cross Ministries, and last year we helped about 78,000 people.
Over the last couple decades Kelly and Kathy have reached thousands of Xhosa villages and baptized over ten thousand amaXhosa. Even though their six children have moved overseas, Kelly and Kathy remain in Africa, to expand the kingdom, reaching further into the unreached villages of the Transkei. Kelly and Kathy continue to give their lives to touch the lost with the hope and love of Jesus.