The Grahams arrived in South Africa in January 2000. They served in Johannesburg with other BWM missionaries laboring to grow an existing church while the Grahams planted a new church in Elandsfontein. Eric taught regularly in a Bible institute. In 2006, they moved to Cape Town and have labored to grow an existing work in Northpine. Since 2010, they have also labored at church-planting in Gugulethu. Eric has taught Bible institute classes throughout his years in South Africa. In 2021 the Grahams were joined by two more BWM missionary couples, the Fruins and then the Childs.
During the Graham’s 23 years in South Africa, the population has grown from 40 million to almost 60 million (2022 census). The ethnic groups include Black African (80.9%), Coloured (8.8%), White (7.8%), and Indian/Asian (2.6%). South Africa has eleven official languages, nine of those are tribal languages with Zulu being the most spoken. English and Afrikaans are the languages of European origin. South Africans claim to be 86% Christian, 5.4% traditional African religion, and 1.9% Muslim. These percentages are deceptive, though, because the majority of those labeled “Christian” hold to traditional beliefs and are non-evangelical. The Grahams serve in Cape Town, which is the second largest city in South Africa with 3.7 million people.