Team Introductions Part 2

Before I continue with the team introductions, I have to say that the Amazing Race to Swaziland event last night was…well, it was amazing (I couldn’t help myself). Thank-you so much to everyone who came out to support the night. I don’t have any stats on how much we raised, but I think it’s safe to say that it was a success beyond what many on the team even dared to hope for. And, how cool was it that we had a live phone call from Tom Davis? I was definitely inspired by his passion for the kids that Children’s Hope Chest is helping and I can’t wait to finally meet our extended church family out there.

And now, since I’m stuck at home due to the roads that have turned into ice rinks (less than 6 days to go), I’ll use my time productively and continue introducing you to the fabulous people I’ll be traveling with…

For the past few years God has been leading me towards this trip. Two years ago, I was at Missionfest at Grant Memorial where I met three ladies who devote their time and energy to support a community in Africa; I knew at that point that God was calling me there as well. There have been different instances since that day that confirm my thoughts and now, here it is!! I would like you to pray that God’s love would show through me to the people of Swaziland. Please also pray for safety, health and patience in the tough times, not just for myself, but for our team as a whole. Thank you so much for all of your love and support and for making this trip a reality.

This is my first overseas mission trip, so I’m very excited to go to Swaziland and do some hard physical labour. My prayer request is for a safe trip, for overflowing energy and strength – both physical and mental – so that we’ll be able to do great things for our care points.

I pray that this trip will allow the realization of what poverty really means to hit me like an anvil. I also pray that the mission trip will not only allow me to do good works while I’m there, but make serving in this way an ever-present thought on my mind when I get back; finding ways to impact the people around me. Oh, and also pray that I don’t get eaten by a lion. That could be a bummer…maybe not for the lion…

I’m excited to take part in this opportunity to visit Enaleni and Bhobhokazi, and to see how God will work through us and in us over the next two weeks. Please pray for the team’s safety and health, that we will learn from this opportunity, and that we may establish long-term relationships with those we meet.

It’s a dream come true to have the chance to go to Swaziland, Africa, and serve God by serving the people living there. As an educator, I’m thrilled to go to Enaleni and lead the Vacation Bible School program. It’s my desire that each child in Swaziland receive and academic education, but I believe the Word of God is the most powerful piece of knowledge the children of Enaleni can learn. I’m so blessed to be a part of the VBS team and am excited to see what God is going to do! I know it’s going to be an amazing experience and I’m eagerly waiting for our departure! As we are there, please pray for the VBS program. Pray that the love of Christ will radiate from us and that the children will want Jesus to be their forever friend.

Well, I am super excited to be a pioneer for the FIRST ever missions adventure down to our first care point, Enaleni, and now our SECOND care point, Bhobhokazi. Please pray for overall safety and health. If I could have one general prayer, it would be that my focus would be solely on our goal and mission to “dig deep and love deeper” and that God’s unconditional love and perfect will would, in part, be fulfilled through me. I want to thank the whole church for being so incredibly supportive. You are all as much a part of this mission as this group!

My greatest prayer for this, my first missions trip, would be that I have the courage to open my heart entirely – open it up so that it can be filled anew with God’s love and will, and then I could pour that love back onto the people of Swaziland. Already, I feel so blessed to be part of such an amazing team! I would be touched if you join me in praying that we will bring hope and love to the children of Enaleni and Bhobokazi, and for the health and safety of our team. As sad as it is to admit, I am also very afraid of insects…so pray that it will not inhibit my work in Africa! Finally, as one of the three photographers on this journey, I hope to use my art to capture, with utmost respect, the strength and be

auty of the people of Swaziland, their culture and their landscape, so that we can share our amazing journey with others.

My biggest prayer request for myself would be for a peace while traveling. I get anxious about changing flights, customs, security, and my ears really bothering me on landings (I’m the guy with 20 pieces of gum in my mouth). Other requests would be for strength and endurance while adjusting to a hot climate, new foods, new surroundings and time changes. Also, I would like prayer for those that I am leaving in Canada; specifically that, my wife, Michelle, and my daughter, Jaclyn, would have good weeks while I’m away.

Only a few more introductions (and days) to go!

– Sherise

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