Updates from some of the team will follow, but first, we’ve had some requests in the comments for a detailed schedule of our week in Swaziland.
Wednesday, Feb 18
On the ground at Enaleni (first day of VBS, starting construction, meeting the kids)
Prayer meeting at church in evening
Thursday, Feb 19
On the ground at Enaleni (more VBS, construction, and starting the garden)
Friday, Feb 20
On the ground (VBS, construction, garden)
Saturday, Feb 21
On the ground (fun day – probably handing out the care packages and shoes)
Sunday, Feb 22
Church at Enalini
KFC lunch with church members
Monday, Feb 23
On the ground
Tuesday, Feb 24
Morning visit to carepoint (saying goodbyes)
Leave for Nelspruit
Wednesday, Feb 25
Kruger Park Safari (early morning to afternoon)
Leave Johannesburg 11:55 pm
Thursday, Feb 26
Arrive in Winnipeg 8:36pm
It was an 11 hour flight on a 747…it was a packed flight…but, armed with lessons from last year’s trip, i managed to snag three empty seats before the doors were closed…and slept 7 hours straight. Anyway…we’ve got a fantastic crew here. It’s close to 11 pm Tuesday and we’re going to hit the ground running first thing Wednesday morning. Thanks for your prayers and notes.
Hello Winnipeg!! The SwaziTrip ’09 Team made it to Johannesburg! We were prepared for a really long flight from Amsterdam with lots of snacks, books and movies. And for someone who doesn’t get a chance to watch a movie straight through at home I definitely have had my fill! It was great how everyone pulled together to make sure that everyone had what they needed – all the way from sleeping pills (they worked great for Todd!) to magazines. And just when we thought we were done with customs, there they were again! But it was much different this time. I felt very welcome as I heard the passport stamp hit the page and the customs officer offered up a big South African smile! We were quickly wisked to our vehicles and piled up our luggage and as I watched all the movements unfold I could only think one thing: this is not the SwaziTrip ’09 Team, it the SwaziTrip ’09 Family! I am looking forward to spending more time with each member of this family and growing in God’s love and calling on each one of us. As for family back home, we’re safe and loving every minute of our time here and we love you very much Matthew!! One day, you too will see this beautiful land!
Hi everyone! It’s been great hearing all the comments and prayers for the group. Keep them coming as they are a great encouragement to all of us. We started the day at 7:30 with a delicious breakfast in our hotel and loaded up for Mbabane where we stopped at a restaurant called Wimpy for some burgers. We finally arrived at the place we will be staying at for the time we are out here. Tanya and I had the oportunity to ride and get to know Jumbo and Kriek and ask them lots of questions along the way. They spoke of how the Lord led them to Swaziland as initialy they didn’t want to serve here but felt God calling them. We are very blessed to be here as a church working along side them and look forward to the first trip to the care group tomorrow.
Well after an extremely long journey, we finally made it into Swaziland! I haven’t been to many places around the world, but I have to say it is the most beautiful landscape I have ever seen. As we drove in we were surrounded by rolling hills, mountains and greenery!! A stunning sight to see. I hope the pictures and video can do it justice!
Jumbo and Kreik brought us to our accomodations located in Emafini, 20 minutes away from Manzini. It is a Christian Conference Center, snuggled in between mountains. It is so beautiful. We were all blown away as we stepped out of the van!
First on the agenda was a video called, “Beat the Drum”. It was a powerful movie about the AIDS epidemic in South Africa. I must say it was very moving. It focused on the many misconceptions African people have about AIDS and its devastation on the continent. After this, we had dinner with Pastor Peter and his wife, Precious, as our guests. It was great to finally meet them after hearing so much about them. Finally, our night ended with an orientation to Swazi culture. Kriek gave us very important information to keep in mind as we meet Swazi people.
Tomorrow, we officially begin our ministry with VBS and construction. We are all so excited and can’t wait for tomorrow to come.