TEAM INTRODUCTIONS PART II

BRENDA MCADAM
I am thrilled to have the opportunity once again to go to Swaziland and be part of the work that is happening over there. I know that God teaches us so much through each of life’s experiences. I look forward to being with the kids and seeing the changes/growth at the Carepoints (I hope the garden is growing!). As well I am looking forward to being with Jumbo, Kriek and the D-team again. To experience worship the Swazi way is beyond words. I can’t wait!!! I loved the team that I served with last year and this team is another amazing team. It is fantastic to see how our team is bonding already. The Lord has been preparing this team long before we knew we were a team! I ask that you pray for us for safety, joy in the serving and for our families that will be left behind. Pray that “we would live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way” (Colossians 1:10).

ANNE REIMER

Hi, my name is Anne Reimer. I am excited about the upcoming trip to Swaziland Africa.  I have been looking into options for a trip to Africa for the past 5 years and am excited that God has granted me this opportunity.  I like to travel with a purpose, rather then simply visiting turist hotspots. This allows me to get to know the different people and cultures that make up our world.  I know that I am where I am today because of what others have invested in me and since I can’t pay them back, I count it a privilege to help others who are in difficult circumstances.  Previous experience with missions trips has shown me that I always get back more then I invest, so I don’t see it as a sacrifice but rather an opportunity to grow in my relationship with God and be a blessing to others.  I look forward to getting to know everyone on the team and to serving the people of Enaleni and Bhobhokazi.  Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

DOUG REMPEL

Hello, My name is Doug Rempel. First things first, I am incredibly excited to make my way BACK to Swaziland Africa. I was incredibly blessed to be able to go with the team last year and I have been blessed again to be one of two of us who will be returning from the 2009 Swazitrip team. When I came back from the trip I told myself that I would go back every year I could. I later realized that “being able to” and “being lead to” were two different things entirely. As the announcements were being made for the 2010 Swazitrip team applications, I didn’t feel like I would be in a financial state to make the trip again. I assumed this was my answer in “not being lead” to go. Though, as application deadlines came closer I couldn’t kick this conviction to get on board. I did some more thinking and praying and I really felt like I should apply despite my lack of funds. Long story short, God has provided for me in so many different ways to make this trip a possibility. So my prayer is that God would do a work in me and do a work through me to reach the needs of someone who wouldn’t have otherwise received it. A popular bible verse describes my heart and purpose for this trip. James 1:27 – Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. The second half of this verse is something I can work on here at home, but the first half is something ive felt God has put heavy on my heart to practice along side my church in Africa. I want to thank the Riverwood family for the wide variety of support that we as Swazitrip 2010 team mates have received!

BREANNE DEVIET

‘When I heard that there was a plan for another team to go to Swaziland I instantly knew I was supposed to go. I am truly blessed to be part of the 2010 Swaziteam. It’s a dream come true and I am so overwhelmed by the support of friends, family, and the church (Thanks!). I pray that I will let myself be out of my comfort zone and rely on God for the strength to do that. Please also pray that this awesome team will be able to work together with minimal conflict during the two weeks we’re gone and also that God’s love will radiate from all of us.’

CAROLYN PETKAU

Two years ago I had the privilege of visiting Swaziland with my husband Todd, and Jon & Kelly. Our hearts were drawn to serve the orphans of Enaleni and partner with the church there. This was the beginning of a remarkable relationship between Riverwood and Swaziland. Little did we know then, that we would have the opportunity to build a relationship with a second carePoint – Bhobhokazi, a year later.  On this year’s trip I will be co-leading the team of 20, focusing on the children’s program that we will run at both carepoints. I look forward to seeing our friends again, sharing God’s love with them in a variety of ways, and seeing the development that has taken place there over the last couple of years due to the generosity and compassion of the Riverwood Church family.

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