Last night was a goodnight for most. Jason….well let’s just say he’s wearing earplugs tonight. The team was bright and chipper for breakfast and we enjoyed eggs to order and some great food. Jumbo, Gino and Jon left to go and fetch the cargo….the care packages that we shipped ahead of time. After much searching, frustration, and to our disappointment, we discovered that our pallet was vacationing in Dubai. We did however, overcome our discouragement knowing that it will work out. The shipment should arrive on Thursday and we are scheming a way to get it to Swaziland.
While they were gallivanting at the airport cargo station, the rest of the team decided to teach some of the locals how to play football….and by football we mean football.
Many of the girls started playing with the skip rope….double dutch it seems, and then some of the guys (Jason) tried it as well. We’ll call it….a spirited effort.
We finally hit the road about an hour and a half behind schedule….but in great spirits nonetheless. We had about 5 hours of travel time on the bus….and we decided to learn some of the songs that we had prepared for the kids ministry. You’ll be happy to know that we spent the better part of 2 hours learning a very complex song. Let me write out the lyrics for you….
Jump up and say hello. Jesus loves us all.
Jump up and sing goodbye. Jesus loves us all.
Well….that all the verses.
We debated chord changes, pauses and some lyric adaptation. We came out with a masterpiece adaption. The second verse to read….jump up and SAY goodbye….brilliant isn’t it.
As we write this together, we are all doubled over laughing….but only because it is actually true.
The rest of the ride was very enjoyable as Swaziland is a beautiful country.
We swerved to miss a few stray cows….speaking of cows, we stopped for lunch at the local Whimpy burger….and as we sat inside we witnessed a cow that came right up to the burger window….is that how fresh their meat is? Check em out on the video
We arrived at our conference centre and unpacked and settled in. It is a wonderful place. Unfortunately, due to our morning setback, we were not able to visit the carepoint for a part of the afternoon….
We did however enjoy the rest of our afternoon as we met up with Kriek, Jumbo’s wife and she walked through orientation with us. It was so great to see her again and for many to meet her.
We enjoyed a wonderful supper….and then sat down for our team meeting. We had a meaningful time reflecting and anticipating and then we enjoyed our favourite moment reading the 17 blog comments together. Thank you to all who commented….it is such a joy to hear from home.
Now we are getting supplies ready for our big day tomorrow where we will visit Enaleni for the first time and hopefully begin building the church! The team is doing great! We can’t wait to share pictures of tomorrow.
The excited and full of anticipation Swaziteam!