NATALIE ALLARD-TINKLERS POST
This trip has just been indescribable. Just when I thought I had the best day of my life, the next day came and it started all over again. The highlight of the trip was getting to meet our sponsor child, one of the first children to show up at the Bohbohkazi care point on Friday. We got to spend a few days playing with her and getting to know her; we found out that she is in preschool and has been learning English so we were able to communicate a little. It was heart wrenching to watch her leave at the end of the day after handing out the care packages…I watched her walk until she was so far away, she was just a dot on the horizon. I really miss her already and hope that we will she each other again one day. I know God has amazing plans for this care point and can’t wait to see what lies ahead for these beautiful children.
RON’S BLOG POST…..
Hello Riverwood! Sanibonani! Wassup?!
What can I say? Sorry I haven’t blobbed yet, but as you know I am computer challenged.
What a week. There really is too much to say on a computer to really express what an adventure I am having. In the last week I’ve watched the physical beginnings of a church building rise up out of virtually nothing. And I am so happy to be part of the first stones. It really is quite the honor. The people here have been fantastic. Pastor Peter and Precious from Enaleni and Pastor Walter from Bhobhokazi are amazing. But the true blessings have been the children. From the first day, when I was used as a human jungle gym, to today, as I was part of the team handing out care packages, the kids have really touched my heart.
Many thanks to my peeps that have sent hellos and prayers across the waters – it’s great to hear from you all.
Xiam – I miss your hugs Sunday mornings.
Dodie – I’ll be back on the lighting board before you know it.
Warren, Ester, and Family – thanks for your support. I can feel your prayers. Good luck in Vancouver.
Tell Sara I love her and miss her. Looking forward to seeing you all soon.
BLOB post by SCOTT BALLENTYNE
THANKS TO ALL WHO COMMENTED ON THE BLOGS. The computer was in caps lock so I thought maybe God was telling me something! Thanks to Joelle and Dale for going safari bike riding with me. I got to do a brake stand right in front of an awaiting crocodile… wait for it… it was awesome!
I have a prayer today I want to share.
Lord hear my prayer, please fulfill the prayers I have prayed over the children. When I held them in my arms and hugged them, you were hugging them. Whether I kissed their cheeks or nibbled on their arms or toes it was all in love as you have loved me. I’ll leave them with the words of Spock “Live long and prosper”. These words could never be more fitting to me considering the average life expectancy is around 33 and prosperity is sought after but seldom found. Oddly circumcision is viewed as a way to help prevent the spread of AIDS and I was told that there is an entire ward devoted to circumcision. God I pray that you would give them a great medical teacher that would open the eyes of the doctors and nurses here. Pray for the safety of the children as I will pray for my little girls safety. The children at the preschool sing a song that goes like this “I say no to abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse”. I will make sure that someone video tapes it because I believe it should be shared with all the children of the world. Lord hear my prayer, amen.