These last couple of days have been more memorable days here in Swaziland.
On Monday, Matt, Cynthia and I were able to finish sizing all the kids at Enaleni and put the order into the store for 85 school shoes! We also spent time teaching the kids new games. Matt went into gym teacher mode and taught them games like What time is it Mr. Wolf and many variations of tag and capture the flag. We all had an awesome time! There were nearly 75 kids participating and watching.
On Tuesday we were able to go to Bhobhokazi for the first time and begin to size the children there. At first it was just the little ones so we were able to spend some time with them, which was fun. They loved Matt’s leg hair and beard and the buttons on his watch. Soon the older ones came and we began to size them. In that one day we finished sizing all the elementary aged children. Today we are going back to size the high school children.
Matt and I were also excited yesterday because we were invited to dinner at Pastor Peter and his wife Precious’s house. So after we came home from Bhobhokazi, we rushed home to wash and change. It was very dark when we set out to the Langa’s house but over the last few days people pointed out which house was theirs so we were confident that we would find it no problem – even in the dark. Sure enough we found the house right on time and made our way down the driveway. When we got to the house there were some people we didn’t recognize so we asked, “Is this Pastor Langa’s House?” They replied “Yes it is”. So we headed in the house and sat down in the living room. After a few minutes of waiting, a gentleman entered the room. He said “Visitors! You surprised us but we are happy when people come to visit!” Matt and I thought this was odd as we were invited to come over. He then said, ” So who are you and what is your business here?” Then we knew something was up. I asked, “Is this Pastor Langa’s house?” The man said “Yes. I am Pastor Langa.” Then we said, “Is this Pastor Peter Langa’s house?” He replied, “No that is my brother. I am Pastor Israel Langa.”
We all had a good laugh and Matt thanked them for a wonderful evening. Pastor Peter Langa’s house was down the road so we were a little bit late. We laughed about it all night.
It truly was a blessing to have dinner with the Langa’s. They were so welcoming of us. The meal was delicious and the conversation was enjoyable. We learned about each other’s countries and shared about customs and traditions. We ended the night singing God is So Good and a prayer. It was such an encouragement to have spent time with them.
Matt and I are looking forward to dropping by Mrs. Langa’s preschool in the upcoming week.
Matt is also making some connections to play basketball with a local team.
Amanda and Matt