We have had an extraordinary day as a team….it started with a few hiccups….but really nothing major. The team it to the carepoint only a few minutes late and were greeted by all of the children so warmly. Our hearts were instantly overflowing.
Also….great news. We found the bag! It is on a flight from Johannesburg to Manzini (where we are) tomorrow morning. Hooooray. Very relieved.
The team did so awesome today. The majority of the day was spent connecting with the kids. We accomplished a bit of work…but we were short on the rocks necessary to start pouring the foundation for the kitchen….so we got a load of rocks and we sorted a bunch of the lumber that is on site for the playground being built….
There is a team of 9 that is going at 6:30AM tomorrow to start pouring the foundation of the kitchen and to take advantage of the cooler morning mixing concrete.
The time with the kids was so precious today….we’ve got a few team members blogging about it below….so I’ll let you read.
Also another highlight of the day was heading to Mark & Allison’s house (our team hosts from Hope Chest) for supper. We were invited into the prayer meeting that Hope Chest has every week with their staff. It was such an amazing experience as we had a chance to pray and worship together….very impacting.
Well…right now it is about 12:30 AM…skyping has finished for the night….everyone has gone off to bed for the most part….and I’m signing off. Tomorrow I will be heading into town to buy some new sound equipment for the church at Enaleni. How great is that!!! Good night from Swaziland. Team blog entries below and pictures as well.
Hey guys of the Franczyk clan and friends…well the first day is done and what a day it was. Arriving at Enalani was amazing! The children were all waiting and anxious to meet us. Some were quit shy at first but it didn’t take long for them to warm up to us and many wanted to be picked up.
Hey Matt thanks for the Pepto word to the wise I think the African tripe did a number on my stomach…definitely not like the Polish version…serves me right for eating a full bowl of it…dumb.
I was picked to dance in one of our songs today so I did a version of the moon walk (more like a moron walk) but the kids loved it and 2 boys asked me to do it again before we left. Sheila you would of crawled under a rock!
I also went on a home visit which in one word was humbling.
Amanda I met Cnobili (spelling??) today and I said her name every time I walked by her (complete with the click) and she would respond…”Mr. Franczyk” …correct pronunciation. It was hilarious!
Miss all you guys…luv ya.
Hey guys! Our first day at Enaleni was so successful. After a hot and bumpy (but very scenic) drive, we were greeted with so much love and excitement. I can’t wait to go back to hear more of those little giggles. Those kids sure can beat us in a dance off! I’m still learning the names of the kids, most of them say their names so fast I miss them! I love that these kids are fascinated by the same things as the Kidzone kids in Winnipeg… my bracelets and piercings. I had a hard time watching kids get visibly upset when we left. A little girl I really bonded with went into the bathroom with a few other girls and all came out crying. It touched me to know that us being here really means so much to them. I tagged along on Rachel’s home visit which was a surreal experience. Mom, I’m sorry to say I haven’t been that adventurous with my food choices so don’t expect any oxtail when I get back. I love you lots, give dad a big hug. I’m drinking lots of water and wearing sunscreen so don’t worry.
Wow, have so much to write. Let me start with what the thinks was crazy. 4:00am up to go running in Swaziland. Mark one of our hosts is an avid runner. I thought hey what a great way to start the day. I am sure we ran 8km uphill the whole way in 1hr10mins. What an awesome experience. Once we got to Enaleni the work crew found out we were not able to build today as there was a delay in materials. I was not disappointed as I was free to enjoy a hobby of mine, photography. I took 250 pictures. I can’t wait to show everyone. I also got to hold the cutest 5month baby in Swaziland. Not only did I hold this beautiful little baby boy, but hold him as he fell asleep in my arms. From the beginning my day 4:00am till now 11:00pm I am still processing all that happened. The kidzone project from last year is a huge hit here in Swaziland. The parachute that the kids in kidzone purchased for Enaleni was used for hours today. The kids love to pose for pictures and then run over to you to see the picture on the camera. To the point in which they point at themselves and friends and laugh. I could go on for hours. Than you to all who are praying. Oh good news, Going to Enaleni to build the Kitchen as all the supplies showed up at 4:00pm today.
Cathy, Reuben, Zach & Luke still waitng for you to blog.
Love you all
So how do you sum up a day like today? This being my second time, I didn’t know what to expect as far as my emotions went. All I can say is it was a day of highs and a day of lows. When we pulled into Enaleni and saw the church, it literally took my breath away. Pictures do NOT do it justice. Greeting our friends and going inside brought tears of joy to my eyes. The hugs I got from the D-team and the make (mothers) swept me off my feet (almost literally as one of the make tried to pick me up and twirl me!) and the inside of the church was so beautiful, the joy I felt was overwhelming. This joy, this feeling of hope, the love of family and getting to see that my sponsor child remembered me from last year was the highest of highs. However, during our time today, we found out that some of our children here have been quite ill, and that some are now HIV positive. This was most definitely the lowest of lows for me. These two emotions were so at odds with each other and I felt like I spent most of the day with my head spinning.
We later got an opportunity to join Jumbo and Kriek in their home group and spent some great time sharing and praying and worshipping together. What a truly amazing time – our shared experiences and our prayers seemed to help solidify some already strong bonds in our team. We’re definitely learning to lean on God and one another.
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Take care and much love,