Well….this day can’t really be summed up. It was truly successful though….on so many levels.
The “Kelly & the boys” team started out at 6:30 AM and rocked the foundation laying all day! Their day began with a concrete mixer that would not start so they began mixing Swazi style….by hand. With a couple of small engine mechanically inclined boys….they figured out that they could “push start” the mixer and got it running. So things really got moving.
Bottom line for the construction crew is that they worked their tails off and got the entire foundation for the four room kitchen structure poured. They really did an amazing job and pushed hard.
The time with the kids was again really rich and felt like we could stay there so much longer. We had the chance to show the kids a video made from home that let them see snow on the ground and such and they loved it! Also….Kelly continued teaching them their songs for Sunday and they sounded so great! We can’t wait to see them perform.
The highlight of the day for me hands down was giving Pastor Peter and Precious their gift from the church….a new sound system! It was an incredible experience to see how meaningful it was and how excited they were for it. It was like we gave them pure gold…..I’m posting a video of the experience so hopefully you can catch a glimpse of how significant of a gift this was for them. We were talking at our team meeting tonight and someone shared how impacted they were by the experience. They said that if this system showed up at Riverwood, it would just kind of fit in and no one would notice….but for them it was revolutionary. Jumbo wants you all to know that this means the world to Pastor Peter and that he took so much joy in seeing the pure gratefulness that Peter and Precious experienced.
Well….lots of people wrote tonight so please enjoy reading the personal experiences of the team….I’ve posted pictures below as well as the video of the new Enaleni Church sound system unveiling.
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It was a totally exhausting day in Swaziland with +30 temps and sweat poring…pouring I mean, from our bodies like a leaky faucet. I think we each drank about 10 water bottles each. The ladies did their thing with the young ones and also participated in an awesome women’s Bible study that had music coming from it with chords from heaven. Unfortunately the men were working it out with the cement mixer and other tools. Nothing compares with the “African Way” of mixing cement, which doesn’t include any modern machinery. Fortunately, Bryan was around and able to finally get the mixer going. Praise God we were able to finish the whole concrete footing for the kitchen and it should be dry on Thursday, ready for the block work. We will be heading for the other care point tomorrow and adventures unknown. It is truly amazing, all the things that God is doing here, and we are super excited about the rest of our time here in Swaziland! Oh…I forgot to tell you about the new sound system that is now in place in Enaleni. If you get to see the videos of Pastor Peter and Precious, it will tell the whole story in a way which words could not do justice.
Thanks for all your prayers and support,
Dave I. and the Swazi team
Another full day in the gloriously hot African sun! The ladies started the day at Precious’ preschool and we were greeted with roughly 84 hugs each and lots of singing, it was so fun! From there we headed to Enaleni…it was then that I ‘noticed’ the poverty. I saw it yesterday, but it didn’t really sink in. Today I noticed it, mostly in comparison to the preschool kids who are clean and well dressed. It’s amazing how even here kids who live just a short distance away from each other live very different lives. We told the kids the Moses story at the carepoint and I had the joy of being Pharaoh…let me tell you a velvet costume in this heat is not a good idea! Our carepoint day ended with a home visit for Anna and myself. We went to Sheila’s house (mom I have so much more to tell youJ). It was an incredible experience. She invited us into her home and shared her heart with us. We were able to pray for her and her son, we left feeling speechless, but totally honoured to have had the experience. I know I don’t speak for myself when I say that we are having an incredible time…we are a diverse team, but a team that is unified and full of people that bring so much to this experience. We love hearing from you all, so keep it coming! Sending my love to you all and especially to my man and my favorite small group-have fun tonight guysJ
Continuously attempting to tame the frizz,
Lord put me where you want me and give me what I need to be a blessing there.
The last few days have been full of new experiences and emotions. The first day was full of meeting the children and giving them much needed attention.
The second was a building day. Not only the project but team work and relations with our Swazi co-workers. We starting by learning to mix concrete Swazi style (on the ground with shovels) because the mixer would not start. Even after the pull start tore off. Together we managed to turn the barrel which turned over the motor and eventually it began to run. God blessed our willingness by stopping the clock so we could still get the whole kitchen footing poured in one day. Tomorrow we are heading for Bhobhokasi and gearing up for the challenges there.
Thanks for your comments and prayers. They are much needed and appreciated.
Day 2 on the care point site and still amazed at the children’s enthusiasm. Getting my hugs for a life time and not even noticing the heat when there’s so much joy in the air. Went out for dinner tonight and had wonderful food,
Almost like home. You should see the size of the bugs here- wow.. saw a praying manitis (that actually jumped in a window in the middle of praying for a meal- ironic?) and even saw a bat fly into the church today. Had an amazing experience with the women’s bible study group here- they have such a enthusiasm and powerful joy for the Lord. And boy can they sing! The sound system was delivered
To the church for Pastor Peter and Precious today and we blind folded them and
Walked them in for the surprise. Their reaction was thru the roof! We all had a good
Cry , laugh and hugs as we shared their joy. It’s such a eye opener to see how much the things that we so easily own and take for granted are so appreciated by the people here. Can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for us tomorrow.
Wow 31 degrees in the sun hand mixing cement on the ground who could ask for anything more. So grateful when we finally jump started the cement mixer. I was able to visit Tekhaya my special friend at her house and meet her four cousins , uncle and Grandmother (GoGo) that she lives with. It is amazing that a family that has nothing is so happy and caring. She has a smile that I will never forget.
Zach and Luke you brought me to tears when Jon read your blog. Thank you so much. Everyone looked at me and laughed when you asked about my stomach.. FYI it is doing great. I am eating very well. Sandwiches, chicken and even steak today. Care point day was really hard work. We choose to leave quite early 6:30am to work for a work day. We 9 of us mixed cement on the ground with shovels. Then Brian and I came up with the idea to kick start the cement mixer, ok, ok God inspired a thought and made it happen. You will see some pictures soon of me looking like a ghost as I was in charge of the mixing ratio. We were able to finish the footing today. The high light was as we finished the last batch of cement some women that attended a bible study came down to say what an answer to prayer we were and that they really appreciate the love that showed through our physical labor. I never thought that pouring cement for 9 hours was love. What an awesome experience. I can’t wait to see what God has for us tomorrow.
Oh hey boys I hope you remember the parachute you help buy last year. I played with today. Your $20 has lead to blessings kids you don’t even know.
I am trying to figure out how to bring a little baby boy home with me.. Sorry Cathy I know you really want a girl. Maybe tomorrow…
What an incredible day. We went to Precious’ preschool this morning. As soon as we stepped off the bus, we were surrounded by children wanting to hug us. What an overwhelming feeling.
When we presented the speakers and sound equipment to Pastor Peter and Precious, Pastor Peter ran around the church and Precious fell to her knees in thanksgiving. I don’t think there is anything more humbling than that.
We have been here for only a few days and already prayers are being answered and changes are taking place in our hearts as a team and as well as everyone at Enaleni. We as a team are becoming a real family and are gelling. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings. Thanks to all the Riverwooders who are blogging, your encouragement and support means so much to all of us