Just catching up on photos…..a few team blogs here….more blogs coming.
I know we didn’t come over here for a real safari but come on…who wouldn’t want to see any of the “big five” as they call their famous set of animals; lion, elephant, water buffalo, rhino, and leopard. I only saw 2 of the 5 but others were able to see 3. The outdoor sleep over was pretty unique. Ask any the team for exciting details. Of course, spending time at Enaleni was the real reward for all of us today. Saying good bye was not so easy but we had plenty of relationship time before that to spend together. As the sun was setting over the peaceful landscape, I couldn’t help but compare this hilly, quiet land with the land that Jesus walked on. No car noise, just natural sounds drifting across the homestead studded hills with a warm wind blowing. Natural creation has its beauty, but God is not so interested in that as with those created in His image. After all, it was all made for us and so the priority is people, and I can say that our priority here in Swaziland was the same. Our team represented our church community in such a fine way, it was an honor serving with these brothers and sisters as we reached out to our family in this part of the world.
What a great last day at the care point!! Driving up one last time and seeing all the smiling faces, just waiting to be loved on. It was a causal day of just playing with the kids and getting in all those hugs to last until the next time we come to Swaziland! I can’t believe how many pictures I took today, I wanted to remember every moment J I had a really wonderful surprise today that made my heart melt and brought me to tears. A little back story first – On our first day at the carepoint I got to revisit one of my sponsor boys home and see his aunt who is his mom now as his mom passed away 2 years ago. It was so great to reconnect and be able to bless the family with some groceries. Today I was spending time with some of the kids when Monica came up to me and said that a Swazi lady was looking for me, I walk around the church and there was S’bongiseni aunt. She had come for the woman’s bible study and she had a gift for me, I was so touched by this and didn’t know what to say. A person who has so little and she is giving ME a gift! She had a bamboo mat in wrapping paper, Vaseline she had made from aloe vera plant, and a letter she had written to me. I hugged her and told her how much this meant to me. We had a really nice talk, she told me a little about her life and how much it means to her and S’bongiseni that I write and send pictures to them. I had actually been wondering if my sponsor boys really knew who I was and understood about me being there “special friend”. She told me that S’bongiseni has loved spending time with me at the carepoint and he loves me, WOW was it hard to hold back the tears!!! I will always treasure this moment, to be able to make a small impact in this family and how they made a huge impact in my life.