Today has been a great first day! We started out with a great nights rest collectively as a team. The bus ride to Enaleni was filled with anticipation. Arriving at Enaleni felt like coming home again for many of us. It was so good to be there. There weren’t too many kids there when we arrived, but there was enough for us to be welcomed! The pre-schoolers were all there and we had a great time with them. It was really funny because immediately they began to sing all the songs we had taught them last year! Word for word….it was great to hear. It also shows us how meaningful our time is there because they really do value the things we do with them.
We greeted all the gogos and D-team and met the new leadership team group. It was so great to see them all again. As always it took a little bit of time to settle in before we began to get to work…..and pretty soon plenty of other kids began arriving. By the end of the day we think there was over 100 kids there with us. It was great!
Today we began work on a very exciting project….the garden / irrigation system. Things just don’t have the opportunity to grow in these areas of Swaziland with out some form of irrigation. We are so excited to be installing a state of the art irrigation system to handle a really good size of the carepoint to allow them to start growing vegetables. This is a really great step towards more self sufficiency. We will also need to build a fence around the garden in order to protect it from the rabbits and other animals. So the team worked really hard to begin digging the trenches in which all of the piping will be installed….and it was hard work….the ground we had to dig was very hard! Even the tractor that was there couldn’t get below the surface for us.
The team did great today….the children’s program went really well and the kids had fun as they learned about sharing God’s light with others around them. They learnt some new songs and spent the afternoon with our team playing games, doing crafts, hearing a story, and getting their pictures taken.
We ended our day saying goodbye and see you tomorrow to the kids as we watched them walk home as the sun was beginning to set. It was a great day of connecting….of reconnecting and continuing to invest in these children’s lives.
We are now all heading off to bed and hoping for a good rest as we head back in the morning to do some more digging and of course to see the children again! Thanks for all the comments….for joining us on our journey….it means so much to us hear. Below you can read some of the thoughts of a few team members and of course catch up with some of the photos from the day.
FROM BONNIE IRWIN
hey people its me and just a note to say that no i will never get used to any skirts and so far for now no intentions of shopping or wasting any of God’s money on such earthly things.Today was such an incredable for me i met my precious girl Nomphilo and had such a hard time at the end of the day having to put her down and send her home down this old dusty road all by her self; then i did like Brenda said a very girly thing and painted tons of little fingers including boys] with nail polish [also a first for me] This trip is doing weird things to me. PRAY FOR ME.Gotta go 4 now. Thanks for your love; thoughts; prayers and support It means the world to me and Carolin.
FROM KAILEY HIEBERT
Hey Everyone, It has been a great first day. Its crazy to think I am here, would have never guessed. When we got to the care point I honestly wasn’t sure what to do, met some awesome people in charge of keeping the care point going and soon enough I had a child sitting on my lap. It was the coolest thing. The kids are even cuter than in pictures.
A couple people got to go on home visits today, Danielle and I got to go to my parents special friend, Thobelihle and her family. It was an awesome experience and got to bring a couple supplies for them. Her mom was so excited to see us. I showed a picture to her of my parents and I, recognized them from other pictures that were sent to them.
I want to thank everyone for their prayers and comments. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.
Mom – I haven’t seen any big spider yet but enjoyed the reminder and comments. Can’t wait to tell you guys more. Oh and Shelley says hi to you and dad.
Love you guys lots and say Hi to everyone for me!
FROM ALLISON PENNER
What a day! I was feeling pretty awkward when we arrived at Enaleni, but the kids didn’t care. It wasn’t too long before I made a bunch of new friends. We spent a good part of the morning digging a trench for the irrigation system that is being installed, and after lunch we did the kids’ program. When the kids were arriving from school I was really hoping that my “special friend” Mthandazo would show up, and he did! I even got to walk him home, along with a friend from our team and a lady from the D-team who came to translate. We got to bring a gift for the family and meet his mother and some of his sibblings. I also got to see their cows, goats, dogs and chickens! All in all, it’s been a fantastic day that really feels more like three. Can’t wait to see what the rest of the trip will bring.
Lisa – your nail polish is a HIT! Even the boys love it.
Mallory – there is lots of quartz here, and I am bringing you some that I dug out of the trench.
Jordan – love you, and miss you lots! I will try facetime again tomorrow.
Thanks so much to everyone who is praying for us, and posting on the blog. Reading it is a real hilight of our day.
FROM AMY ROBERTSON
What an amazing first day! I can finally say I helped on a construction project. The possibility of cobras and scorpions didn’t stop me. It was so great to see so many familiar faces and catch up. It felt like a family reunion. I am truly blown away by how well everyone remembers our faces! After helping dig a trench in the morning, I ran the preschool craft. Man those kids love glitter! Thank you for praying for us. Traveling went so well, now just to conquer this jet lag! Mom and Dad – Love you guys! Beau – Love you and miss you!! Swaziteam 2011- I promise we are pouring all of our love into everyone for all of you