As promised….here are a few reflections from team members…..but before I post those, you must see the amazing artwork that Stephanie (our team artist) created at our BBQ tonight….
Sawabona from Africa.We were all blessed again today playing with the children. So many smiles; cuddles;hugs and giggles. I never dreamt that i could be having so much fun anywhere on this side of heaven. Adam did an amazing job of story telling; the games out of this world and the crafts was about sending candles; matches and soup mix home through all the bushes with the 100 or more kids. Brenda took off on us to go shopping all day today; don’t know what she bought but she did spend all the money. Praise God all the rest of us are doing ok and being well fed. We might all be POOR but God is good. Still not getting used to looking girly. Loe ya all gotta go as PJ [pastor Jon] is always on my case about something or another and i’m doing my best to always be on my BEST BEHAVIOUR.Pray for ME. So I don’t don’t miss anyone except my kidzone kids.
Greetings from Swaziland. The time is flying by so fast. We had our last day of work at Enaleni and it was a good one. We got a jack-hammer to help dig the trench. It was great to have some power after digging with bent shovels and spinny scraper things. There was also a small problem with a water line that crossed the trench and met the jack-hammer. “I didn’t do it”.
The term “many hands make light work” is so true. There was a pair of hands for every shovel and we finished just after lunch today, For the last two days I have been taking pictures of kids doing different things at our daily program. We have been telling the children stories from the Bible and we will use the pictures of them to create a picture story. I can’t wit to see the faces of the kids as they realize they are the stars of the show. I’ve had fun talking to the kids as I take their pictures. The older ones love to ask question about where we live. I have fun telling them about all the snow and freezing cold.
Tomorrow is another day and our first at Bhobokazi. I hope my “special friend” will be there. Apparently there will also be a lot of bricks that need to be laid and I need to call it a night. Till later
Hello from Swaziland. Got up early today to be part of the work crew that went to the care point early. Of course when we got there we didn’t go straight to work but, were able to get in a few hugs first from the kids and I got to play about 20 rounds of ring around the rosey with the pre-schoolers. The jack-hammer made the work go faster and we didn’t have to dig as much through the very hard mud. I even got to use the jack-hammer!!! but… once I dug down was unable to pull the jack-hammer back up…oops! 🙂 One of my favourite part of the day was when I realized that I had my small group leader’s (Char & Jason Ryan) special friend in my group for games and activities in the afternoon. He is super cute and was smiling lots! Another favourite thing was at the end of the day when the children sang one of their songs for us. Such beautiful voices. It was a humbling moment, children with so little blessing us with so much. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings in Bhobokazi.
Well it was a pretty great day today at Enaleni. I got to spend some more time with my boy Lungekonke (pronounced loon-gay-konk-ay). He’s pretty shy with new environments etc so it can be interesting with conversation since him and i share that talent (yes, talent).. but it was still very cool none the less. I was also very privileged to visit his home and his mother/brother again. The last year I went in 2010 some of us got to go on home visits with our sponsored children and we able to bring supplies home for the families. I blessed to be able to present these home supplies to Lunge’s Mother. Seems like we’ve been here for so long, but it also seems like the end is coming quickly. Im really happy to see the progress being made with the irrigation project at Enaleni and im excited to see Bhobokazi again, but ive been especially happy to be spending time with all the kids coming through the gates! Looking forward to more!-