What a day! A great second day…..we had a few early risers (10 of us) that headed off to Enaleni a bit earlier to try and get some extra trench digging in and got straight to work. We had a fun new tool today….a shovel jack hammer….and it sure helped (well mostly helped). We got busy working on getting the main supply line dug all the way to where the garden will be….as we were digging we new we had to watch for a buried water line that supplied the tap that the gogos and the kids use to cook….and we were careful but thought we had passed the spot where it was. Unfortunately as our lovely jack hammer was digging we struck water! Not in a good way….water came bubbling up from underneath and we had pierced the line….and by we I mean me 🙂
All is well though and we had the pipe fixed by the end of the day. Seriously though….our trench crew did awesome today and we got the main trench finished. The irrigation installer was there working on installing the new tank that will supply the system. How exciting!
Connecting with the kids today was so great. We have just LOVED our time with them and it is so full of laughter, smiles, screams and giggles. We had a few people get to meet their sponsor children and to go on home visits with them today. How precious that is for them. God really is stirring and working in our hearts as we continue to let these kids know how much they are valued and loved. The little ones are being held…the older ones playing games with us….and you can just see it in their eyes how much this lightens up their life!
Children’s ministry was so fun today. They had different stations they moved around in….and the games were hilarious. Adam is doing a great job telling the story and allowing these kids to know the truth of God’s love for them. And today we did a very special craft in which they decorated a bag that they took home with them. The wrote on it that they wanted to share God’s light with others and they packed the bag full of matches, candles and soup mix….three things that are very valued here. The were then to bring it to their families and neighbours and let them know they wanted to share God’s light with them….so neat to see them walking home with these packages.
The team is doing great….they are investing themselves so fully into this experience….drinking in every moment with the kids. If you have a special friend here (what we call sponsors) please know that they are being loved on like crazy.
Also, we are getting really excited about Saturday’s party day….the plans are coming together. We have arranged for a few big things….we are going to serve Chicken Dust for lunch….we have 3 big bouncing structures coming, we have rented ATV’s that are child sized that the kids will get to drive on (4 of them) and today a truck showed up loaded full of tires to build the track that they will run with them! Carolyn thinks I’m crazy for letting the kids run a course on a motorized vehicle…..but I think it will be pretty fun…..we’ll see 🙂 There is going to be a pile of kids there!
Very proud of the team we have here. Had a great day….you will see another post later with some of the team members blogs for the evening….I’m just posting this blog a bit early as we are having an AMAZING Bbq supper hosted at Jumbo and Kriek’s place tonight….and they have faster internet….so today I don’t need to be up too late uploading pictures 🙂
Thanks for the continued prayers….and all the comments are so encouraging. The team loves hearing from their loved ones and we love having our church following along.
Until tomorrow….and our first day at Bhobokazi which we are so looking forward to…..blessings!