Well….our last full day at Enaleni has come to a close. It was a rich day! It was a day of great connecting again. It was a day of continued hope and encouragement of the changes we are seeing there.
We continued the work on the garden today putting in the fence posts and digging the trenches for the irrigation system. We also had Bryan and his crew start some decorative painting on the new kitchen today….it looks great. You can see some of the pictures on this blog. We distributed all of the care packages to the kids, had the celebration day with them and they all watched a big slideshow of pictures from this past week reminding them what we have been learning through the children’s program.
We had 6 different people go on home visits today to see their sponsor children (or a sponsor child of a friend) and there were some very rich experiences there.
I had a chance to sit down with Peter, Precious and Jumbo and hear their hearts for the future of Enaleni and some of the possibilities still to come there. It was so exciting to see them so full of vision! They have such a heart for the Enaleni community and they are dreaming big. I love it. I had the opportunity to voice on behalf of the church how much we cheer them on, how much we value them and love them, and how inspired we are by the work that they do. They are such amazing people and wonderful pastors to the community.
We have truly loved our time at Enaleni. It is a place so close to our hearts and we can just feel the depth of connection we have there. It is hard to believe we have but a few short hours left there tomorrow before we have to leave. We will cherish those moments.
Tomorrow, in the early afternoon we leave for our overnight safari before driving back to Johannesburg. We are excited about spending this time together as a team and capping off our experience here. We all still have so much to process through. Our team sharing has been rich, emotional, and so life changing. What a great group of people we have here.
There will be no blog tomorrow as the place we are going is in the middle of a game reserve with no electricity. So, the next time you hear from us will likely be as we wait for our flight in Johannesburg. What a privilege to journey with you all through this experience. We will post a few more stories and some details of our last day at Enaleni….and of course any animal sightings we happen to make on our safari.
Now….for me its off to pack…at 2 AM :-)….then we have a small group of people leaving a bit earlier to try and do a bit of early morning work on the garden for our last day there…..we’ll give all the kids extra hugs for all of you tomorrow. Today there is not such a wide variety of pics because most of the day I was tied up….but I’ve posted a few nonetheless!!
Dear Jackie & Ashley Walker,
Wow! What an interesting day. It has been a great trip so far, but I was very sad that I couldn’t meet my special friend because he has moved away. Pastor Jon & Miss Carolyn gave me a big surprise today. I got to go on a home visit to Pathu’s house!! We had a great time visiting with her Go-go (grandmother). We hugged and danced when we arrived. She was so excited that we came to visit. Pathu’s aunt & sister also lives there. Her Aunt is one of the leadership team members and will be going to South Africa to train and then come back and work at Enelani. I gave Pathu the picture that you coloured. She loved it. Pathu loves to colour. Her favorite colour is pink. We made sure that she a nice warm “hot” pink blanket to take home with her care package. Pathu also loves to sing. One of her favorite songs is “Jesus Loves the Little Children”. Pathu also really liked the pictures that was included in the package.
Thank you for the pictures of snow. They couldn’t believe that is gets so cold in Canada. Pathu keeps your Christmas card in a very safe place, and she showed me how much she loves getting cards and pictures with sparkles. Pathu’s grandmother loves Jesus. She is so full of joy, and loves you both & your Mom & Dad. She is so excited that you are praying for her everyday when you say your prayers, and sends many blessings to your family. We had a very nice visit, and said a prayer before we returned to the carepoint. I have lots of other stories, pictures, and videos to share with you when I get back to Winnipeg.
Lots of Love,
Miss. Amy (Mamy) Roebuck
Today was an amazing day. I finally got to paint on the kitchen/classroom. I had an amazing crew to help and everyone put a lot of themselves into the little characters on the walls. It was so much fun as we were surrounded by curious little faces. I was also able to be distracted enough to not have to think about leaving our little boy behind at Bhobokazi. As I walk around the carepoint I hugged kids and they are still calling me “team Bryan”. I consoled myself by telling myself that we have one more morning before I have to say good bye.
Skip forward to supper. Over supper I had a great conversation with one of our D- Team women. She told me that my little guy is very shy. Normally he stands on the outskirts and does not participate unless told to. She was amazed when I told her that he was singing and dancing with the group when they sang for us. I was moved that we could begin to bond that quickly. She also assured me that they will take good care of our children while we are away (back in Winnipeg). They see the kids every week and monitor their health and home conditions. I thank God for the D-Team and their love for the children of Swaziland.
Morning will bring a new day and the tough reality that we are heading home. Saying goodbye will be hard and we will be stretched to the edge of breaking. Please pray for the staff and all the others that care for these beautiful children. Their lives depend on it. Also pray for us as we begin our journey home. There are many miles and many hours of sitting on planes and waiting in airports. Pray for Pastor John as he orchestrates moving 21 people halfway around the world. Please forgive us when we get home and wish we were back here.
Till we get home, Bryan
Today was our last full day and what a day! Care packages, singing, hugs and laughter filled every moment. I needed a day like today. Yesterday, I found out first thing in the morning that my grandfather passed away. It has been difficult to deal with this loss while being away from my family but I feel so blessed to have my church family here with me. I know I am right where I am supposed to be and I feel that this year God has revealed to me how grief stricken and just how much loss is felt in the communities. There is a couple staying at Asante where we are staying who help kids at the care points deal with grief and loss and teach them about healing. They are such a wonderful couple and are doing amazing things with the kids! To all the Canadians who have a special friend here in Swaziland, these kids love you and appreciate you so much! Thanks for being a reliable source of love and support for these children. God really knew what he was doing when He planted these care points in our hearts. To my family, I’ll be thinking about you and praying lots! Love you and see you soon!