DAY 9 – Saturday
Approx. 5:00 am While we are sleeping a gang of four thugs hold the parking security guard at gunpoint and steal Jumbo’s LandCruiser SUV. We’re in what appears to be a decent part of town…but this is a dangerous city. Lots of auto thefts and car jacking’s carried out by crime syndicates.
6:03 am Jumbo and Kriek get the call that their vehicle has been stolen
6:41 am i wake up with stomach issues…i will lose track of how many times i visit the washroom throughout the day…but it’s got to be somewhere around 20. Yuck. Three or four others seem to have the same thing.
Route 33/66 Bible reading. Shower. Get ready for the day. Skip breakfast.
8:30 am The team meets and loads bus for Summit Day 2.
9:00 am Summit 2012 Day 2 kicks off with some awesome worship.
Cam and i are both finding the intensity of the last 10 days are beginning to take their toll. We are ready to come home. Cam spends his day editing videos while i take in the sessions with the rest of the team.
It’s another awesome day of teaching, worship and special moments.
We shot and/or edit three videos today…
– A ‘Shout Out’ to Willow Canada that we’ll send to them via Vimeo
– A Sunday Morning Report from Africa video that Cam will send for this Sunday
– A Summit Offering Video that we may use at the Winnipeg site along with the other stuff Summit sends.
4:17 pm Summit ends and it’s been an awesome day. Many of our Swazi friends are saying they really loved yesterday but thought today was even better.
4:28 pm Jumbo hands 200R to each person and explains they can use it to go to a movie and buys supper or just use it on supper.
4:52 pm Arrive at the mall. Jumbo, Kriek, Clara and i find a restaurant we can sit in for a few hours and have a meeting. i bring 10 key questions for them regarding Children’s Hope Chest and system operations on the ground, however, before we get into them, Jumbo thanks Riverwood again and reflects on some key learning’s he is walking away with.
We have a really awesome conversation for three hours and i walk away with a much better understanding of CHC, Swaziland, the missionary operations and how child sponsorship works…as well as the current challenges the ministry is facing.
8:05 pm We leave the mall to head back to the hotel.
8:32 pm Pastor Peter, Precious and i sit in the lobby as i show them photos of Riverwood, my family, some of my projects and pictures from our first Swazitrip. There are some good laughs.
10:22 pm Cam is uploading videos while i write the blog. We have to pack and be down at the bus by 8:15 am.
Tomorrow, Riverwood is providing another ‘first-experience’ for lots of our Swazi friends: we’re taking them to a theme park called Gold Reef City…
…then they hit the road back to Swaziland around 3:30 pm after dropping us at the airport.
Our flight leaves 8:30 pm from JoBurg … 16 hours to Atlanta. Then it’s a flight to Dallas…up to Minneapolis and finally Winnipeg.
Gonna miss our beds tomorrow night…but really looking forward to getting home.
Thanks for joining us on the journey!
Todd & Cam