Well….first of all….today was a great day! Our last full day at Enaleni (we have a half day there in the morning tomorrow) and we did our best to take every moment in. It was certainly an interesting day as far as our plans went….we made plans on how to best run our day last night….then this morning we changed our plans….then a few minutes after that they changed again….then the power went out and we had to change them again…then it came back on and we changed them again….then it went back out and we……well you get the idea.
We had planned on showing the Jesus film for kids in Siswati today as a movie time. We darkened the windows with garbage bags, had a projector and screen setup, and then when the power went out we thought we would have to adapt. We made some plans but left room that if the power came back on we would still show it. There were a few faith filled Canadians that said it was going to happen, but I wasn’t one of them. Somehow a power outage in Swaziland felt beyond God’s control 🙂
But just a few minutes after 2PM when we would need to start the movie, sure enough the power came back….and it stayed.
We sang our hearts out with the kids today and sang every song we could think of. I have personally enjoyed something I have never really experienced previously on these trips….I have been more directly involved in the kids program because I am the only team member that can play a guitar….so I have been leading the worship & singing. I have really enjoyed interacting with the kids on this level. I take great joy in making a bit of a fool of myself to invite the kids to do the same 🙂
What a joy it was to hand out the care packages today as well! We feel so privileged to hand them out because for each one it represents a special relationship that they have been able to experience that is so incredibly meaningful to them. The joy as they received their bag and their brand new shoes was easy to see!
Today was also significant for those who headed out on the work crew this morning to help finish up some of the building we were doing at a homestead near the carepoint. How fun it has been to interact, get to know, and to really connect with some of those who are in the community but not yet a part of Enaleni church.
We spent the evening tonight after supper debriefing sharing a highlight from the trip, a low, and something God has been showing us. It was humbling to hear as one by one each person spoke about how many high points they have had….how strongly God has revealed himself to them, and also how much heartache we have encountered. One of the things God has been revealing to me in my own experience is how present he is with the broken hearted….those that have experienced so much difficulty and struggle. When we encounter these stories I feel as though we are encountering God himself….and it leads me further to believe that God calls us to walk in relationship with the broken and with the helpless. To not only meet the needs, but to know the needs because we know the person. To feel like their needs are in a sense our own…..
Tomorrow will be a tough goodbye and a wrap up to our experience….but for so many of us it represents a new work that God has begun here in our lives. Follow along the journey tomorrow at: www.facebook.com/enaleni
Today I had a home visit with my special friend Ntando and his family; while we were there they wanted to give us a chicken as a gift, Ntando and his sister ran around their house chasing down a chicken to give us and when they finally caught it they were informed that it was the wrong chicken so they ran down another chicken to give us. We couldn’t take the chicken as a gift for obvious reasons. Then after we finished up the home visit we walked back to the care point where pastor Peter’s son, Mteko, or “Given”, informed me that he had a gift for me, he pulled out a bag and told me to open it, in the bag there was a ball of tissue paper, and in that ball of tissue paper there was a small hand crafted drum made of wood and a piece of what appears to be goat skin.
Today was by far the best day of the trip; even though it marks the end of the trip, which in itself is heart wrenching, it was still the most amazing day yet, for me anyway. – Ben
This trip has been amazing! Erik and I have been able to spend time with our “Swazi daughters” at Enaleni and Bhobokazi. The experiences have been very rich. I bonded with both girls and they are so sweet and have grown a lot in the last 2 yrs.
Going shopping with the Bhobokazi Makes and Gogo’s yesterday was such a fun experience.
I got very sick yesterday and had to stay in the hotel today. I heard everyone singing Happy Birthday to Kailey this morning and I started to cry because I couldn’t be there. When housekeeping came to change the bedding she was very sweet and tried to make me feel better. It is a very humbling experience when your husband has to clean the sheets for you because you had an accident.
I hope I am well enough tomorrow to say goodbye to the children and go on the Safari. Please pray for me. – Yvonne