Our travels have brought us safe and sound to Swaziland. After taking bets coming off the airplane about how many of our bags would actually make it through all the connections we were grateful that they all got there! All 2300 lbs of them. We had a 5 hour journey from the airport to our guesthouse and have now settled in….had supper….orientation with the field staff and have sorted through all the bags to be ready for tomorrow. The team is pretty tired and as I type this blog everyone else has officially hit the sack. We hope for a good night of rest and to hit the ground running in the morning.
It has been so great to be back…to see many on the team experience this for the first time….but all I can say is I can’t wait to be on the ground tomorrow at Bhobhokazi! Looking forward to a fantastic day. We can’t wait to share about our day tomorrow!
I’ll leave you with a couple of posts from our team members:
For Jason & I, we spent almost a month in Mumbai before we would meet up with the team. For us, just seeing people from home was such a blessing after being away for so long. Sunday evening Kailey and Bryan arrived early. We were SO excited to see them when we picked them up at the airport and just hugged them. We had made arrangements for them to stay at the same place as us so we had dinner together and enjoyed the evening together.
Finally we are here is Swaziland. After a nice meal and a group meeting we unpacked the team bags and now some people have wandered off to bed, some are packing activities for tomorrow, and some playing guitar. This is so cool to be here and experience this. We are excited and hopeful. We are also Thankful because we know that God will use this team from Riverwood to encourage all those children at the care points. But this is different for us. We have always been on very small missions teams or just the Jason and I. Now we are in a group of 24 so this will be a different experience. We are very thankful for Jon and Carolyn who are leading the group because we can now take a break from the planning and leading & just enjoy and minister.
Thanks again to all of you who read these blogs. We ask that you pray for us as a group, for protection, safety and for God to continue to use us as He sees fit. – Char
Here we are, finally. Char and Jason arrived from India, Kailey and I arrived last night after the direct flight from Atlanta and the rest of the team via Frankfurt. It was a great reunion to when our team could count from 1- 24 none stop. It was even more official when I saw Steve coming down the escalator. BUT, it was really real when we went out and met Elliot and Sandile coming with the busses trailers in toe. As we drove closer to Swaziland and crossed over the boarder I became even more excited to see the rest of the staff and rooms at Asante Guest House. It’s starting to feel like a second home.
The duffel bags are getting re-packed for tomorrow and a construction crew has been assembled but at this point we don’t know what we will be doing. After all, this is Africa. That’s all for tonight from me – Bryan