Well….we have just finished up our final morning here in Swaziland and are currently on the bus en route back to South Africa where we will spend the night. The bus is quiet and many are sleeping. We feel collectively like we have invested much of ourselves into this and I can sense the breath of air being taken in as we just allow the experiences of the past two weeks to sink in. We had a great morning with the kids and taking the Gogo’s from both Enaleni and Bhobokazi shopping for their annual trip to the mall! They loved it SO much. How fun to bless these women who give so so much of their time and energy to caring for the hundreds of children every day.
The goodbye’s were both joyful and filled with tears. We take joy in the connections we have made….into the love we have been able to give and the countless greater love we feel like we have received. It has been such a meaningful experience for us as a team. We are so grateful to God that he has met us here….that he orchestrated so many things for us….and most of all that we were privileged enough to be his hands and feet to so many that he cares about so deeply.
We are on our way for an evening as a team to enjoy one another, to gather around a bonfire tonight….and to share stories and laughter together. Tomorrow morning we will leave at 5AM to take in a morning safari drive at Kruger National Park where we hope to see a few animals to finish of our experience. We will try and share a few of those with you from the airport.
Stay tuned for some final reflections….some updates on our travels for our families to hear…and for a few more photos to surface. For now….thank you for being with us. In a few short minutes we will cross over the border of Swaziland…..but we feel as though our hearts are remaining behind. – Jon
Another amazing trip with another awesome team! It has been a privilege once again to journey half way around the world to join hands and partner with our Swazi family. I have loved working and playing side by side with old and new friends! Each year I go home having met new friends – both on the team and here in Swaziland.
For the past 3 years I have a tradition with my special friend — Scel’mpilo. We take photos together under the banana tree. We make funny face photos as well as smiley face ones. We include some other friends as well. This year I go home with the start of a new tradition (hopefully)– I asked Scel’mpilo if he would like to say hi to my girls on video and he agreed!! He asked me to write the girls’ names on his hand so he could read the names as he greeted them.
He greeted my girls on the video and then said he would like to sing a song for them! He sang Jesus Messiah for them!! “My boy” has a difficult life here in Swaziland (at the age of 15 he has lost all of his family members) but still has such a sweet spirit! Again I am going home with a heart full of mixed emotions. Sala Kahle (Good bye) – Brenda