We have arrived! It was a long 10 1/2 hour flight, many of us slept…a few only napped but we are in good spirits and ready to roll. We arrived into Swaziland about 5PM…unpacked, settled into the rooms and had supper. We have just finished our orientation with Steve and Amy, our lovely team hosts, and are now busy organizing our supplies. The room has been loud with laughter and we are certainly excited for tomorrow. Out of the 36 bags we brought, 32 have showed up so that’s a decent percentage 🙂
We are missing 4 bags that will hopefully arrive tomorrow….3 are team bags and one belongs to Kailey…so she will be borrowing a few clothes for tomorrow. Hopefully that works itself out soon!
To family of our team members, we don’t have good internet tonight so there likely won’t be much contact but just know we are all doing well!
Thanks for your prayers and support. We can’t wait to report back on our first day at Enaleni tomorrow!
A few thoughts from our team:
We made it! It’s been a long few days. I think in the last three days I’ve probably slept 9 or 10 hours total. And I’m tired. I remember feeling a sense of relief and accomplishment when we finally rolled into where we’re staying. And it’s easy in the midst of sleep deprivation to forget what it’s all for. At some point your instinct is to just find the nearest flat place and pass out. But as I write this we’re busy sorting all the team bags; getting supplies ready for the first day at Enaleni tomorrow. And all the late nights, early mornings, uncomfortable seats, temperature swings and hours of sitting in cramped spaces are worth it. Because tomorrow we get to finally do what we came here to do! And all of the discomfort is a small price to pay for the opportunity to speak into the lives of these children; to tell them that they are loved. So as I read through and correct all the spelling mistakes my exhausted brain has made and listen to the chaos of this room I’m filled with anticipation and excitement for what’s to come! But I think I better get some sleep so… see you later! – zach
Anticipation. It’s the word I use now and the word I have not felt regarding Swaziland till this evening. Everything starts tomorrow even though it began a long time ago and I just missed it. As we pack up supplies, build camaraderie with the team, prepare ourselves and our hearts for all we get to take in, I’m anticipating tomorrow. I have no idea what this trip holds and I’m stoked to let it all come. I’m sure there will be great things, hard things and at the same time I’m sure that I have no idea J I just pray that I, that we, would do the best we can to represent Riverwood well, honour God, and love these kids. – ben