It is so great to be back on Swaziland soil again! We all carry a sense of gratitude to finally be here…and our sore bodies are grateful to stretch out and have the prospect of a flat & horizontal bed tonight!
Our travels from Frankfurt went about as smooth as they possibly could. It sounds like most of us were able to get some sleep during the 10 hour flight to Johannesburg. After collecting all our bags (yes ALL of them showed up at the airport hooray!) we boarded the bus and took the five hour road trip into Swaziland.
Our bus was filled with the sounds of laughter, snoring, & conversations of re-united friendship with the team here in Swaziland. For those that hadn’t been before, there was a sense of wonder and excitement about finally discovering what this country looks like.
After a bit of delay on the road, an off-road detour with two buses and trailers to get around, and a bit of a longer boarder crossing, we arrived at our guest house around 6PM or so. This is our first time staying here and it is actually a team guest house that the Swaziland ministry now runs. It is amazing! Feels like home the moment you walk in and best of all, the program here is using it to continue their dream of developing and training the children at our care points. It is now staffed by previous care point attenders that are old enough to work and providing income and job training to them. Very cool to see that stuff happening!
We had a delicious supper, had our team orientation with the Swazi staff here getting us ready for our days ahead, and then spent the rest of the evening unpacking, sorting, and checking on all our cargo to make sure everything survived. We also had a wee bit of excitement as one of the ladies came running out of her bedroom with a defined shriek…turns out one of these lovely critters was in her covers! How fun :
One by one our team members disappeared to their rooms to crash for the night….and now the room is quiet….just me and the soft glow of the screen remain. Proud of this crew already. They are ready to serve at every corner, optimistic, & watching out for one another.
Tomorrow we will open our hearts up to Enaleni and can’t wait to be with our friends once again there. Thanks for the support, the prayers & the encouraging messages that are coming in. We love having you along with us!
Good night from Swaziland!
Jon & the team.