Our time here is slipping away… And quickly at that! Before you know it I’ll be on a big jet headed back to the U.S.A., back to the warm Florida sun, back home! Thank goodness it won’t take as long to get home as it took to get here. I think I’m most ready to eat my Mama’s good cooking and be warm! It is really cold here at night in a home with no heat and this Florida girl hasn’t acclimated yet. As excited as I am to see everyone and share the stories and pictures, I know I’ll miss this place. That’s why each night I’ve made it a point to write and throw in as many of the details of the day as I could. I don’t want to forget. I don’t want to forget these sounds and smells of Kliptown and the way people live. I don’t want to forget what it was like to sit in Orlando Baptist Church and (as our team said) experienced the fire fall. I don’t want to forget the looks on the faces of those children as they saw the van full of white Americans drive up or the way they ran to greet us. So many things have happened that I could go on and on. Still, I realize that I’m here, you’re not and describing for you the trip or the experiences I’ve had will never come close to you actually being here. So I write the blog and try my best to give you just a snapshot of this journey. One day I hope to look back on this and be able to remember.
Today was full of firsts for me. I was in charge of preparing the crafts for our trip and then helping everyone carry them out. It was awesome! It was the first time I ever attempted to lead craft time for children who speak Zulu. That was quite interesting! We spent most of the day serving the preschool and then KYP. It was the first time I’ve ever had about 5 little African children try to fix my hair. I’m sure you’ll see the pictures! At one point I thought they’d pulled out half of my hair. I’m so tendered headed, they almost had me In tears, but I had an absolute blast! We left KYP and headed to McDonalds where I was thankful for a cheeseburger and French fries. (Oh and wifi!!! Lol). Then our team split into 2 groups and set out for two separate youth services. I ended up back at Orlando Baptist where Madie, Dave, Mike, and I had a chance to share our testimonies. I was so thankful that The Lord was with me! For the first time I wasn’t nervous about speaking in front of a congregation in a foreign country…. Especially with limited English! God was there.
I think exhaustion is starting to set in. We’re so busy serving and ministering throughout the day that sleep comes very easily at night. Waking up in the morning is much harder as well!!! We’re tired but our team is awesome! I think I said this yesterday, but I’ve never worked on a mission trip team with so much unity and “oneness”. We’ve got it going on! Tomorrow is Saturday and the guys are going to a men’s breakfast while us ladies get to go with Pokie and Tsegho to the market and on a food tour, I think. That should be really fun! As for the rest of the weekend, I’m not sure yet what it holds. We’ll have to wait and see!
Oh, and by the way, I had a South African girl tell me that she could listen to me talk all day long. (She’s not the first on this trip!) She said I had the most beautiful voice and she loved my southern accent. Haha- I thought it was funny!