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 A Fun Filled Weekend

A Fun Filled Weekend

Date: 07/19/21

Field report number 6
Written by: Maddi Metzler
The ban on large groups is still in effect here in South Africa and our team has been itching to get out and evangelize. We have completely finished painting the guest house, as well as two staff homes. We are about 75% of the way finished painting the dorm buildings and totally finished re-screening, re-framing, and painting the windows of the brick room on the side of the guest house. The property here is transforming before our eyes! One of the staff members here, who we call Mr. B, came to talk to our team while we were eating supper the other night to thank us for all that we are doing. He said that when he steps out of his room every day and sees us working, he feels like crying because of the impact we are leaving. He encouraged us that though we may not feel like we are doing much or though we may think we aren’t really helping, we are truly changing the atmosphere around here. He is excited to have people come to the base once the quarantine is lifted to see the difference. He thinks the transformed property will invite more and more to come and hear the Gospel. That was so good to hear and it really boosted our spirits.
Another boost to our spirits was that on Saturday, our team walked in separate small groups (so as to not appear as a large group) through the mall! We spent a few hours exploring and shopping! We also ate at the food court in the mall, which was the highlight of most everyone’s day. Half of the team got yummy looking milkshakes! A good number of team members bought matching hoodies, and most simply enjoyed the change of scenery and walking around.
On Sunday, we took our turn doing our presentation. The team did very well! Mr. Robert, the coordinator of the base here, said it reminded him so much of when he was a team member. Though practicing our presentation may not have always been fun, we could tell that the team was really enjoying themselves when it came time to actually perform for the staff and students here. We ended our day with a walk outside the compound and roasting hot dogs around a fire. Donovan T. and Brady M. sharpened a bunch of sticks for us to be able to cook our supper. Some of the team members, like Caleb H. and Halee C. tried roasting an apple on their stick as well. They said it tasted like apple pie!
Today, our goal is to keep painting until we’ve completed all painting projects. We ordered supplies for the roof and wall today, so we hope to soon finish those projects as well! We want to accomplish as much as we can in our remaining two weeks here!
From the team:
Caroline J.- Our progress with the painting is really turning out nice. I have enjoyed cutting off chicken heads and playing with the children in my free time. The sunsets are beautiful here and the morning are a bit chilly. We rebuilt a wall and it is sturdier than ever. We will be repairing the roof we took down in the next few days. I miss my friends and family but will miss South Africa too!
Brady M.- the mall was so fun and we got a bunch of food and Candy and it was nice to get out and see more of South Africa and painting is growing on us so it is not as bad 

Greetings from South Africa 2!

Our team has learned to adjust quickly right away, having had to switch from Uganda to South Africa a week before Boot Camp. Because of that, we decided that our team call before we count off would be:

South Africa II

It is the fifth day of Boot Camp and we are all getting the hang of things. Everyone has been getting to the classes and getting up on time. The team has been doing really well on the morning Obstacle Course (OC), The team has continued to get everyone over the Wall. All of the classes have gone great and the kids have been learning a lot of things they can use in South Africa and later on in life. They have continued to grow as a team and have been bonding well together. They had a fun cheer to share at rally last night for all of Boot Camp and everyone loved it.

Our first week of Boot Camp is complete!

Woot Woot! We have learned all of our construction skills and are now focusing on evangelism skills such as puppets, balloons, drama, Sunday school lessons and advanced evangelism.

Greetings from South Africa

Greetings from South Africa . Both teams have arrived at the base they traveled good and are in good heath. They are now sleeping.
Robert and Dorah Yoder
Is 41:10

We made it!

Our team project has changed, as the South Africa president closed travel between provinces. That means we can’t go to the school, but that we will be serving alongside the other South Africa team at the Teen Missions South Africa base. The kids adjusted well to that news, as they’ve had plenty of practice adjusting to changes in plans.

Stories from South Africa 2!

Our team has been knocking out the work projects here on the base! We’ve almost finished painting the large guest house, so we’ve begun painting several other buildings on the base. They are painting the concrete a maroon color and the bricks grey. We are waiting on supplies to finish construction on the building we took the roof off of, but it is prepped and ready to go. The ladders we use here are different than the ones we use in the USA, so some of the team members, like Abby S., are a little nervous to go up the ladders to paint. They are all conquering their fears though.

A taste of freedom

Painting, painting, and more painting! Whether it’s a small brush painting the cracks between bricks, or the roller covering a large space on a wall, our team has been diligently painting day after day.

Walk, walk, walk, in the light

There is plenty of painting waiting for us to tackle today. They did, however, make progress on their memory verse strategies! Caleb H. and Faith P. made it a point to memorize not only the verse and reference, but the number on the cards so that they can keep track what numbers the quiz master hasn’t used when we practice quizzing. Simon S. memorized over 20 verses in the book of Ecclesiastes to share for his turn on night devotions. Seth D. is very into his library reading book and has a hard time putting it down!

Healthy and Strong!

Coming to you today healthy and strong! Everyone is feeling great and working hard on the job site. While we are (you guessed it) still painting away at all the buildings on the base, we’ve also had a few side projects to break up the painting. A big tree was presenting a problem with where it was growing, so some professionals came and cut it mostly down. We had a fun time watching them take the tree down!

Safari Trip

The excitement was tangible first thing Tuesday morning as the kids tried to keep themselves focused on working. They knew that after lunch, we were immediately leaving to have our sight-seeing adventure!

The Roof is on!

Friday morning, our team stopped painting and began replacing the roof we took off the first week we were here. Each team member took a turn screwing in the metal sheets. They worked hard and finished the entire roof project in one day! They were so excited to get to do something different and to try out new construction skills.

Sunday School Circuit

We were blessed with the wonderful opportunity to go on a Sunday School Circuit on Tuesday! Now that the president has opened the country, Teen Missions in South Africa has resumed their outreach programs.