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Greetings from the South Africa team.

Greetings from the South Africa team.

Greetings from the South Africa team. We have had a busy few days and we are excited to share them with you! We were able to go to a game reserve which is about 30 minutes away. There are 22,000 hectares in the Dinokeng Game Reserve. We stayed overnight at the Mongena Lodge. They have cute huts with showers and heaters! We left Thursday afternoon and arrived about 2:30 PM. We got settled into our rooms then we proceeded to the entrance where we met our two guides and loaded into our open safari vehicles for our 3:30 PM safari. We headed into the reserve looking for animals. Of course, we were wanting to see the “Big Five” (rhino, elephant, lion, water buffalo, and cheetah), but seeing any animals would be exciting. We had a three-hour ride on Mongena’s land (which is about 9,000 hectares). We returned to the lodge and enjoyed an wonderful meal of steak, chicken or pasta, beautifully plated by the chefs. Luke led devotions for us that night, then we went straight to our huts. We really enjoyed the nice soft beds and showers. After a nice breakfast the next morning, we headed out for the 9:30 safari. It was pretty cool and cloudy so we didn’t see many animals. During the safari, the guides stop and try to locate the animals. They also have a snack of sodas and nuts, dried fruit and jerky for us. It was a lot of fun. Over the course of both safaris, we saw zebras, impala, wart hogs, gnu, kudus, wildabeasts, rhinos, monkeys bush babies, owls and many other birds and deer. Our oasis away ended with a wonderful lunch by the lake. We left about 2 PM and stopped at a few small craft places to buy some souvenirs. We hope to have one more opportunity before we leave to get some more items for our families and supporters later next week.

We were able to help the students in the garden. They sometimes give out this food to the needy, so we went one day to help them give it out. There was one man who lives under a tree and people come to feed him and talk with him. The tree is his home. We think of him on these cold nights. We were also able to do balloons for the kids and give out wordless books and bracelets. 

We had a full day of work today since we had been gone away for a time. Touchups are being made to most of the buildings that are done so far. We hope to get working on the other dorms and office before we go. The chapel, Yoders’ house, dorms where we are staying in and the big house are all painted. We closed our evening with Naomi doing devotions by the fire, after we enjoyed s’mores first! We are looking forward to the Lord’s Day tomorrow to refresh us for our final week. 

Speaking of next week, it is our last week here in South Africa. The time has gone by quickly, but we are ready to get back to Debrief and home. We have a busy week. Monday we will be serving dinner for the staff and students, Tuesday we will have the missionary family share with us about their family and their vision here for the ministry. Wednesday we will be having our team banquet, Thursday we go to town for our Covid tests and do some shopping. Friday we will return to town for the results of our tests and pack up. Saturday we will finish packing, and head to the airport. 

We are thankful for all that the Lord has been doing here in our lives and in the ministry we have been able to do for the base. The buildings are looking really nice and will be a great improvement for the conference center here. The conference center helps to raise money for the base.

Once again, the electricity has gone out so we will send this as soon as we can.

Thanks for your prayers. 

South Africa team

South Africa team is all here...

We ran the OC during Orientation yesterday and did well working together as a team. We have had some crazy thunderstorms here, but that helps cool things off! Today is the first full day of our Boot Camp schedule which includes digging, carpentry, dramas, music as well as free time and bath and laundry.

Greetings from the South Africa team!

This morning’s free time was spent bringing mulch into the campsite so we can dry out the area in front of the tents. Our tents are staying pretty dry inside as we have new tents this year! We continue to have some heavy rains in the afternoons so pray that our clothes and everything will dry out!

South Africa I

What a relaxing Sunday here at the Lord’s Boot Camp.

I know that doesn’t sound like Boot Camp, but it was a much-needed change of pace and we were still busy doing things! We changed tent partners, had our team photos taken, learned verses went through the Teen Missions Display Room, and spent time in the pool.

We are on the last day of training here at the Lord’s Boot Camp.

We have learned so much this past few weeks; it hasn’t all been easy, but the Lord has brought us through. It has been nice to have a few dry days to get our clothes dried. The next few days we will be taking down Boot Camp, and packing to go to South Africa. We have prayer closet

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

South Africa has arrived safely!

South Africa has arrived safely!

Greetings from Pyramid, South Africa!

We are into our first week here and already a lot has been accomplished. The team has been working on repainting the outside of all the buildings. What a difference! They went from a cream color to burgundy and grey. It really looks nice. The base coat is on and we will be working trim and other things starting Monday. Upgrades are being done on the buildings too. The staff kids love to watch the team work and can hardly wait until free time to kick the soccer ball around with them!

Greetings from South Africa!

Greetings from South Africa! We are thankful that we are able to be here and we are constantly reminded that that the Lord has a purpose for us here. We have really enjoyed getting to know Robert, Dorah and the staff and students. They are so thankful that the team is here and for the fellowship. Morning devotions with the staff and students (after our personal devotions), continues to be a highlight in starting our day. Painting continues on all of the buildings. We were able to make our first trip off the property, just down the road to the little store to get soda and candy.

Web Report: South Africa

What a fun week we have had between painting the buildings and spending time with the staff and students. The buildings continue to really look really nice. First we have to wash and scrap the bricks and any chipped paint off the walls. We are painting them burgundy and grey. Nothing like a new coat of paint to make things look new!

We are packing up to head home tomorrow!

Today is a day you look forward to but also feel bad about. We are packing up to head home tomorrow, but we will miss the staff and students here at the base. We are looking forward to heading to Debrief and seeing our families, but we will leave a “family” behind here also. We have had a great time getting to know the TMI South Africa staff and students and know better how to pray for them as we go home.