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Safari Trip

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! We were able to find a Safari Reserve called Dinokeng, a very large reserve with all of the Big Five animals, in our province that was open for business. We were able to book an all inclusive outing that included 2 safari drives, 3 meals, and a night in some really awesome lodges. The kids painted eagerly for a few hours, we ate, loaded up the TMI bus, and entered what felt like a whole new world! Right outside of our sleeping lodges were zebras and several kinds of impalas just roaming around. When we went on the safari drives, we were able to see three of the Big Five: Rhinos, Buffalo, and an Elephant! We also saw monkeys, warthogs, giraffes, wildabeasts, water buck, several kinds of impalas, lots of different birds, mongoose, jackal, and zebras. Our guide found lion prints that were really neat to see too! It was amazing to get to see God’s beautiful creation on this side of the world. So much different than viewing in a zoo! The sunset on the wild African bush terrain was breathtaking. Thankfully, the Jeeps had blankets for us because once the sun went down, it got very cold. The guides used a spotlight to continue searching for animals in the dark. Our trip was a relaxing and fun time that will be treasured by us all for a long time. On the drive back, we stopped at a small souvenir and pottery shop where some kids purchased a few fun things. 
Today, we are back at work, painting cheerfully! A cold front is blowing in, so today has been very chilly and windy. We stopped halfway through the morning to warm up with some tea before heading out again. Because it is so windy today, we are waiting until tomorrow to start the roof project, but all the supplies are here, waiting to be used! 
From the team:
Megan K: 
I have been loving my time in South Africa. It was really fun to go on our safari trip and see all the cool animals for my birthday. I love our chapel services every morning. 
Abigail D:
Hello everyone! We have just over a week left here in SA and it’s so sad to see our time here come to an end. It’s been so cool to see the progress on the worksite and all the work we have been able to get done in our time here. I’m excited to see how will God continue to work in and through us the rest of this summer.

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!

A Fun Filled Weekend

The ban on large groups is still in effect here in South Africa and our team has been itching to get out and evangelize

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.