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Sunday School Circuit

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. We went to a squatter community where a lot of people who came from Zimbabwe to find work but are struggling are living. There were a lot of young children in the community. Our team sang songs, performed dramas and puppets, played games, and presented the gospel through wordless bracelets that they passed out to the kids. The joy on everyone’s faces was so evident as we spent the afternoon together. At supper time, we walked the kids home and were able to pray and talk with a few of their parents. It was a very eye opening experience and a fantastic opportunity to tell people about Jesus. When talking about the experience later that day, a lot of kids agreed that it was a bittersweet moment. They were deeply bothered by the living conditions and poverty, but yet so excited to have the opportunity to get to meet and interact with that community. We have future plans to do two more Sunday School Circuits with TMI South Africa this week.
As far as construction goes, we are all but done with painting! Praise the Lord!! We just have one section of touch ups on the bathroom building. Kyra S. is a talented artist who is re-painting some lettering on one of the TMI signs. We finished the roof project so quickly that Mr. Robert wanted us to do another building. So we started working on the Bible students’ classroom roof this week as well. 
Last night, we hosted all of the staff and students for supper as a thank you for the supper they provided for us. We had breakfast for supper! Eggs, bacon, sausage, cinnamon rolls, banana bread, and juice were a few of the things on the menu. KP, who was Abigail D. and Caleb H. and Aaron B., worked very hard on all the food! Our team performed a funny skit called, “Because We Want To Be Loved” that had everyone rolling on the floor with laughter. It was such a fun night fellowshipping together!
The kids are excited to be soon heading home and are talking about all the stories they want to share with their families. Please pray for good health for our last few days and traveling that we have ahead of us!
From the team-
Josh Y. (Assistant male leader)- My time in South Africa has been great! God has taught me so much and I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to return to the Teen Missions base here after 3 years. 
My favorite thing has definitely been getting the opportunity to do the Sunday School circuit the past week, it was great interacting with the children and practicing our evangelism skills that we had learned in boot camp. As our time here draws to a close, I am very proud of all the work our team has accomplished and hope that we all have a great final week together. Hello Mom, Dad, Jeremy and Lillian! I’ll be home soon! Don’t finish “Loki” without me! 
Simon S. (Team Member) - hey, South Africa has been a lot of fun. I have had a lot of fun connecting with my team mates. I like singing while working. I have been consistent with my work outs and can easily do multiple clean muscles ups in a row. It has been good for me to take a break from technology. I just got letters from both grand parents yesterday. It’s just another day in paradise.

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

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.