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The Roof is on!

The Roof is on!

Stories from South Africa 2

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.
On Saturday, it was back to painting. We are almost finished with all of the painting projects, just adding touch ups and scraping windows. In the afternoon, we practiced a brand new presentation so that we wouldn’t perform the same thing twice for the staff and students on the base. 
Sunday was a beautiful and relaxing day. Our team did well on their presentation and our team member Brady M. gave a powerful sermon on anger. He did a fantastic job. We also practiced quizzing on Sunday and are looking forward to the competition we will have in debrief soon! We have several really good quizzers. Sunday night, the staff and students performed traditional dances for us and served a wonderful national meal. Part of the meal was cow liver and intestines. Seth D. ate 3 livers and Caleb H. went back for seconds on cow intestine! Not all of the team members were as enthusiastic about those two dishes, though.
Today, we are back to painting and will be visiting a market in the afternoon. We received the amazing news that the president has opened up South Africa again! That means we have plans to do some of the Sunday School circuits around the base the next few days. We are very excited to evangelize to the communities around us and interact with the locals!
From the team:
Kate C.- Being able to come to South Africa has been such a blessing and opportunity. Although we haven’t been able to get out and do much evangelism, working here at the base has shown me and everyone else that we can serve right where we are. We were able to go to a local market and barter for some handmade African goods. I love spending as much time with the team as I can to soak up the last few days we have together in South Africa. 
Donovan T.- Having a great time here in South Africa, excited to go evangelize amongst the Nationals. Getting ready to go to the market and souvenir shop for my supporters. Time is going by too fast and we will be home. Definitely gonna miss this place and all the people here and the friends we have made along the way. Peace.

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!

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.