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We made it!

We made it!

Stories from South Africa 2: 

We made it!


Friday and Saturday, our team began packing up as much as we could. Since we didn’t leave until Monday morning, our official pack out day was Sunday. That meant we weren’t as rushed as some teams and we got to help take down Big Top 1 on Sunday. Once again, our team worked hard at every task that was given to them in the process of taking down Boot Camp. On Saturday, we all lit our candles and lined the pathway for the teams that were loading the bus. It was the most bittersweet commissioning service I have ever been apart of. The excitement was tangible, but there were also tears shed for the beloved team members that we had to leave behind. Please pray for the Florida Dream Team as they adjust their hearts for service in Florida and pray also for the teams leaving them behind. They left holes that can’t be replaced.
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.
Our time traveling went smoothly, praise the Lord! We didn’t have much time in between flights, but we made very single one! The team was very thankful for the fun snacks that parents put together and Caroline J. mom dropped off in the Orlando airport. By our last flight (Amsterdam to Johannesburg), we were all exhausted, but the plane had a TON of empty seats. Once we took off, we were able to spread out and almost everyone had a row to themselves to sleep!
We made it to the base around midnight, assigned rooms, and crashed. Yesterday, we settled in and figured our work project. We get to stay inside the guest house with beds and bathrooms! It is very cold in the mornings and evenings, but by mid day, we are sweating again. Today, we have begun taking an old roof off of one of the buildings on the base. Our plan is to fix one of the walls with a crack and to totally replace the roof. We are enjoying playing with the staff kids here in our free time. For now, we are quarantined on the base for 2 weeks, but we look forward to getting out and evangelizing to the kids in the neighborhood later.
Please pray for our team health as some of us have developed head colds due to the weather.
From the team:
Aaron B.-  South Africa is a lot of fun and it’s kinda colder then I expected. KP is not the best because I can’t work with the team and I have to sweep with a broom that doesn’t have a handle. But the beds are are decent and the water is freezing. I finally got to see a dog again since they have guard dogs here (they don’t really guard anything)
Abigail Davis- Wow, I forgot how much I love South Africa. I came here in 2018 and it is so nice to be back. So far the team has settled in nicely and started the work project. Last night we got to see the sunset and that was the highlight of my day. Such a small reminder of how great our God is and how magical his creation is. Also Hi mom :)

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

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.

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.