There seems to be a palpable fear rising in the Cape. The panic level has increased considerably since the City of Cape Town released the latest statistics around the water crisis. The city of 4 million people is headed to be the first major city to run out of water. When the taps are turned off we will be forced to collect our water at designated points around the city. We will be allowed 25 litres a day. That’s about 6 gallons a day per person. The average American shower uses 17 gallons of water. Continue reading Day Zero
The first break-in involved a child. The burglar bars had been wedged just enough to squeeze a tiny body through. This is the donations container where all the school supplies are stored. Additionally, there were child’s scooters, fans, clothes, etc. Continue reading Break In-Again
Give Oils team to Ocean View. Thirteen (13!) shipping containers were painted and given a new look in the blazing summer sun! We were able to hire Ocean View residents to work and the job went much quicker.
Next step: Choose colours for the window shutters and plant boxes. Because colour brings LIFE!
We are so, so grateful to the Give Oils Foundation for their generosity and to doTERRA Helping Hands for their matching gifts!
Giveoils.org is here this week to help bring attention to the healing that has quietly been going in Ocean View. If you’ve ever wondered what this whole massage ministry is, here is a nice video they produced to explain what we do. They are also here to help us raise funds for a Healing Centre! We are currently in shipping containers with no running water or ventilation. There are big plans in the works for beauty to take a stand against injustice. Enjoy!
Protests arose in Ocean View last week after yet another murder. Roads were blocked for three days with no traffic but emergency vehicles allowed in and out of Ocean View.
We support the protests and expect the government to provide policing and safety to the residents. If you watch the video to the end, you will meet Lee. Lee used to volunteer at the Care Centre. I have had the privilege of having her at one of our women’s retreats. She is a gentle, kind, loving mom who has experienced her share of heartbreak in the community. Listen to her frustration and you can sense how deep, how hurt and how desperate are the people of Ocean View.
I wanted to say something about Ocean View today. But I didn’t want to add to the negativity and fear already on the Internet. I wanted to tell you that today my sweet friend who is 65 years old was on her way to our container when she was caught in the cross fire of a gang shooting. She wasn’t hit, but she is a grandmother who is trying to help her community. She is a grandmother. She had to cover her head and run from gunfire.
I wanted to tell you that this weekend another child lost his life when shooters entered his house and opened fire while chasing someone else. On the day of a wedding in the family. But I don’t want to be accused of using Ocean View’s tragedy to get sympathy which could translate into financial support for us.
I wanted to say that this morning before 9 a.m. there were 32 shots fired close to where we have 40 children playing and learning.
I wanted to say that while residents are warned to stay inside their homes, we left Ocean View, drove across the street, a mere 50 meters and sat in a quiet cafe and I ordered a cappuccino to steady my emotions.
I wanted to say that I’m dealing with a white-hot rage mixed with a sliver of hope and a helpless sense of disqualification. I don’t fully belong to this community, to this country or to their story.
But I feel it like it’s my own. And today, I just want you to know that just down the road in the area known as Slangkop, there is an unanswered pain too overwhelming to carry alone.
a guest post by Steve Hovda, my dad
Simple math would have solved the problem but in haste I proudly made one of my first purchases at the grocery store after our arrival in Cape Town, South Africa, a small box of Grape Nuts…for about 110 Rand, or $9.00 American. And so, it begins.
This was not the only faux pas, as my wife will be quick to interject. Learning to drive a stick shift from the right side of the car on the left side of the road through roundabouts, U-turns, mountain switchbacks and construction zones provided dozens of amusingly, terrifying moments. The simple task of ordering shawarma in the Market (Think “some of each” at the Mongolian BBQ.) produced a cuisine which burst with flavor, to put it euphemistically. Continue reading In Search of the Elusive Photograph
Sit back and relax. We now have online giving options! They are super easy! Now everyone can easily join the fun and help spread the LOVE!
Our 2017 budget is in need of 27 people to commit to $50 a month, or some such configuration. It’s never been easier to join! We’d love to partner with you! Click the friendly baboon or GO HERE if you prefer.
“The greatest of these is love.” As I have been planning these essays, Paul’s words keep coming back to me. “The greatest of these is love.” We left our normal lives in the USA because of love. We thought we knew what love was. We thought the way we live should look different because of love. Continue reading Love
Living a life of abundance and freedom is so much more than material abundance and financial freedom, but these are certainly tangible examples that we can easily relate to. Talking about finances and provision is uncomfortable and awkward but a lot of what has God has taught us has been either in the realm of money or money was a factor in the lesson. My personal hangups have to do with not wanting to ask for money or misinterpreted as such. I am still on a journey in this and I haven’t arrived, but please know that this isn’t a sales pitch. Continue reading Abundance and Freedom