So let hope rise and darkness tremble in your holy light.*
Students in Masi face horrific overwhelming obstacles in their community: HIV/AIDS, crime, poverty, rape and substance abuse. Some have no running water, some share a one room shack with an entire family, including one bed.
They live with injustice. It means they must overcome a great deal in order to learn. There are students with untapped potential in Masi. It’s about inspiring. It’s about not being intimidated by obstacles. It’s about fighting back. Their injustice is our injustice.
We are beyond excited to announce our vision for Kwelanga House, our non-profit organization in Masiphumelele. Kwelanga House is an after school tutoring/guidance house for the community. Continue reading
Easter here is pretty understated. There are no giant Easter baskets, Easter grass or plastic eggs to fill. There’s no man wearing a giant Easter bunny costume, hating his life, while he takes photos with kids. There’s certainly no Peeps, which is a tragedy. There is chocolate. Lots of it.
We are having gorgeous weather. Sunny, warm with a slight ocean breeze; the kind that blows through the curtains and makes them dance. It’s great respite from a busy, sad month we’ve had. Just heard one too many heartbreaking stories, you know? We could use some life-restoring-resurrection in this city. Continue reading
She said “traditional dress.” For a bridal shower on a hot, summer, Saturday afternoon, “traditional dress” means to me, a cotton skirt and flip flops. To her, it meant an African traditional dress complete with celebratory face paint. Noting the difference of interpretation, I already sense with some apprehension that I’m clearly under dressed. Continue reading
There are only 18 days remaining to order a Kwelanga House t-shirt! Don’t miss out! Your support means the world to us!
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How does this make your heart feel? NORTH KOREA EXECUTES CHRISTIANS.
Jesus, I know you are there. That’s the only truth that makes sense to my heart.
Guess what? Our friends from Delaware, Ohio, Annie and Lucas, are getting ready to launch a T-shirt campaign to raise money for Kwelanga House! If you are in the US, you can order a T-shirt and have it shipped to you! $8 from each T-shirt purchased will go to the establishment of Kwelanga House. And you will get a cool T-shirt!
The campaign will only run for 21 days so you can’t hesitate! The goal is to sell 100 shirts!
My mind is completely blown. When we were home in the US this summer for four weeks, my friend Ginger introduced me to the amazing world of essential oils. When I say introduced, I mean she gave me a heavenly massage when I got back from South Africa.
Her office is quiet except for some sort of wooden bamboo flute music and it smells nice, like oranges and peppermint. There is a little diffuser that politely breathes a fruity goodness that I could smell, even with my face squashed into the massage bed. I wanted that thing, that little statue of magic mist. I felt wonderful. Like stress-free wonderful. Continue reading
Happy 13th birthday to these two bundles of awesomeness! Hudson and Ethan are officially teenagers, which makes us now officially parents of 5 teens! Now the party can officially begin!
Where to begin? 2014 took us by surprise and sent us into a completely different direction, leaving very little free time. Although we had been contemplating this decision for over a year, the decision to attend happened within a week. On January 6, Kevin and I started a Discipleship Training School at our local YWAM base. You know, Youth with a Mission. Why, you ask? We tried to answer that question here, but, to be honest, we felt ill-equipped to do what we are doing. Just how do you disciple someone? This is definitely throwing us into the deep end with lots of hands on training. It’s one thing to share clothing or food with someone, but it’s something completely different to be responsible for their spiritual training. That kind of unnerved us. Continue reading
It’s Superbowl Sunday. You’re probably watching commercials. South Africa recently released this commercial which speaks to the heart of why we want to open a tutoring center. It speaks to the heart, really. It’s a commercial for alcohol, of course. The best ones always are.