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.
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 →
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.
We have been driving a Volkswagen Chico for the last few weeks. We get to use it until the end of January, then we have to return it to a friend. It’s been pretty sweet, with dark tinted windows and room for 4 people.
So, at the end of January we will go back to the taxi bus. Riding in a public taxi has its merits, but the five rounds of head lice that we went through would not count as a merit. Continue reading →
Over the last 12 months, we have prayed and contemplated about joining one of two local organizations. One is All Nations and one is YWAM (Youth with a Mission). Even though we both have college degrees from Christian colleges, and have been in Christian ministry, we need to learn to communicate with people of a different faith or background. AND, we need guidance as we pioneer this vision of ours. So…. Continue reading →