We are finally here in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa. It was a great start. We arrived a week ago at about 3 pm. We drove to two rental units, signed a lease at 5pm, and moved in the next day! We love our little 2 BR townhouse, and Emi is loving to live so near to the ocean. We had a chance to go to the beach yesterday for about an hour and she was a hit in her red Radio Flyer wagon (they don't sell them here - I can see a serious market to import those Steve....)
We have been in lots and lots of meetings with the staff here as we are praying and prepping for the students that will arrive on Tuesday. We both have lots to prepare for as Marius will be teaching on Ephesians, Corinthians, and Galatians, and I will teach 5 sessions on Worship. I will start my work at the Community Center for orphans and vulnerable children next week - starting with 1/day a week to start until I figure out a good schedule for Emi. Then, we'll be going on an outreach to Transkei in about 3 weeks to help orient the students to outreach, as they'll be doing a construction project in a poverty stricken area. We just wanted to say a great big thank you for staying in touch, for your prayers, for giving, for caring. We pray that we continue to make a difference here in Africa in 2011, and we're excited about the journey! From now on this will be what our blogs look like. Please stay in touch!
lots of love,
Jodi, Marius, and Emi