As you guys know, since we moved to South Africa we are focusing our efforts more on training this year, and using what we learned in Swaziland for the last few years to help teach young people as they commit for a year to serve all over the world. The 44 Global Challenge students arrived a little over 2 weeks ago. There are young people from 19-26 years old from South Africa, the USA, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand. They are preparing and being trained for their one year journey which will take each of them to at least 10 countries in the next 12 months.
Marius is part of their training. Last week he taught for 3 hours on "God's Story" which was a big picture of God throughout the Bible, mixed in with stories of God's faithfulness in his own life. He did a great job. This week the students are in "the bush" testing their gear and doing a bit of survivor training. They don't have much food and it's raining on them, so it's a tough training week, but good prep for the journey ahead.
Next week we will go with the students to Transkei, which is about 8 hours away. It is a very rural, poverty stricken area.We'll be doing a construction project at a school and Marius will be in charge of the content of their teaching which will mostly focus on cross-cultural sensitivity, adaptability, humility, and flexibility. That's a mouthful huh?
Please keep our family in your prayers as baby Emi and I are feeling a little under the weather with colds. We will be in a remote area next week on this outreach, so please pray for us to get well before we travel there, and for safe journeys for everyone. Also pray for me as I have MANY ministry opportunities in front of me - teaching English, Bible studies, working with local orphans, and African pastors in the area. I need to really have wisdom about what to take on and what to say no to. The same with Marius - the wisdom to take on the right things and leave the rest to someone else. There is definitely no end to the need which we already learned in Swaziland; we just want to be obedient to do what we believe the Lord wants us to do.
A sweet picture of Emi with her favorite person - Dad!
We will continue to be in touch. Lots of love from sunny Africa,
Marius, Jodi & Emi