Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Snapshots from the past month in South Africa.....

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are several thousand words of what we've been up to this month:

Emi's Closet hosted a high school orchestral fund-raising concert
My cell group helped me bake muffins to sell at intermission

We raised and gave away R2,000!

Fresh oranges at Ithemba!

The kids love "Sebo" the puppet who tells them Bible stories every week

I try to mix it up each week and bring different fruits. The vitamin C is really good for these kiddos!

The middle boy is Keenan and he is my favorite. He always opens the door for me, gets me a chair to sit in, and gives me a big hug. These are not the normal manners at Ithemba - believe me! He is a sweetie pie.

The multi-vitamin syrup continues to make a BIG difference in these little lives! So many of you have donated money from the Jingle Jog          

Emi's school - Shama Kid's Academy- had a FUN DAY and I was in charge of the obstacle course. They had so much fun!
There was my obstacle course, face painting, yummy snacks, fishing for magnetic fish, and a clown who sang cute little songs with them. Fun, Fun and we raised some money for the school.

Franzelle, Aya-Bonga, and Emi. Emi is speaking lots of Afrikaans and even some Xhosa!
All the moms had rainbow hair. Yikes!

The cutest barista in town :)

We are still looking for capital to "buy in" to the coffee shop. Just need to come up with a loan for $10,000 and we will be there. Good tent-makers business, and could mean raising less and less support some day hopefully.

We had 17 kids at "Tiny Church" and it was crazy. The coffee shop was transformed into the kid's zone- snacks, crafts, and games.

Thanks to the Jasper United Methodist Church for their recent donation towards more mulch-vitamins for the kids at Mommy's Day Care. You are making a difference in these little lives!! They really don't have proper nutrition so this is a big deal in their health and well-being.

Emi is growing up way too fast. She is going to be 4 on Haloween!

This is the latest addition to our family - Zoe. She's a doxiepoo - 1/2 poodle 1/2 dachshund. A friend moved away and she needed a home. She is a sweet little dog and Emi loves her so much.

Emi and her daddy had a date the other day and went to see a movie -Turbo. She wanted to get all dressed up and for me to fix her hair and make-up for her "date". She loves hanging out with her dad!

 Anne-Marie, the founder of our organization GLOBAL CHALLENGE EXPEDITIONS,  was shocked at her 50th Surprise Birthday party. There were hundreds of people who came to celebrate with her and she was genuinely SURPRISED!
I helped organize the dessert table and I made some chocolate dipped marshmallow trees and a Turkish Delight candy tree.

There were 125 Turkish delights tied to this tree!

That is a snapshot of the last few weeks. It has been REALLY, REALLY busy, but as you can see also lots of fun. Thank you so much for your continued love, care, support, and prayers. We so appreciate it! 

Lots and lots of love from the Deetlefs family,

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