Sunday, March 13, 2011
Just got home from a GREAT Sunday morning church service! The others are working on fettuccine alfredo for lunch, so I'm taking a quick moment to cram two full awesome days into one blog post.
Friday, we shopped around Welkom in the morning. Andi, Laurie, and Mal all bought African dresses. The salesman was VERY excited to help them! Louis said it was for two reasons; 1- no white people wear those clothes. 2- no one under 40 wears them either. :)
We shopped at a store in the mall and bought gifts for children in the hospital and the hospice. We also wandered around the grocery store and bought some African sweets. After a quick lunch, we drove to Boskoppe Lion Park. It was AWESOME! We had the best, most informed guide to tour with us. We all got the chance to play with baby lions, tigers, and lynxes, but the coolest part was when Louis, Chris, Amanda, and Jeff got to go in the cage with 10-month old leopards! We got some sweet pictures and videos to show you when we get home! All four escaped with just a few teeth and claw marks. :)
Saturday, we all slept in a bit and met in the park at 10AM. On the second Saturday of every month, Welkom has an outdoor market with lots of vendors. None of the items were very African, but it was still fun to walk around check out everything. After lunch, we left to tour Thabong. Okuthle, who attends the church here, let us see her home. We also visited one of the cemeteries for children. Most of the afternoon was spent canvasing for the church. We split into two groups and visited almost every house. People are SO friendly and welcoming! After we met back at the church, some teenagers were there; they were shouting for us to come into one of the classrooms with them. Louis said we could go, so we followed! The teens were practicing a play/musical and performed the whole thing for us! Of course, much of it was in a language we couldn't understand, but the singing was beautiful. It was an awesome experience. In our car on the way home, a few of us took time to pray that the canvasing would be fruitful. God answered in a BIG way!
This morning at church, we had about 70 people! Last week there were 40. God is always good. :)
So many more things left out, but not time to share them all. Thanks for your prayers.
-Abby for the team