Monday - 30 July 2012
We got into Johanesburg on Monday, late morning.
Our luggage was not there so had to make a luggage claim.
After figuring all of that out and promises that our luggage would be there later on that night;
we met our dear friend Micah and we headed out.
After going to the place we would stay, having lunch and changing we went to Diepsloot, the biggest squatter camp in the area. 250, 000 people in a 2 mile radius.
|A view of part of Diepsloot, we were standing in the soccer pitch.|
We met up with the Impact Africa interns, interpretors and Global Expeditions (GE) South Africa Z Trip for an afternoon of ministry. After hearing about this squatter camp and the ministry I was actually there. We walked around to try and find the other "umlungus" (zulu for "white people")
As we walked around I was able to practice the very little bit of zulu I know "sobonana"
(zulu for see you! - greeting to many).
As we were walking two little girls found us and attached themselves to me and my sister.
Our big group had two trucks for the safari,
all the young high school kids (mostly girls) were in one truck
and all the older, more mature leaders, interns, Impact Africa staff, etc. were in the other truck.
As I took out my camera and extended my lens there were comments of..
"Oh wow look at that lens!"
"It looks like your camera ate mine!"
"that is a long lens!"
Comments like that make me giggle!
|I don't exactly remember what this is, but I know it is rather rare to see. The curve in the "antlers" show how old the animal is.|
|The ostrich is such an ugle animal, they look mad all the time.|
|We saw two different kinds of rhinos, the black and "white" (wide)|
|There were so many elephants!|
|As we were watching the elephants out comes the leopard, there are only two in the whole resserve so it is very rare to see them. |
Our truck driver was so excited that we all got to see it!
On our safari we spotted 4 our Africas Big 5, we didn't see a lion on the safari but we did see many animals that are rarely seen!
After the safari it was time for the Braai
(The word braaivleis is Afrikaans for "grilled meat.")
The food was so good, I had pork (or lamb, I don't remember) it was good!! The best meat I have ever had! After our whole group was done eating they sat around the fire to discuss what things they had learned durring their time in Africa. One by one a team member from the GE team was chosen; one thing that one of the guys said really stuck out to me.
He said that he and his team were really wanting to witness a physical healing and their particular small group hadn't seen that. He had been disappointed but through thigns God revealed to him he realized that he had seen healings. The ones he had seen were of the utmost importance.
He had seen multiple people come to salvation, which is the ultimate healing.
That was so profound to me, I was also hoping to see a physical healing (which I didn't see) but I realized that salvation IS healing.
Wednesday - 1 August 201
On Wednesday was the GE groups last day, we met them at the Lion Park and were able to walk around and see many different animals.
|I love the giraffes!|
|'bout to pet a giraffe|
|I'm feeding a giraffe!|
My group didn't have people show up but we spend time with one lady (Emily) and her children.
We helped with laundry and played with kids.
I had my hair "done", it was a sweet time of getting to know and play with these precious people and share God's love with them.
|This verse is very special to my sister. It is her calling verse, but I found so much truth and relevance in it in relation to the ministry that we did.|
Friday - 3 August 2012
Friday was our day to clean out a storage unit to find giveaway things for the womens conference.
It seems like this would have been a hard thing, the storage unit was full, however with all of us it was a lot of fun!
|Nichie as "super mom" and Katie "Super Kid"|