Well, I’m back in South Africa after two months in the States! Thanks to my US government tax return, I was able to visit friends and family in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Nevada, and a large portion of California’s coast this summer. I worshiped (and did a little work) at Sherwood, saw Celine Dion in concert in Las Vegas, got my phone stolen and recovered in a day in Los Angeles (thank you LAPD), became a golf groupie at Cypress Point, walked through President Ronald Reagan’s Air Force One in Simi Valley, rode the monorail around Disney World (because it’s free), saw an orca whale leap out of the water (Free Willy-style) in Monterey, and ate sushi more times than I can count. It was a memories-made kind of summer, and I loved every minute of it, but I am so glad to be back in SA.
My first two days back were spent catching up with the Ebel’s, a wonderful couple I met several years ago on the set of Fireproof, who are here in SA – living out James 1:27 – adopting their son. I loved getting to spend time with them (it had been too long!) and getting to know Benjamin. He and I became fast friends after I bribed him with toy cars and a meat-filled lunch (South Africans are major carnivores, by the way).
Now I am back in the office, but not letting myself get too settled, because I’m headed to Botswana on Saturday to hang out with the 20+ Hands On students their last few days of orientation!
I know I say this a lot, but thank you for your prayers and your support. These next few months are going to be life-changing, I know it.
Please continue to pray for me as I decide which ministries to get involved in this term. I will continue several of them, but will be seeking out other ministries as well. Also, pray that I have a sense of urgency and intentionality as I build relationships with nationals. Joburg is a lot like America in that it is very fast-paced, and I may only have one chance to show someone Jesus.
“We are here to be living monuments of God’s grace.” – Oswald Chambers