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18 posts from June 2007

June 12, 2007

On Safari with the Family

After seven full days of ministry, we decided to take our families on a safari in a local game park in Swaizland. It was a needed break from the pace we've been going. Enjoy the video, and thank you all for your prayers over the past week.

June 11, 2007

Swazi Photo Album

Here are a few photos to go along with the video we've been posting from the last week.

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June 09, 2007

Visiting an AIDS Hospital, Feeding a Hungry Family

As you'll see in the video, we started the day at an AIDS hospital visiting sick children. Then, we met up with a local pastor to deliver food to a needy family. You'll see the grandmother who takes care of the children, as well as the local Swazi church we visited.

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June 06, 2007

Scenes from a Carepoint

Here are a few clips of what we're doing at the carepoints in Swaziland.

June 04, 2007

Today, An AIDS Hospital

Video is coming on the last few days...

Today, we were at an AIDS hospital and spent a lot of time in the infant ward. What can I say? Terrible, awful, depressing, scary...none of those words seem to do it justice. There were babies alone, and some in their mothers arms just waiting to die. We wept, we prayed, and we hoped. Afterwards, we went to an incredible place of hope, a Christian based center where the abandoned babies are cared for in a nurturing, loving way. It was the difference between darkness and light!

We also spend another full day at Thulwane carepoint. When, we arrive there were 3x's as many kids there as the first day. They were just waiting for us! Then off to Mrs. Ruby's carepoint which is nothing more than a few sticks where they cook for the kids.

Love and miss you all!

June 01, 2007

At the Thulwane Carepoint

Here's a few video clips from our day at Thulwane. Emily spent time with the go-gos and the kids enjoyed playing with their new Swazi friends.

Arrival in Africa

After a very long plane ride, we arrived in Joburg two days ago. The kids were really great on the plane. The only issue was that Hudson would only sleep when we were holding him! So, mom and dad were wiped out, but we made it!

We stayed the night in Alabanza, a missionary training center, outside of Pretoria, South Africa. It was very cold and we had one portable heater to share for the 7 of us (it's winter here). Hudson was fast asleep, but woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 1:30am. He screamed until 5:00! Last night, he was so exhausted, he slept through the night.

Today we were at our first care-point called, Thulwane. You may remember this from the Pizza and Bananas Video from the last time I was in Swaziland. The team had an incredible time with the kids. We were able to outfit every single one of them in a brand new pair of clothes. Emily was heading up the "Extreme Makeover" team and it was a raging success. Thanks for your prayers! Video to come, so stay in tune!