I am back and returned from my '''mission trip'' to South Africa! If I could mush everything into one word (which i can't), i would say ''awesome''. but that doesn't even summarize it. if you ask me what my favorite part was... i really can't answer that. it was mostly all my favorite, and all awesome. i'm going to try my best and tell everything about everything. (with hoping not to ramble too much) ---
Our plane ride was approximately 14.5 hours. I only slept on and off (and not even much at that), and thought it would never end. It was boring, long, long, and more long. But I lived through it and knew i would be stepping on African soil soon enough. :)
and we of course had to get our airport coffee - and photograph it.
my adventure friend.
This is Tumi - a precious, S African little girl we had the chance to share God's love with. Just the same, she brought us pure joy - smiles, hugs, and all. (and showed us up on hoola-hooping. ;)
the pure joy really does rub off and into your soul.
this is evelyn. she was very determined to spin that ball.
they did a lot of this.
it was so cool to look over the field and see this.
Monday mornings we did a school assembly, Sundays we led church services, and Friday we visited youth groups. Along with other ministry stuck in everywhere. We did another kid ministry program in a village one afternoon,where 24 children dedicated their lives to the Lord. God did a lot of amazing. Not looking at numbers, because really they don't mean very much.Just knowing that God ''did''. How He changed and challenged us more than anything.
i also got chased by a monkey with two of my friends. so now I can say: ''I got chased by a monkey in Africa.'' I also got to pet a baby lion. along with eating crocodile and zebra. we also went ice skating right before we headed out. those are a few of the other things we got to do and enjoy (outside of ministry).
these were our heat-less concrete huts. (rondavels)
The second week I was really stretched and pulled out of my ''comfort zone'', yet still some comfortable with sharing and actually talking out. Our second week of ministry we went to a youth detention center. To be honest I really didn't want to go. I was quite nervous and scared. I wasn't at all looking forward to it. So I decided to pray for peace and boldness, and opportunities to share and talk. The first day, there wasn't very many guys there so our plans didn't go ''as planned'', but that was okay. we did get to talk some and God had planned it out better than perfect. The second day was even better.They were many more guys to bring conversation with. I opened up and shared the gospel quite a few times that day and had just some general conversation. Plus a lot of questions about the states. The last day right before we left I got to share and help lead one of the guys to Christ. So that ended up being a super cool day. :) I had total peace that week and it wasn't at all, as scary as i thought. i absolutely think that God did answer my prayer.
6 am sunrises.
(in which I sent my camera with friends. I was not getting out of bed at that hour.)
the airport window where we said our Africa goodbyes.
This mission has now come to an end. But really it hasn't - it's just starting.