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Author: host Created: 12/30/2008 11:42 AM
South Africa Mission Trip 2008-09

Erin Kahler shares her daily blog with us. This blog gives a true day-by-day synopsis of the trip, and includes some pictures as well.

Check it out at: http://asburytoafrica.blogspot.com/

While we were in South Africa, and even more so since I’ve returned home, I’ve been trying to sort out what I have been thinking and feeling.  My family and everyone at work keeps asking me, “How was it?” and the best answer, the easiest answer I can give is “Good.”  “Good” does nothing to capture the experience.  As I sat down to write this, I was listening to music from HitzTV, the Christian music video show on a local cable channel.   “Let It Fade” by Jeremy Camp came on...most people know that I love Jeremy Camp’s music, and this song in particular struck a chord with me at this time.  I think the lyrics speak to many of us, at various times in our lives.  The full lyrics appear at the end of this note, but this part in particular spoke to me:

 

There's more than this, more than this.

Have you been standing on your own feet too long?

Have you been looking for a place where you belong?

You can rest, you will find rest.

You can rest, you will find rest.

 

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Hi Mindy and friends,  Thanks for the prayers.  We have been well, though wet.  It was raining for 4 days, but the sun broke through a bit today.  We did a one day bible school for about 55 children in the ‘township’ or black community just over the hill from where Michael lives.  His church already did a holiday bible school and they also do a Saturday club with ladies named Beauty and Goodness who helped today.  They are not the teachers at the school, just loving Christians telling the Good News.  The school here has many more rooms than Deelpan or Pholoso, and serves a larger community in the suburbs of Pietermaritzburg.  There are homes of all types dotting several hillsides. The hills are more like Appalachian mountain/hills, but with few trees and houses closer together with graves in many front yards.  They supposedly now have water and electric in the homes, but there was no water or electric at the school.  The homes vary from mud shacks to 1 or 2 room block homes like we’ve seen elsewhere...

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Jim & Jenny Gast have extended their trip to South Africa to spend two additional weeks with Michael Stone near his Pietermaritzburg home.

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Pastor Michael Stone and the kids are here, but Lynne (his wife)  is not.  It's good to see them.  Michael is the voice of sanity.  We did see Matthews (Derek and family where the camp was held for the first four years) on Monday and again at worship today.  It really felt like we were standing on holy ground when we went to Mathews' farm on Monday.

Bryan has the blood sugar disease (diabeties--I really wish I could spell).  The good news is that his blood sugar is down and he won't have to have injections.

Oh, we have see a couple of real dust storms (rough on the contacts!) but spectacular.  Nice rainbows as well.  This Kansas type geography is beautiful.

Dick

Hi!

Camp is over.  We were in such a protected enviornment at Derek's--I'm afraid we saw a good bit of the real South Africa this week.  I'm drained big time. 

There were certainly highlights.  The cross we built is more beautiful than you can imagine.  Worship was lovely with music, drama and personal testimonies from several campers.  These guys came expecting a young adult camp with deep thinking, etc.  Our curriculum was for Jr High so that was something we had to work on.

We saw an ugly bit of racism today.  It's tough for Americans to see each other's side so it mostly just makes us sad.

The team is all well (other than sleep deprivation and sadness for the situation).

There is no internet at the game farm so it will be a few days before I can be in touch again.

Dick

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From Team Member Dick McCreight:

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Hi !

Bryan has cellular internet so I can get on line every now and then. 

Things are going well here.  It's elective time on Tuesday afternoon and I'm not leading an elective!  I love the down time.  All the counselors are doing well.  We were a bit jet-lagged on Sunday be seemed okay by Wednesday.  We went to Deelpan on Monday before camp started for VBS and it was great seeing the familiar faces.  When Andy Kramer got out of the car it was like a rock star arrived--On-dee, On-dee, On-dee! (that's Andy chanted with Tswana accent).  We had 100 kids there.  The VBS team went to Deelpan again today (2hrs round trip) and will start at Pholoso school (just across the field from the farm) tomorrow.  The Deelpan group had 200 kids today!

Camp is unbelivebly wonderful.  We have a dining hall, two dorms, a chapel, a shower house, men's and ladies' bathrooms.  The Price family pulled this off...

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