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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

2015-Day 2 at Ludlati Carepoint

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

2015-Day 1 at Ludlati Carepoint

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It’s been a great trip with a lot of great ministry and interaction with the Swazi leadership team. Unfortunately Internet access has been very unreliable. Don was only able to send pictures for each day. He will blog & share more upon his return. Don’t forget to keep praying for the team. They will be returning Thursday afternoon.

Enjoy the pictures!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Travel to Ludlati Carepoint 2015

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The 2015 trip to visit Ludlati Carepoint is under way.  We are thankful to God that we are funded once again for this important trip.  A big thanks to all who gave time, energy and money.  The ladies who cook (Bomake) and mentors have reported to us year after year that our visits have helped to the kids change in good ways.  The kids care more about themselves and each other since we started coming and have been able to return for the past 5 years.  We are looking forward to our sixth visit, and we suspect from past experience the kids are excited too.  The building of relationships is of key importance in showing and sharing love that produces hope and encouragement in the face of life challenges.

These first two days are travel days that gets us to Johannesburg South Africa.  Tomorrow we will drive to Swaziland, get situated at the Guest House where we will stay and begin preparations of supplies for Tuesday.  We look forward to the reunion and look forward to sharing it with you.  Internet access will be limited, but we will do our best to share the story and pictures with you.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

2015 Packing Party

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The 2015 Swaziland Team will be leaving this Friday night! Please keep them and our Swazi friends in your prayers!

Many of us came together today to pack gifts for our Swaziland friends.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

2014 - Day 7 at Ludlati Carepoint

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Today was the last day at Ludlati Carepoint for this year’s visit.  We made the most of spending as much time with the kids and Bomake as we could.  At the afternoon gathering, we sang a couple songs with the kids and thanked them for making us feel welcome and being our friends.  We told them we love them and we think about them everyday while we are gone.  We look forward to the possibility of visiting again next year.

We also took a chance to thank the Bomake once again for working so hard and being faithful to the kids at the Carepoint.  We enjoyed sharing some gifts to show our appreciation.  They also thanked us for coming and for blessing them so much.  We said that they were and are an amazing blessing to us!

It is painful to say goodbye to such wonderful friends.  We are happy to know each other, grateful for the fun time we shared together, and sad to leave our friends behind.  There is so much more detail to share about the closeness of friendship we now share together.  I hope to write more about this after we return.  We have laughed and cried together about wonderful and terrible things here in Swaziland.  Our prayer for each other is thankfulness for His love that binds us together in friendship and that He will keep us safe, provide for us abundantly, and bring us together again.

Enjoy the pictures.  I hope to post more after we return home.

Monday, July 14, 2014

2014 - Day 6 at Ludlati Carepoint

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Yesterday was Sunday and the team took a much needed rest.  We went Pastor Sam’s church in Moneni near Manzini.  I met Pastor Sam on my first trip to Swaziland in 2009.  He was and still is focused on helping the needy, serving others in the community and sharing the gospel through deeds and words.  His sermon was amazing.  A good reminder that when we give up our earthly life to Christ, He gives us real life in return.  If we try to hold onto it ourselves, we will lose our life.  We can love and serve God and others in everyday life.

Today is Monday and we were back at Ludlati Carepoint again.  Today we had special plans. We had a special donation seperate from team funding to give each of the Bomake $100 for shopping.  So the ladies on our team took the Bomake into town for a shopping trip.  They used $50 for clothes and $50 for shopping at the grocery store.  What a fun and exciting day it was!  You can see from the pictures that they were really excited!  They purchased some clothes and shoes for themselves and for their kids.  They also purchased a lot of food for their families.  It is a wonderful pleasure to bless these hard working, dedicated, faithful ladies with a small token of our appreciation for all the do for the kids at Ludlati Carepoint.

Since the ladies went shopping, that left the men to take care of the kids at Ludlati Carepoint.  We were up to the task!  We fed the kids as they came in after school.  They kids were really excited to see us serving them their lunch.  It was a pleasure to serve and share this simple activity together!

I had a special moment with one of our family’s special friends named Namsile.  She came up to me today and asked in English, “Where is King Barbra”  my wife.  This is a big deal since Namsile is relatively shy.  I told her she asked a very good question, and that my wife could not make it this year.  I will tell her hello for you.  It is beautiful to see the kids getting more and more comfortable with us each year.  The relationships continue to grow between us and the kids!  It is making a real difference in our and their lives.  We are all blessed to be connected to these kids to live life together in a seemingly small way.  It turns out to be bigger than we may be tempted to think.

I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoy being here with our friends!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

2014 - Day 5 at Ludlati Carepoint - FUN DAY!

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Today was FUN DAY!

We have a rule we like to joke about and that is “No crying on FUN DAY!”  We feel it is important to put aside the challenging issues and the burden we feel in our hearts for some of the kids in more difficult circumstances.  We focus on making up fun activities to do with the kids and have as great a time together as we possibly can.  And we always do have a great time.

Due to the cooler weather (it is the middle of winter here), we opted NOT to do the blind folded water relay race.  This years games are Ameba Tag, Bean Bag Toss, The Blanket Game and a 15 minute Ludlati Movie shown inside the main building.

After the game time was completed, we gathered everyone together and sang songs.  The kids presented a specail chorus to sing us a song they had been working hard on.  The harmonies and rhythms were strong and their song sounded amazing!  Aidan and I played the two acoustic guitars while Greg lead the group to sing “Forever and a Day”.  We taught the kids to sing an echo of the line “you called me beautiful”..and they are beautiful…and it was a beautiful time!  Greg asked the kids if they had a request song they wanted us to do, and “Nobody No NO” was called out.  This song has stuck with the kids and they seem to love it and want to sing it often.  Greg has received a Swazi name as a result of this song.  From this day forward we shall call him Babe Nobody.  Samkelo came up and sang a solo song for the group at the end.  He has a great voice, and we are proud of his courage to share his gift and song with us all.

The meal was cooked by the AIM staff and the Bomake.  We had pap, grilled sausage meat (kind of like brats) covered with a delicious tomato, green pepper and onion sause.  We heard many of the kids saying they love to eat meat!

At the end of the day lovely cupcakes were passed out to all.  I was requested by kids and the Bomake to take a picture of them with their festively decorated cupcakes!

Thank You Lord for our fifth FUN DAY together!

Tomorrow is Sunday and we plan to go to Pastor Sam’s church in Monenee which is close to Manzini.  We went to his church last year and really enjoyed it.  The team will not visit the carepoint this day, and will take a much needed rest.  The team has worked hard and put a lot of energy into spending time with the kids all week.  I think they did a great job building on last years relationships to continue to grow more and deeper relationships with all our friends here.

Enjoy the FUN DAY pics!


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