|pictures- african kids with the "mulungu" (white kid)|
What a week. Where to begin? Let's start with the weather- I haven't seen a single cloud in Africa until this week, and let me just tell you- there is nothing like the African sky. I dunno how to describe it, or put it in words but I guess it's just bigger. The sky here is bigger than the sky in America. The sunsets are absolutely breathtaking. Especially after the rain- which turns the landscape like a fiery red. What a cool experience being some 18 year old white kid riding his bike through an African rainstorm in the middle of a township. It's absolutely beautiful. Kinda a different kind of beauty- there's trash and smoke and crime everywhere but it's still such a beautiful place.
Anyways, yesterday was my first baptism on mission. This lil 9 year old Zulu boy named Nihko. We were able to teach him as his dad was there. Kinda tough for two white Americans to teach a kid who can basically only speak Zulu. But with his dad there to translate, it went good. So Sunday morning we swept the spiders and bugs out of the baptisimal font, and had Nihko's baptism. Cool experience.
Area 1: Daveyton
Trainer: Elder Spencer Smith
|and your average african church building (tent)|
|First Baptism Nihko, 9 year old boy|
NOTE FROM MOM: My heart goes out to the West African countries who are suffering from the Ebola outbreak. I have read a lot of blogs from the current missionaries who have been evacuated from Sierra Leonne an from Liberia. Some have been moved down to Johannesburg. some to Ghana. Many to the States. And so forth. When I look at the pictures on their blogs of the "evacuation", it makes me feel sorrow for these great countries who need all the help they can get. I know the doors will open again, but it is a huge loss for the country. Tanner's Mission President has contacted each of us to let us know that they are being cautious and watching the situation closely in case anything makes it's way into South Africa. Please, pray fo the people battling Ebola and for an end to the Ebola outbreak. And that it doesn't consume more countries. I know there is power in prayer.
The picture below is the one that tugs at my heart. The whole Liberian Misison is gathered before their mission president for their orders. all of their luggage is in the background. All the cars to transport them behind that. It took them about 4 days to get them all safely out of the country and reassigned.