Thursday, May 28, 2015

Crossing the Border

We had this letter drafted from the legal department of the church in case we were stopped at the Lesotho border when we brought in humanitarian supplies. Sometimes they try to tax goods coming into the country, so we wanted them to know these were going to be given away not sold.

Cape Town

We had a few hours before we got on the plane for Durban so we stopped at a bird refuge and found these little fellows.
Looks like I have new hairdressers!

Johannesburg Park

We spent a few hours at the park today. One little girl playing ball with her dad said, " look dad the missionaries."  We stopped to talk with them and they are members of the Florida Ward. They knew lots of people we knew from Durban.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

First Time to the Temple

As we were walking to our car Today we met these two men and their families at the Area office. They are from Mombasa, Kenya.  It took them 7 years to save the money to come to South Africa to the Temple. Kepler and his wife are both school teachers.  They are trying to dig a well in their village because it is 30km to fetch water. The most difficulty they face is lack of water and the political unrest. They cannot gather in groups or let people know they are Christians because they could be beaten or killed. They live in fear and the children live in fear, but these men love God and Jesus Christ and asked us to pray for their safety. My heart was broken and I tried not to cry in front of them.
If you are reading this please pray for these families and that all God's children can live in peace. 

 We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Pillowcases From Home

A group of young women from home made pillowcases for a boy's orphanage in Durban. Sadly we have already left the area and won't be able to deliver them, but the young missionaries play soccer with the boys every week and will deliver on their next visit.  The Orphanage is called Streetwise,because they take boys from the streets and offer them a place to stay and a second chance at an education. The place was in need of repair, and what stood out was the bedding and need for new pillowcases.  We also delivered some new blankets for the winter. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Nono and Joe

Nono and Joe are a young couple we have been fellowshipping.  We first met them nearly a year ago when Nono was expecting Gabreilla.  Joe is originally from Malawi and grew up Muslim, but hasn't practiced it for years.  Nono grew up in a Christian family.  One day they were visiting us and finally I said, "Joe you just need to take the discussion and find out what we believe."  They both agreed and started taking the missionary discussions and loved it.  The first time they visited church it was testimony meeting and Nono stood up and said she wanted to become a member.

They are a very special family to us.  Because we have left Durban and now live in Jo-burg we have turned this lovely family over to another senior couple to nuture them and help them feel welcomed.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Goodbye Durban

Our last day in Durban. It's hard to believe our time in Durban has come to an end. We have made some wonderful friends, had some amazing experiences, and felt God's hand guiding us along the way.

Cape Town Visit

We had a few hours before our flight back to Durban so we visited a bird park and found these little rascals who decided to become my new hair dressers. 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Grandma Getting Anxious

I haven't met these two yet. Looking forward to getting to know them. 

Blessed Sunday

Elder Webb and Elder Sorenson serving in Bluff. 

This is a lovely chapel in Kwa-mashu.