Monday, June 9, 2014

Dates with Dodo

It’s Sunday, and I’m sitting on my front porch catching up on letter writing and journal entries.  Like clockwork, at 1 pm, my gate opens and my afternoon date has arrived.  Dodo, my 6-year-old friend, skips up my front lawn with a big ole smile on her face. We greet each other with big grins and we giggle..

Shortly after she arrives Dodo begins to communicate - with expressive hand gestures - what she wants to do for the afternoon. Last week we spent the day swinging in the hammock reading and today she wanted to color so I grabbed the coloring book in my house and sat next to her continuing my writings as she begins to bring color to the page.

Outside of our initial greeting, most of our time was spent in silence. Whether Dodo is with me for 30 minutes or a couple of hours - each quiet moment with her has taught me more and more about the importance of solidarity and the powerful ministry of presence.  I realize that I may spend my mornings in church, but I see and feel God in such a meaningful way during these precious Dates with Dodo.

              Be still, and know that I am God...Psalm 46.10


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Where Has She Been?

Thobela -Friends and Family!

It has been too long since I last posted. For me, this means that my days have been full.  Unfortunately for you that means that ya’ll are out of the loop as to what my life looks like these days.
A picture tells a thousand words... so I've decided to post some  from the past month to catch you up to speed. Here are a few of my favorite faces in some of my favorite places in South Africa.
 Me and my boy Adolf. See that smile? He’s a natural now!

It’s ALWAYS a great day when there are monkey sightings!!

Youth Cultural Weekend  :)
Fetching water with the kids at creche
 Love my hammock dates with these kids!

Working on my African woman status!


Can’t get enough of these munchkins!

I realize that a few pictures can’t fully represent my time here in Masealama, but I can assure you the smile on my face accurately represents the joy that this country and the people are filling me with!

So much love and blessings to you all!

"A Happy Heart Makes the Face Cheerful!" Proverb 15:13